Rules of Handicapping FAQs

World Handicap System (WHS) Background and Overview

Q. What is the World Handicap System all about?

A. Beginning in 2020, the WHS unifies six different handicap systems that were used around the world into a single system that:

  • Enables golfers of different abilities to play and compete on a fair basis, in any format, on any course, anywhere around the world;
  • Is easy to understand and implement, without sacrificing accuracy; and
  • Meets the varied needs and expectations of golfers, golf clubs and golf authorities all around the world and is adaptable to suit all golfing cultures.

The WHS is jointly governed worldwide by the USGA and The R&A and encompasses both the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System (formerly the USGA Course Rating and Slope System).