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World Handicap system (WHS)


2024 World Handicap System Revision Summary

Official WHS Site & Revision Announcement

Five Things to know About the World Handicap System

Also Check Out the CGSA WHS Weekly Updates


  1. The Handicap Index Calculation is Changing

    1. Your number will be based on your 8 best scores out of the past 20.

    2. For most U.S. golfers, the change will be minor, but you may see that your handicap Index changed in January, despite not having played.

  2. You will have a Playing Handicap
    Slope Rating and now Course Rating and Par will be used to determine your Playing Handicap, allowing players to compete from different tees more easily.


  3. Net Double Bogey will replace ESC
    The maximum hole score for handicap purposes will be limited to Net Double Bogey (Par + 2 + any handicap strokes you receive.)


  4. Your Handicap Index will update the day after you or the Golf Shop posts a score. On days you don’t submit a score, no update will take place.

  5. Safeguards have been added to protect your Handicap Index.
    The system will account for abnormal playing conditions, limit extreme upward movement of a Handicap Index, and reduce a Handicap Index when an exceptional score is posted.


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