World Handicap System 2020 – Transition Handicaps

World Handicap System 2020 – Transition Handicaps

In order to move from CONGU to WHS handicaps, all players’ current Handicap Records will be reprocessed using the WHS principles. The calculation will identify the best 8 of the last 20 Qualifying Scores, if posted during the last 2 years, and factor in:

  • The adjusted Gross Score (Score Differential)
  • The Course Rating (or SSS)
  • Any PCC (or CSS) adjustments
  • The Slope Rating of the tees played

If a player has submitted less than 20 scores in the last 2 years, the calculation will be done in a similar manner to the method of allocating new handicaps, as shown below.

Players will be able to see their expected Transition Handicap and their Low Handicap Index (Anchor Point) on the PSI screen when your Club’s Handicapping Software is updated.

Players are encouraged to submit as many scores as possible between now and November 2020 so that their Transition Handicap Index is a good reflection of their current playing ability.

9-hole scores are acceptable and Clubs are being encouraged to run 9-hole competitions to help with this.

If less than 20 Qualifying Scores posted in the last 2 years

    • 3 scores: lowest score -2
    • 4 scores: lowest score -1
    • 5 scores: lowest score
    • 6 scores: average of lowest 2 scores -1
    • 7 to 8 scores: average of lowest 2 scores
    • 9 to 11 scores: average of lowest 3 scores
    • 12 to 14 scores: average of lowest 4 scores
    • 15 to 16 scores: average of lowest 5 scores
    • 17 to 18 scores: average of lowest 6 scores
    • 19 scores: average of lowest 7 scores
    • 20 scores: average of lowest 8 scores

If a player has no Qualifying Scores posted in the last 2 years, the Transition Handicap will be calculated on the basis of the 3 lowest scores being equal to their current playing handicap.

So a player with a 20 handicap will have scores of 20, 20 and 20 on their Scoring Record and their handicap at Transition will be (20 – 2) = 18.

There is, therefore, an incentive to return 3 Qualifying Scores in this year!