How does the World Hanidcap System work?

For golfers in England, calculating a new Handicap Index will be front of mind when adopting the WHS. The process will begin in the same way throughout the world by accurately measuring a player’s golfing ability.


For regular golfers, this will be done by:


  • The WHS Software calculating the average of the eight best scores from the previous 20 rounds.


For new golfers, they will have to submit scorecards of 54 holes (3x 18 holes, 6x 9 holes or any combination of 9 and 18 holes) to their golf club’s Handicap Committee.

From this, they will be provided with an initial Handicap Index. After a player has achieved 20 scores, a ‘fully developed’ Handicap Index can be calculated to provide the most accurate representation of a player’s ability.

To ensure a 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 of their scores.

Golf clubs will manage the WHS through a Handicap Committee. The main roles and responsibilities of each club are to conduct and manage handicap reviews and communicate to the club’s members.





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