World Handicap System (WHS)

World Handicap System (WHS)

The World Handicap System (WHS) launched in January of 2020.    For individuals playing golf in an area observing an active season, scores can be posted by downloading the free GHIN Mobile App, or through the MGA Score Posting page. The WHS 2024 Revision launches January 16! Scroll down for resources and information on the new changes!    

The World Handicap System provides all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability worldwide. Some highlights of the new system will include: 
  • Minimum number of scores needed to establish a Handicap Index is 54 holes  
  • A handicap that is portable worldwide 
  • Average-based calculation of the best-8-of-last-20-scores 
  • Playing Conditions Calculation 
  • Daily handicap revisions when a score is posted 
  • Maximum hole score is Net Double Bogey (Double bogey plus hdcp strokes)
  • Maximum handicap limit is 54.0, regardless of gender 
  • Exceptional Score Reduction on all scores, not just tournament scores
  • And more! 
Rules of Handicapping Manual

2024 Changes to Fourball Match Play Handicap Calculations

Handicap Committee Guide

World Handicap System Training Webinar

2024 World Handicap System Change Summaries

3 Key Changes

Player Reference Guide

Education Seminars

World Handicap Frequently Asked Questions



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