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The World Handicap System is launching in 2020.

It is designed to welcome more players, to make golf easier to understand and to give all golfers a handicap which is portable all around the globe. 
It will replace the six different systems currently used by over 15 million golfers in more than 80 countries. 

Please take a moment to watch the videos below (courtesy of England Golf), or click for more detailed info. 

Please click to view the England Golf Privacy Notice relating to this new WHS system.

World Handicap System - An Introduction.

The World Handicap System has been designed to make golf more modern, fun and inclusive. It is a consistent system that is being implemented around the world. Each video in this playlist details a key change introduced by the World Handicap System.
World Handicap System - Basis of Calculation

A golfer’s handicap index will be calculated as an average of their best eight scores from the last 20 rounds. This means a golfer’s handicap index is responsive, fairer and reflective of their ability on a good day. Learn more with this easy to follow video
World Handicap System - Course and Slope Rating

Under WHS, every golf course will have both a course and slope rating attached to it. Learn here how these ratings are calculated by qualified teams and how they impact a golfer’s playing handicap. Thanks to course and slope ratings, a player’s handicap is fully transportable across the world. This video highlights the process.
World Handicap System - Playing Handicap

A playing handicap is a measure of a golfer’s ability and enables all golfers to play together and enjoy the sport equally. A playing handicap is calculated using slope rating and course rating and is dependent on which tee set a golfer plays from. A playing handicap can be used to work out how many strokes a golfer has for each hole. 
This change for the World Handicap system is a simple and inclusive way for all golfers to play together and compete in fair formats of the sport. 
World Handicap System - Maximum Handicap Index 54

To make the game more inclusive and accessible, the maximum handicap index has been set at 54.0. This key change to the World Handicap system allows golfers of all levels to track their ability. With a welcoming and more easily accessible handicap index, beginner golfers are able to enjoy a game with friends or play in club competitions.
World Handicap System - Acceptable Scores

The more scores that are returned, the more accurately a handicap index will reflect a player’s ability. With WHS, there are many formats of play over nine and 18 holes from which a player can return a score. Learn more here.
World Handicap System - Net Double Bogey

A score of Net Double Bogey has been introduced to mitigate against one bad hole spoiling a round and speed up play. This video shows you how to complete this calculation and decide when to pick up your ball and continue with your round.
World Handicap System - Daily Revisions

Every time a score is returned, a golfer’s handicap index is recalculated overnight to ensure it remains accurate and up-to-date and ready for play on the next day. Learn more here.
World Handicap System - Playing conditions calculation

Golf is an outdoor sport and the weather conditions, toughness of course and hole locations all affect scoring. Under WHS, a good score on a calm day may not measured the same as a poorer score on a harder day for handicap purposes.