The all new WHS 2020 comes into operation on 2nd November this year. There are many changes, and all of these will be explained to you in forthcoming “Seminar Evenings”, at our Club, when we are allowed to congregate, via the TV screen in the bar, social media, our new website, emails and our Facebook page.
What is the World Handicap System (WHS)?
Developed by The R&A and USGA in collaboration with existing handicap authorities, the benefit of the WHS over the current system is it combines the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System.
• Attract more players to the game
• Making handicapping easier to understand
• Give all golfers a Handicap Index that can be transferrable from club to club
Why has the WHS been created?
To allow as many golfers as possible the opportunity to:
• Obtain and maintain a Handicap Index and reduce barriers of entry
• Use their Handicap Index on any golf course around the world
• Compete, or play recreationally, fairly regardless of where they play
With golf being centered around one standard set of rules governed by The R&A and USGA, it makes sense to unify the previous six different Handicapping systems, making for a more inclusive and equitable sport.
The WHS was therefore developed with consideration given to club golfers who play both sporadically and more regularly.
With all golfers only initially required to submit scorecards for 54 holes to acquire a Handicap Index, the new WHS is less formidable for new players.
What do I need to do?
All Club handicaps will now start with an assessment of your last 20 games, played in an official Club competition, from the whole 2019 season up to and including, what is left of this season. The best 8 of the 20 scores submitted will be selected and the average of these best 8 will form the start point, which is called your Handicap Index.
Other factors then come into play, but the submitted qualifying scores are the most important starting point for all players.
The 8 chosen cards are designed to reflect the true average playing ability of each of us, and these scores can be made up of multiples or 9 or 18 holes. The importance of Qualifying scores becomes evident when the following parameters are observed.
If you only have 6 cards submitted, then the calculated Handicap Index will be the average of the lowest 2 scores, with a figure of Minus 1 adjusted to the average.
For 5 cards, the lowest score is taken.
For 4 cards the lowest score is taken with a further Minus 1 adjustment.
For 3 cards, lowest 1 score, together with a Minus 2 adjustment.