The new World Handicap System has been designed to make golf more modern, fun and inclusive.
The R&A and the USGA have created nine videos that capture this and break down each key change in a simple to understand manner. The videos work best as a sequence and we have put them in an order which we think will make the best sense.

World Handicapping System (WHS) - Introduction

The World Handicap System has been designed to make golf more modern, fun and inclusive. It is a consistent system that is being implemented around the world.

Basis of Calculation

A golfer’s handicap index will be calculated as an average of their best eight scores from the last 20 rounds. This means a golfer’s handicap index is responsive, fairer and reflective of their ability on a good day.

Course and Slope Rating

Under WHS, every golf course will have both a course and slope rating attached to it. Learn here how these ratings are calculated by qualified teams and how they impact a golfer’s playing handicap.

Playing Handicap

A playing handicap is a measure of a golfer’s ability and enables all golfers to play together and enjoy the sport equally. A playing handicap is calculated using slope rating and course rating and is dependent on which tee set a golfer plays from

Maximum Handicap Index 54

To make the game more inclusive and accessible, the maximum handicap index has been set at 54.0. This key change to the World Handicap system allows golfers of all levels to track their ability.

Acceptable Scores

The more scores that are returned, the more accurately a handicap index will reflect a player’s ability.

Daily Revisions

Every time a score is returned, a golfer’s handicap index is recalculated overnight to ensure it remains accurate and up-to-date and ready for play on the next day. Learn more here.

Net Double Bogey

A score of Net Double Bogey has been introduced to mitigate against one bad hole spoiling a round and speed up play. This video shows you how to complete this calculation and decide when to pick up your ball and continue with your round.

Playing conditions calculation

Golf is an outdoor sport and the weather conditions, toughness of course and hole locations all affect scoring. Under WHS, a good score on a calm day may not measured the same as a poorer score on a harder day for handicap purposes.