The World Handicap System (WHS)

The World Handicap System (WHS) made its debut in the UK in November 2020, revolutionising the handicapping experience for golfers by introducing a unified and inclusive approach.

While several countries embraced this groundbreaking system earlier, its global implementation has now been rolled out globally, taking into account diverse implementation plans and variations in golfing schedules across the world.

Collaboratively developed by The R&A, USGA, and existing handicapping authorities, the WHS ensures that golfers, regardless of their location, benefit from a consistent assessment of their playing ability. Handicaps are calculated uniformly worldwide.

A central aim of this initiative was to establish a contemporary system that grants as many golfers as possible access to obtaining and maintaining a Handicap Index. Golfers will now have the freedom to carry their Handicap Index anywhere in the world, enabling them to compete or engage in casual rounds on an equitable basis with players from different regions.

Additionally, the system will offer insights into the expected score a golfer is capable of achieving during their next game.