World Handicap System

New for 2020, the World Handicap System (WHS) will unify the six handicapping systems used around the world into a single unified system. WHS 2020 will enable golfers of different abilities to play and compete on a fair and equitable basis, no matter how or where they play.

To view the "5 Things You Should Know" about WHS 2020, 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 current 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 2020 site by clicking here.