The World Handicapping System, which launched in January 2020, will unify six different handicap systems together into a single set of Rules for Handicapping.

The new system enables golfers of different ability to play and compete on a fair and equitable basis, in any format, on any course, anywhere around the world; be easy to understand and implement, without sacrificing accuracy; and meet the varied needs and expectations of golfers, clubs and authorities all around the world and be adaptable to suit all golfing cultures.

The WHS will encompass both the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System (formerly the USGA Course Rating and Slope System).

In addition to the calculation, there are four important new features of the WHS:

  • Course Handicaps are changing
  • Net Double Bogey is replacing Equitable Stroke Control (ESC)
  • Your Handicap Index will be revised after every day you post a score instead of every two weeks
  • New precautions to prevent extreme upward movement of a Handicap Index



World Handicap System Home (USGA)

The 5 Things You Need to Know About WHS

WHS Informational Videos

WHS Frequently Asked Questions