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The World Handicap System

A modern handicap system for all golfers everywhere

The World Handicap System (WHS) is ready to be launched from January 2020 and will provide golfers with a unified and more inclusive handicapping system for the first time.

Though many countries are planning to adopt the new system in January, the system will go live in other parts of the world throughout the year to accommodate different implementation plans and variations in the golfing calendar.

Developed by The R&A and USGA in close coordination with existing handicapping authorities, the WHS will provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability, with handicaps calculated in the same way wherever they are in the world.

A key objective of the initiative was to develop a modern system, enabling as many golfers as possible to obtain and maintain a Handicap Index. Golfers will be able to transport their Handicap Index globally and compete or play a casual round with players from other regions on a fair basis. It will also indicate the score a golfer is reasonably capable of achieving the next time they go out to play.


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World Handicap System Videos

World Handicap System Resources

Take a tour of some of the key resources supporting the new system which are tailored to;

  • National Associations
  • Golf Clubs
  • Players

Use the panels to discover more.

National Associations

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​National Associations

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Resources for National Associations

By the end of 2019, more than 90 National Associations will have attended an education seminar and a robust library of materials has been created to help them in the delivery of their own education programmes to state, regional and provincial associations and golf clubs.

National Associations are encouraged to utilise these resources – which include videos, posters and a PowerPoint presentation.

The portal also provides the opportunity for National Associations to submit their discretionary choices and create their own Rule book.

Rules of Handicapping books are being produced and will be translated and delivered through national associations. 

National Associations are encouraged to utilise all resources available to them via WHS.com. This platform allows them to login and support their clubs with the new World Handicap System roll out.

WHS Online Resource Portal

Visit whs.com/resource-portal to login to the National Association Resource Portal.

Golf Clubs

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​National Associations

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Players

What should clubs do?

Implementation plans will vary around the world and golf club administrators are encouraged to engage with their National Association to obtain information regarding launch dates and the assistance they need to prepare themselves and their membership for transition to the World Handicap System.

National Associations have access to a series of golfer-focused materials, including videos, infographics and posters which can be shared with golf clubs to help ensure a smooth transition.

National Association Finder

Click HERE to find your national association on WHS.com

Players

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​National Associations

​Golf Clubs

Players

What should golfers do?

We have developed a series of resources including video, download and infographic materials for all golfers in the build up to the introduction of the World Handicap System.

Player Resources

For more resources and educational material for golfers please click HERE.

Click HERE to find your National Association on WHS.com.

3 Key Principles

The WHS is based on solid foundations, agreed early in the process:

Background

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