World Handicap System (WHS)

October 4, 2019

The World Handicap System will replace the six different systems currently used by over 15 million golfers in more than 80 countries.


It has been developed by The R&A and The United States Golf Association (USGA), supported by the world’s handicapping authorities, including CONGU, which represents the four home countries of Great Britain and Ireland.


To make the game more enjoyable, the new system will include:

  • Course rating and slope rating

  • Minimum number of scores to obtain a handicap

  • Competitive and recreational scores to count for handicap

  • Handicaps will be calculated from an average of recent scores

  • Maximum handicap of 54

  • Abnormal course and weather conditions adjustments

Here are a few links to videos which provide more information about WHS:



Part 1 - Introduction to changes coming with WHS2020


Part 2 - Changes coming to handicapping under WHS2020


Part 3 - Basis of handicap calculation WHS2020


Part 4 - Acceptable scores under WHS2020



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