The World Handicap System launches (WHS) officially on 2nd November in England. Are you ready for it and what does it mean for you?
Currently, there are 6 different handicap systems around the world. When the whole point of a handicap is to allow players of different abilities to be able to play together, having different handicap systems can actually work against you. The WHS will allow golfers to play any golf course, anywhere around the world on equal terms. It will also eliminate players of the same ability having different handicaps.
Current Handicap Systems
- USGA Handicap System
- EGA Handicap System
- ONGU Unified Handicap System
- South African Handicap System
- Golf Australia Handicap System
- Argentina Handicap System
What will the new system take into consideration?
- Course rating and slope rating
- Minimum number of scores to obtain a handicap
- Competitive and recreational scores to count for handicap
- Handicaps will be calculated from an average of recent scores
- A maximum handicap of 54
- Unusual course and weather conditions adjustments
As told by EnglandGolf.org
Your Handicap Index
The Handicap Index will measure the level of golfer that you are, and is the information you take with you from course to course. For golfers who play regularly, the World Handicap System calculates the best 8 scores from 20 rounds. New golfers will have to submit 54 holes worth of golf for a handicap to be determined.
Each golf course will have its own rating. The Golf Course Rating will determine the difficulty of a the course by evaluating two challenges: the playing length of the course and any obstacles that a player will run into such as hazards.
The Slope Rating compares the number of shots a Bogey Golfer and a Scratch Golfer would take from the same tees. This rating figures out the number of strokes each player will get to play a particular golf course. If a course has a higher Slope Rating, a Bogey Golfer will get more additional strokes to be able to play.
Your Course Handicap
The World Handicap System aims to make playing different courses more fair, so before you tee off at any course, you will now have to convert your Handicap Index into a Course Handicap, by assessing the Course Rating and Slope Rating. This will work out the number of additional strokes you will receive.
What’s your new Handicap?
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