World Handicap System

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The World Handicap System™ (WHS™) unifies the six handicapping systems used around the world into a single unified system. WHS™ enables golfers of different abilities to play and compete on a fair and equitable basis, no matter how or where they play.

For the Rules of Handicapping, click here.

To view the "5 Things You Should Know" about WHS™, click here.

Below you will find an explanation provided by the USGA® for each major change for the World Handicap System. Each topic in the list below will feature the old USGA Handicap System policy, the rule change and the reason for the rule change. Simply click on a topic below:

We will continue to update this page with educational materials, but for the time being feel free to access the WHS™ site by clicking here.