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World Handicap System Update

Coming in 2020, the USGA and The R&A are collaborating with world constituents to bring six different handicap system together into a single set of Rules for Handicapping. The new World Handicap System will enable golfers of different abilities to play and compete on a fair and equal basis, no matter how or where they play. Five things you should know about the World Handicap System (WHS).



-The Handicap Index calculation is changing. Your number will be based off your 8 best scores out of the past 20.  You may see a minor change immediately in your handicap index in January, despite not having played.

-Your Course Handicap will change- Slope Rating and now Course Rating will be used to determine your course handicap, allowing you to play from different tees without any adjustments.

-Net Double Bogey will replace ESC.- The maximum hole score for handicap purposes will be limited to Net Double Bogey. 

-You’ll have more responsive Handicap Index updates. Your Handicap Index will update the day after you post your score.

-Safeguards have been added to protect your Handicap Index.The system will account for abnormal playing conditions, limit extreme upward movement of a Handicap Index, and reduce a Handicap Index when an exceptional; score is posted. 

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