World Handicapping System
The World Handicapping System (WHS) will be introduced in New Zealand on Monday the 2nd March, 2020. The following are the important bits.
- All handicap indices will at that time be re-calculated using the new WHS formula
- All historic scores at this time will not include the new playing conditions calculation (PCC)
- Change in Handicap Index formula calculation
- The best 8 of your most recent 20 scores will be used
- There is a new method of reduction for exceptional scores which stays part of your calculation for the next 20 scores to be entered.
- There is a limit on the outward movement of a Handicap Index, with the maximum change an increase of 5.0 over a rolling 12 months. A soft cap will trigger once the outward movement reaches 3.0.
- The new formula will review scoring records and from 2nd March a WHS Handicap Index will be active for all members.
- The maximum Handicap Index for both genders will be 54.0
- When establishing a new handicap index, a player will need to complete 54 holes.
- There is a recommendation for score cards to be entered daily.
- The new Playing Conditions Calculation (PCC) is a daily analysis of scores and may move a course rating up or down based on scores that would normally be expected and, if applicable, is applied in calculating the scoring differentials of all players.
- Handicaps are updated daily.
- 9-hole scores will be scaled up to an 18-hole score for handicap purposes. All 9 holes must be played.
- A new Course Handicap formula will be introduced making the game more inclusive and resulting in 36 stableford points representing golf that means you've played to your handicap.
- Course Handicap = Handicap Index x (Slope Number / 113) + (Course Rating – Par) Example: 23.1 x 123 / 113 + 69.6 – 72 = Course Handicap 23 (2019 course handicap was 25).
- New course handicap conversion charts will be available for download • Your Handicap Index will be equitable anywhere in the world.
For more information check the NZ Golf link here