Akarana Golf Club News

World Handicapping System

World handicap 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

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