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World Handicap System

The World Handicap System (WHS) aims to bring six different handicap systems together into a single set of Rules for Handicapping, enabling golfers of different abilities to play and compete on a fair and equal basis, no matter how or where they play.

While the six existing handicap systems have generally worked very well locally, on a global basis, their different characteristics have sometimes resulted in inconsistency, with players of the same ability ending up with slightly different handicaps. This has sometimes resulted in unnecessary difficulties and challenges for golfers competing in handicap events or for tournament administrators.  A single WHS will pave the way to consistency and portability.




Key Changes


WHS Videos




WHS Change Summaries

5 Things You Should Know - Document

5 Things You Should Know About WHS - Infographic

World Handicap System: A Benefit to Golfers Everywhere

World Handicap System: Frequently Asked Questions

World Handicap System: A Collaborative Process

Why a World Handicap System?