The way that handicaps for golfers around the world are calculated is set to be transformed by a new system developed by The R&A and the USGA which will be introduced by the Home (CONGU) Unions on 2nd November 2020.
Features of the World Handicap System (WHS) will include:
- A consistent handicap that is portable from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of a modified version of the Course and Slope Rating System that is already successfully used in the USA and much of Europe. The Course and slope Rating has been completed and the certificate is displayed on the Handicap noticeboard.
- Gender free tee sets
- An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores as shown in the 1st picture on the right, but with a safety mechanism to ensure that a player's handicap cannot increase by more than 5 shots during a 12-month period.
- A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day.
- Handicap revisions processed on the day of playing, even if the competition results have not been processed.
- A limit of Net Double Bogey on the maximum score for a hole (for handicapping purposes only) - this will be generated when a player NR’s for example.
- A maximum handicap limit of 54, regardless of gender
Click for further information on the R&A website (and these FAQ's from the England Golf Website).