Starting in January 2020 the new World Handicap System, or WHS, will start going into effect, rolling out everywhere throughout 2020. Developed by the USGA and The R&A, they worked closely with other organizations to design a new system meant to standardize handicaps around the world. Previously there were six different systems, meaning depending on where you were playing in the world — competitive or otherwise — you had to know how to calculate your handicap according to their rules and regulations.
While the idea was conceived between The R&A and USGA back in 2011, it wasn’t until 2015 that they started to solicit feedback from the various organizations, getting the ball rolling on development of the WHS. With a collaborative effort, the finalized system was announced and education efforts began so that various clubs and organizations were ready for the 2020 implementation.
The timeline for the roll-out in 2020 to specific countries is:
- Argentina, Australia, Canada, India, Mexico, Panama, South Africa, Republic of Korea, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela
- February — April
- Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore and Sweden
- May — August
- September — December
- Great Britain and Ireland.
An infographic from the WHS site has an overview of the new system:
You can read more about all the details on the WHS website.
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