Rules of Handicapping - Resources For Players Handicapping Reference Guide This resource provides a high-level overview of the World Handicap System and is intended to teach players the basics of handicapping. Getting Started, Before Your Round, During Your Round, and After Your Round. Find and access helpful educational resources on specific Rules of Handicapping topics: Handicap Index® Calculation Learn about how your Handicap Index is calculated under the World Handicap System. Related Topics: Maximum Handicap Index | Daily Updates Maximum Hole Score (Net Double Bogey) Learn about how and when to adjust your abnormally high hole scores. Related Topics: Hole started but not completed | Hole Not Played Course Handicap & Playing Handicap Learn about how and when your Handicap Index is converted to a Course Handicap and/or Playing Handicap. Soft Cap and Hard Cap Find out how and why the soft cap and hard cap limit the extreme upward movement of a player's Handicap Index. Playing Conditions Calculation (PCC) Learn about the playing conditions calculation, which uses scoring data collected each day to determine if an adjustment is needed to account for abnormal playing conditions. Exceptional Score Reduction Learn about when and how an exceptional score reduction is applied to your scoring record. Handicap Review Learn about the important role that a Handicap Committee plays in administering the Rules of Handicapping at the local level.