Handicaps – What is WHS?

The new World Handicapping System (WHS) came into play November 2nd 2020 in Great Britain and Ireland and replaces the previous CONGU handicapping system, WHS has now been adopted by all golf clubs in England. It is part of a system used by over 15 million golfers in 80 countries world wide. 

The WHS is designed to attract more players to the game, make handicapping easier to understand and 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 previous system is it combines the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System.

WHS has been created to allow as many golfers as possible the opportunity to obtain and maintain a Handicap Index so reducing barriers of entry, it allows golfers to use their Handicap Index on any golf course around the world whilst also allowing them to compete or play recreationally, fairly regardless of where they play.

For regular golfers the WHS software will calculate the average of the eight best scores from the previous 20 rounds and for new golfers they will have to submit scorecards of 54 holes (3 x 18 holes, 6 x 9 holes or any combination of 9 and 18 holes) to their golf club’s Handicap Secretary, from this they will be provided with an initial Handicap Index, after a player has achieved 20 scores ‘fully developed’ Handicap Index can be calculated to provide the most accurate representation of a player’s ability.

To ensure the 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 recent of their scores.

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