August 15, 2019

Five Things to Know: World Handicap System

The World Handicap System is set to debut in 2020.

TAMPA, Fla. – The World Handicap System is set to debut in 2020 and will allow golfers to play on an equitable and fair basis around the globe. This new system will include a number of new concepts and terms for golfer around the world to learn.
Here are five things to know.

Daily Revisions

In our current system, handicaps are updated on the first and 15th of each month. Under the WHS, handicaps will be updated on a daily basis and it will be very important that golfers post their scores on the day that play golf.

Playing Conditions Calculation

The Playing Conditions Calculation will be a statistical calculation that determines if conditions on a day of play differed from normal playing conditions to the extent that they significantly impacted players' performance. Examples include: course conditions, weather conditions and course set-up.

Net Double Bogey

Replacing our current system of Equitable Stroke Control, is Net Double Bogey. This will be used regardless of a players' handicap and is much simpler to remember. If you are headed towards a big number on a hole, for handicapping purposes, you will post Net Double Bogey.

For example, if you are an 18 handicap, playing a par-4, and on your second shot you hit a couple balls out of bounds, your score for that hole, would be a seven.

We get to that number by taking the par (4), add 2 for double bogey, and any handicap strokes received (1), totaling a score of 7, for the hole.

Exceptional Score

An exceptional score will be a score that is at least 7.0 strokes better than the player's Handicap Index at the time the round was played.

Six systems into one

At this time, there are six different handicap systems used around the world. Each is well developed and successfully provides equity for play locally, but each of the different systems produces slightly differing results.

The WHS will unify the six systems into a single system that will:

Enable golfers of different ability to play and compete on a fair and equitable basis, in any format, on any course, anywhere around the world
Be easy to understand and implement, without sacrificing accuracy
Meet the varied needs and expectations of golfers, golf clubs and golf authorities all around the world and be adaptable to suit all golfing cultures

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