World Handicap System

What is the WHS?

The new World Handicap System (WHS) is designed to:

* Attract more players to the game
* Make handicapping easier to understand
* Give all golfers a Handicap Index that can be transferable from club to club

Developed by The R&A and USGA in collaboration with existing handicap authorities, the benefit of the WHS over the current system is it combines the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System.

How does the WHS work?

For golfers in England, calculating a new Handicap Index will be front of mind when adopting the WHS. The process will begin in the same way throughout the world - by accurately measuring a player's golfing ability.
For regular golfers, this will be done by:
* The WHS Software calculating the average of the eight best scores from the previous 20 rounds.
For new golfers, they will have to:
* Submit scorecards of 54 holes (3 x 18, 6 x 9 or any combination of 9 and 18 holes) to their golf club's Handicap Committee.
From this they will be provided an initial Handicap Index. After a player has achieved 20 scores, a "fully developed" Handicap Index can be calculated to provide the most accurate representation of a player's ability.
To ensure a player has only one Handicap Index, the golfer will nominate a home club. The home club is determined by the player, but for practicality it is recommended this is where the player typically submits the most of their scores.

Why has the WHS been created?

The new WHS has been created to allow as many golfers as possible the opportunity to:-

*Obtain and maintain a Handicap Index and reduce barriers of entry.
*Use their Handicap Index on any golf course around the world.
*Compete, or play recreationally, fairly regardless of where they play.

With golf being centred around one standard set of rules governed by The R&A and USGA, it makes sense to unify the previous six different Handicapping systems, making for a more inclusive and equitable sport.
The WHS was therefore developed with consideration given to club golfers who platy both sporadically and more regularly.
With all golfers only initially required to submit scorecards for 54 holes to acquire a Handicap Index, the new WHS is less formidable for new players.
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