World Handicapping System

A Introduction

World Handicapping System

On November 2nd, the new World Handicapping System will come into play replacing the existing CONGU system.

What is the World Handicap System?

The new World Handicap System (WHS) is designed to be more inclusive, accessible and to make golf easier to understand for all.

The WHS incorporates the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System, (a consistent method to calculate a golf courses difficulty), to successfully determine a golfer’s Handicap Index.

The system, which comes into effect on 2 November 2020 will replace the six different systems currently used by over 15 million golfers, in more than 80 countries, to unify all golfers across the world.

Why has the WHS been created?

With golf being centred around one standard set of rules governed by The R&A and USGA, it makes sense to unify the previous six different handicapping systems, making for a more inclusive and equitable sport.

The WHS was therefore developed with consideration given to club golfers who play both sporadically and more regularly.

With all golfers only initially required to submit scorecards for 54 holes to acquire a Handicap Index, the new WHS is less formidable for new players.

How does the WHS work?

For golfers in England, calculating a new Handicap Index will be front of mind when
adopting the WHS. The process will begin in the same way throughout the world –
by accurately measuring a player’s golfing ability.

From this they will be provided an initial Handicap Index. After a player has
achieved 20 scores, a ‘fully developed’ Handicap Index can be calculated to provide
the most accurate representation of a player’s ability.

To ensure a player has only one Handicap Index, the golfer will nominate a
home club. The home club is determined by the player, but for practicality it is
recommended this is where the player typically submits the most of their scores.

We would encourage all members to return all scores in qualifying competitions If you do not have recent scores within the system we would encourage the submission of supplementary scores, to promote a handicap reflective of current playing ability prior to transition to World Handicap System. If you are unsure how the record a supplementary score, please speak to a member of the M&H committee or our Professional Kevin Saunders.

This is an overview of how the World Handicapping System(WHS) works and leading up to the WHS going live the Match and Handicap committee will be promoting how the WHS works through the use of posters and emails to give everyone a clear understanding of what is happening.

Match & Handicap Committee

Simon Watson (chairman)

Richard Gibbs (handicap secretary and WHS organiser)

David Johnson

Phil Cave

Kevin Saunders

Jean Chuter (ladies)

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22.10.2020 07:02
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With the following restrictions: Golf course is open, trolleys and buggies allowed, with main greens in play
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