Although golf is now played based on a single set of rules (governed by the R&A and USGA), there are currently six different handicap systems around the world. The World Handicap System (WHS) will unify all of these six existing systems into a single system to enable golfers of different abilities to play and compete on a fair and equal basis, in any format, on any course, anywhere around the world.

England Golf have advised that the WHS will come into force in Great Britain on 2nd November 2020.

Summary of Main Points

The new handicap system will include:

• Course Rating and Slope Rating for each set of tees
• Your Handicap Index will be based on average of best 8 from last 20 qualifying scores
• Maximum handicap Index will be 54
• Abnormal course and weather conditions adjustments on a daily basis
• Your Course Handicap will depend on the slope rating of the course/tees being used
• Your Playing Handicap will depend on the format of play (i.e. individual medal or stableford or 4BBB etc.)
• A Soft Cap (+ 3 shots) and Hard Cap (+5 shots) will ensure that your handicap index does not increase excessively in a rolling year.

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