The World Handicap System (WHS) will be launched on January 1, 2020. For a short period in early January, handicap and score information will be unavailable while data in the former system is transferred to the new WHS platform. On January 6, 2020, golfers can begin posting scores and their Handicap Index will be calculated under the WHS.
The WHS will bring six different handicap systems together into a single set of Rules for Handicapping, enabling golfers of different abilities to play and compete on a fair and equal basis, no matter how or where they play.
The WHS is designed to be inclusive, easy to understand and implement, without sacrificing accuracy or integrity. Ultimately, this should help provide a solid foundation to the sport, for everyone from beginners to the experienced, from the recreational to the competitive, thereby supporting the development of the sport through increased participation.