World Handicap System 2020

The USGA and R&A have officially announced the new World Handicap System (WHS), scheduled to make it's debut in 2020.  The new WHS is aimed at supporting the enjoyment of the game for golfers everywhere.

The new system will feature the following:
  • Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring that a golfer's handicap is more reflective of potential ability
  • A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap
  • A consistent handicap that is portable from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA Course and Slope Rating System (already being used in more than 80 countries)
  • An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and factoring in memory of demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control
  • A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player's performance each day
  • Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation
  • A limit of Net Double Bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only)
  • A maximum handicap limit of 54.0 regardless of gender

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Read the press release from the USGA and R&A here.

World Handicap System 2020 FAQs

Below are some infographics to aid in the understanding and key features of the WHS:


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