Handicap: New system from 2020.
R & A and USGA have developed a new system to calculate the handicap.
R & A and USGA have developed a new system to calculate the handicap. From 2020 there will be the new “World Handicap System”, after a review of the six existing handicap authorities: Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA.
The 3 main objectives of the new system:
Encourage as many golfers as possible to obtain and maintain a handicap;
Enable golfers of different abilities, genders and nationalities to use their handicap in any course at a global level and compete on a fair and equitable basis;
Indicate with sufficient precision the score that a golfer is reasonably able to reach in any course of the world, playing under normal conditions.
Here are the main new features of the new system:
The handicap will be calculated on the average of the best 8 valid results of the last 20 and will be updated at the end of each valid lap;
it will be possible to obtain valid scores for the handicap on 18 and 9-hole courses;
the maximum handicap will remain 54 for both genders;
to assign the first handicap it will be necessary to obtain a minimum number of results at the discretion of the individual Federations;
the maximum score for handicap purposes in each hole will be the double net bogey equivalent to zero points stableford;
at the end of the competition an adjustment of the results will be calculated to take account of abnormal conditions of the route and of the weather conditions;
to evaluate the difficulty of the courses, the USGA Course Rating System will continue to be used; therefore the gaming handicaps may vary from course to course exactly as it happens with the system currently in force;
The EGA (European Golf Association), which has actively collaborated in the development of the WHS World Handicap System with its own representatives, will continue to be the authority responsible for the application of the Federations system under its own aegis, to which the administration will be delegated to their countries.
In conclusion, the players will continue to have a handicap, to check their playing handicap, and will be able to play and have fun delivering the score without the fear of taking “the comma”, as the calculation of the handicap will be made according to a formula based on the average of the best recent results.
A modern and more accessible sport Martin Slumbers, Executive Director of R & A, said:
“We are working with our partners and national associations to make golf more modern, more accessible and more enjoyable as a sport and the new World Handicap System represents a huge opportunity in this regard.” We want to make it more attractive for golfers to get a handicap and take away part of the complexity and variations that can be discouraging for newcomers. Having a handicap, which is easier to understand and unified all over the world, can make golf much more enjoyable and is one of the strengths of our sport. ”
Mike Davis, CEO of USGA, commented:
“We have long heard golfers say” I’m not good enough to get a handicap “or” I do not play enough to get a handicap. “We want to make the right decisions now to encourage a more welcoming and social game. important step – along with the modernization of the Rules of Golf – to provide a path in sport, making golf easier to understand and more accessible and enjoyable to play for everyone “.
Given the global alignment towards a single system, all parties will undertake a two-year transition period for implementation in 2020.
Once adopted, the World Handicap System will be governed by R & A and USGA and administered locally by the six existing authorities and National Associations throughout the world, with safeguards included to ensure consistency and adaptability to different golf cultures. The six handicap authorities represent around 15 million golfers in 80 countries that currently maintain a golf handicap.