Golf Stories13 Major World Handicap System Changes – Explained

October 28, 2019by Brian Hurlburt0

It’s a bit overwhelming to try and breakdown everything that will take place in 2020 when the World Handicap System, created by the USGA and R&A, goes into effect. But rest assured, the Southern Nevada Golf Association is here to help members and member clubs make the transition as easy as a “gimme” putt … or at least a straight uphill three footer …

13 Major Changes Explained

Click for Complete PDF for all 13 Changes WHS details

The QUICK GUIDE

1- Course Rating and Slope Rating
2 – Number of Scores Required to Obtain a Handicap Index
3 – Basis of Handicap Index Calculation
4 – Limit on Upward Movement of a Handicap Index (Cap)
5 – Exceptional Score Reduction (ESR)
6 – Playing Conditions Calculation (PCC)
7 – Frequency of Handicap Index Updates
8 – Maximum Handicap Index
9 – Importance and Determination of Par
10 – Course Handicap Calculation and Application
11 – Playing Handicap Calculation and Application
12 – Maximum Hole Score for Handicap Purposes (Net Double Bogey)
13 – Treatment of Nine-Hole Scores

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