Golf is played the same way all around the world, so it makes sense to handicap the same way no matter where in the world you are, especially as international play is becoming more and more common for golfers. The new World Handicap System (WHS) is globally recognized, which means golfers around the world can use it to accurately compare and measure their game. The WHS blends six widely used rules for handicapping in order to create a unified global system. The new system is already in effect in North America and will take effect across the world over the course of this year.
Here’s what you need to know about the new WHS:
Accessibility and Inclusivity
The WHS is intended to be accessible to golfers everywhere and to be inclusive of all skill levels. This is partially achieved by the low amount of play needed to qualify for a new official handicap. All you need is to have completed 54 holes and you are eligible for an official handicap.
Under the WHS, your handicap will update daily to reflect your current handicap accurately.
Types of Play
The WHS allows for various play formats to count towards your handicap, so whether you are playing recreationally or professionally, the WHS is made to be flexible and fit you.
The geographic layout of a course is a major factor in how well you play. Course and slope ratings have been expanded and are the foundation for handicaps in the new WHS.
The WHS counts your best eight scores in twenty rounds. Good rounds are weighted more heavily, so your handicap under the WHS reflects your game on a good day more so than an average one.
Impact of Weather Conditions
The WHS includes a factor called playing conditions calculation (or PCC), which takes weather into account in regards to your score. Weather conditions impact your game a lot, so it only makes sense that they should be accounted for when calculating your handicap.
If you’re interested in getting an official handicap through the WHS, you can do so through your local golf club if you are a member. If you’re not a member of a golf club but would like a handicap, contact your local Allied Golf Association.
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