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World Handicap System

The World Handicap System is designed to welcome more players, make golf easier to understand and to give all golfers a handicap which is portable all around the globe.

It has replaced the six different systems that were used by over 15 million golfers in more than 80 countries.

It has been developed by The R&A and The United States Golf Association (USGA), supported by the world’s handicapping authorities, including CONGU, which represents the four home countries of Great Britain and Ireland.

The WHS system features the following:

  • A consistent handicap that is portable from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA Course and Slope Rating System, already successfully used in more than 80 countries
  • An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores
  • A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day
  • Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation
  • A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game

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  • WHS Timeline
  • WHS Highlights
  • WHS FAQ's
  • Playing Handicap Allowances
  • Player Reference Guide
  • Wales Golf App User Guide
  • What Happens to my Handicap Index When I Fail to Submit my Score? (NR)
  • Why Does My Handicap Index Increase After Submitting a Good Score, and Vice- Versa?
  • I Am Playing in a Multi Tee Event… How Many Strokes Do I Get?
  • The Conditions Were Tough Today… Why Wasn’t There a Playing Conditions Calculation (PCC) Adjustment?