Golfers will consider the Handicap Index to be the most important element of the WHS.
The Handicap Index will:
* Measure the ability of a player
* Be portable from course to course
* Allow players to complete fairly and therefore promote inclusivity within the game
A Handicap Index is calculated from the best eight scores from the last 20 rounds.
As a new score is submitted, a player’s Handicap Index will automatically update to the most recent 20 scores. A player’s Handicap Index will update promptly overnight after the submission of an acceptable score and be ready before the next time they play.
How to obtain a Handicap Index?
When the new system comes into play most golfers can have a Handicap Index generated, based on their existing records.
For new golfers to gain their Handicap Index they will have to submit a minimum of 54 holes (using any combination of 9 and 18 holes). Their Handicap Index will be the lowest of their three rounds minus two strokes and continue to be built until the 20 scores are achieved.