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The New World Handicap System (WHS) is coming – PART 3

Part 3 - of the new WHS



WHS comes into play on Monday 2nd November in Great Britain and Ireland and will replace the current CONGU handicapping system. It will be part of a system used by over 15 million golfers in 80 countries worldwide. This is the third note in the series to introduce the WHS to TPGC members

How to safeguard a Handicap Index?

As advised in Part 2, Handicap Index is calculated by working out an average of the best 8 rounds from a player’s last 20. Golfers might be apprehensive that the change in their Handicap Index may be volatile. However, through the implementation of a Soft Cap and Hard Cap, the WHS will limit any extreme upward movement of a player’s Handicap Index within a 365-day period, therefore, protecting against handicap manipulation.

The Soft Cap will supress movement by 50% after a three-strokes increase over a player’s Low Handicap Index. (A Low Handicap Index in this instance is the lowest Handicap Index a player has had during the previous 12-month period).

The Hard Cap will restrict upward movement of five-strokes over the Low Handicap Index. Restricting the extreme upward movement of a Handicap Index will ensure that a player’s temporary loss of form does not cause the Handicap Index to move too far away from their actual ability. It is important to note that caps will only start to take effect once a player has at least 20 acceptable scores in their record.


What is Course Handicap?

A Course Handicap will determine the number of strokes a player will receive when playing from any set of tees on a given course. Before any player starts their round, they must convert their Handicap Index into a Course Handicap.

How to work out a Course Handicap?

The Course Handicap calculation is:

Handicap Index x (Slope Rating / 113) = Course Handicap.

Don’t let this calculation concern you because working out a Course Handicap has been made simple.

England Golf will provide Course & Slope Rating tables to all clubs ahead of the new System launching in November. We hope to have these tables positioned in a conspicuous location around Trent Park Golf Centre to make them easy to find prior to beginning a round of golf.

Golfers will simply have to choose the tees they are playing off that day, and cross reference their Handicap Index on the Course & Slope Rating table to ascertain their Course Handicap. Hopefully once we’ve all gone through a few times it will be smooth and simple to follow.

An easy way for a player to remember this is to think 'HCP'. This stands for:

H - Handicap Index

C - Course Handicap

PPlay Golf

This should act as a prompt for golfers trying to remember the key elements of the WHS when they arrive at the golf club. Many golfers will already recognise HCP as an abbreviation for handicap. 

Firstly, they will need to know their Handicap Index.

Secondly, they will calculate their Course Handicap using the Slope & Course Rating table.

Finally, head out onto the golf course and play. 

It’s as easy as HCP!



Ian Rickard

Secretary TPGC


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