The USGA will release a series of World Handicap System (WHS) educational videos throughout the 2019 season. Click on each picture below to view:
VIDEO 1: Introductory Video

VIDEO 2: Minimum number of holes to obtain a Handicap Index and Maximum Handicap Index of 54.0

VIDEO 3: Basis of calculation of Handicap Index

VIDEO 4: Acceptability of scores for handicap purposes

VIDEO 5: Course Rating and Slope Rating

VIDEO 6: Calculation of a Playing Handicap

VIDEO 7: Net Double Bogey

VIDEO 8: Playing Conditions Calculation

VIDEO 9: Frequency of Updates



Why a World Handicap System?

A World Handicap System (WHS) will unify six different handicap systems used around the world, making it possible for golfers to compete on a fair and equitable basis, in any format, on any course, anywhere in the world. It is a collaboration of the United States Golf Association, Argentine Golf Association, European Golf Association, Council of National Golf Unions, South African Golf Association, Golf Australia, the R & A, and National Associations, along with feedback from golfers and golf club administrators worldwide.

Further details of the WHS will become available soon, with materials, resources, and education becoming available in 2019. It will be launched in 2020.

Here are a few examples of the new features: An adjustment for abnormal course and weather conditions is added, the minimum number of scores needed changes from five 18-hole scores to three, a maximum handicap moves up to 54.0, regardless of gender, and daily handicap revisions are added.

The WHS will be easier to understand and put into practice, encouraging more to participate… everyone from beginners to the experienced, from the recreational to the competitive.

Please take a moment to watch this short USGA video:

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