The World Handicapping System (WHS), which launched in January 2020, has unified six different handicap systems together into a single set of Rules for Handicapping.

The new system enables golfers of different ability to play and compete on a fair and equitable basis, in any format, on any course, anywhere around the world; be easy to understand and implement, without sacrificing accuracy; and meet the varied needs and expectations of golfers, clubs and authorities all around the world and be adaptable to suit all golfing cultures.

The WHS encompasses both the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System (formerly the USGA Course Rating and Slope System).

Key Resources

World Handicap System - USGA Home
The 5 Things You Need to Know About WHS
WHS Informational Videos
WHS Frequently Asked Questions

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