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The number of strokes you receive in your net games will likely change in 2020 as the USGA and R&A officially announced earlier this week that the World Handicap System was ready to be rolled out in 2020.

In a release, the governing bodies announced that the WHS system will go live in other parts of the world “throughout the year to accommodate different implementation plans and variations in the golf calendar.”

With the WHS, golfers around the world will have “a unified and more inclusive handicapping system for the first time.” The implementation will take place in the United States the first week of January while other countries such as Great Britain and Ireland will wait until later in the year.

There are five educational points that the governing bodies are stressing as their first wave of educational information has been released to golfers.

First of all, how a player’s handicap is calculated will be changing. Instead of taking 96% of the 10 best score differentials out of your last 20 rounds, that number is being changed to eight and the percentage calculation is being dropped. The formula by which a handicap is calculated is changing to more accurately reflect a player’s “demonstrated ability” (past performance) versus their potential ability by simply averaging the differential of those eight best rounds.

Second, a “playing handicap” will adjust based on course rating, slope and par. According to the USGA, your playing handicap is your course handicap adjusted for handicap allowances depending on the format of play or terms of the competition. More often than not, however, your course and playing handicaps will be the same.

Third, equitable scoring control will be eliminated. Instead of differing skill levels of players being able to take and post certain scores on a hole, everyone will play under the same ESC: net double bogey or par + 2 + handicap strokes. For example, a scratch player (getting 0 strokes) can only take double bogey, but a 10-handicap player playing on the 8th hardest hole on the course can take a triple bogey on their posting score.

Fourth, your handicap will update daily instead of bi-weekly. Gone are the days of revisions on the first and 15th of every month. Players’ handicap indexes will update the day after a score is posted meaning how many strokes you get can change from day to day.

Finally, extreme score fluctuations and weather conditions will be taken into account. The WHS will limit extreme upward movement of an index as well as extreme reduction of an index based on a single score. Also, a Playing Conditions Calculation will be enacted to take into account the conditions that were played in, meaning if the weather or setup was more difficult that day, you could see an adjustment made to your score differential based upon others who posted a score at the same course on the same day.

To learn more about the World Handicap System, please visit WHS.com. For WHS information specific to a country, use the Association Finder for further information.
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The goal is long and straight! But since I can no longer hit them long, could I at least hit them straighter?
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Wednesday November 6, 2019 1:59 PM
And we had so little trouble with the intricacies of the previous system .............
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Remember, we could be at work!!
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Wednesday November 6, 2019 6:27 PM
QUOTED  First of all, how a player’s handicap is calculated will be changing. Instead of taking 96% of the 10 best score differentials out of your last 20 rounds, that number is being changed to eight and the percentage calculation is being dropped. The formula by which a handicap is calculated is changing to more accurately reflect a player’s “demonstrated ability” (past performance) versus their potential ability by simply averaging the differential of those eight best rounds.


8 best rounds @ 100% or 10 best rounds @ 96%? Difference probably going to be negligible, but I like the 8 @ 100% option better on first glance?


QUOTED  Second, a “playing handicap” will adjust based on course rating, slope and par. According to the USGA, your playing handicap is your course handicap adjusted for handicap allowances depending on the format of play or terms of the competition. More often than not, however, your course and playing handicaps will be the same.


Sounds easier to implement? May not require computer calculations on every course and every tee?


QUOTED  Third, equitable scoring control will be eliminated. Instead of differing skill levels of players being able to take and post certain scores on a hole, everyone will play under the same ESC: net double bogey or par + 2 + handicap strokes. For example, a scratch player (getting 0 strokes) can only take double bogey, but a 10-handicap player playing on the 8th hardest hole on the course can take a triple bogey on their posting score.


This is a HUGE positive IMO. Double or double +1 on tougher handicap holes is MUCH better than allowing a guy who shoots in the low 80's the ability to post all 7's... I always found it ridiculous that "equitable stroke control" allowed most players to post a 7 on a par 3?


QUOTED  Fourth, your handicap will update daily instead of bi-weekly. Gone are the days of revisions on the first and 15th of every month. Players’ handicap indexes will update the day after a score is posted meaning how many strokes you get can change from day to day.


With everything computerized, this change is LONG overdue. BTW - GK Scoretracker was way ahead of the curve on that.



QUOTED  Finally, extreme score fluctuations and weather conditions will be taken into account. The WHS will limit extreme upward movement of an index as well as extreme reduction of an index based on a single score. Also, a Playing Conditions Calculation will be enacted to take into account the conditions that were played in, meaning if the weather or setup was more difficult that day, you could see an adjustment made to your score differential based upon others who posted a score at the same course on the same day.


Not sure how this will work, but the concept is smart. There have been rounds where I teed off in 20 mph conditions when I had a pretty good idea that even if I played well that day, that the round would probably not be among my 10 best scores because of the windy conditions adding about 5 strokes to my normal score.

Overall, favorable IMO.
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The goal is long and straight! But since I can no longer hit them long, could I at least hit them straighter?
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Thursday November 7, 2019 1:03 PM
Wait! They said there'd be no math!
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It was hard enough trying to get newbies to the handicap system to understand ESC. Now they have to double check at the end of each round their handicap vs the hole handicap and sort that out? This will be so wrongly input on a regular basis that it will render many handicaps false in reality. I like the daily updating of the handicap - that makes sense. And I'm fine with the last eight rounds instead of the last ten. But yeah, a lot of this seems to make it even more complicated, not less.
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