World Handicap System
The WHS has been developed by R&A and USGA and is a modern handicap system for all golfers everywhere in the world. The main purpose of the WHS is to enable everyone to compete or play socially with anyone on a fair and equal basis, helping to make golf a more enjoyable game.
World Handicap System County Update
Hope you are all keeping well during these difficult times. I wanted to take this opportunity to give you a little update of the current status of the World Handicap System.
The Launch Date
The launch date for WHS in England and the other CONGU nations remains at the 2nd November 2020. The lack of scores being returned this year, whilst not being ideal does not have any impact on the move as we will be using records back to January 2018 for the transition.
Rules of Handicapping
The "rules of handicapping" manual has been signed off and is ready to print and we are aiming for this to be available to clubs around the end of June or beginning of July. Working alongside the rules of handicapping manual will be a CONGU guidance document which is currently being developed to support the understanding and the interpretation within the main rules.
Course and Slope Ratings
We had been due to send course rating information to Clubs week commencing 13th April, however due to the current situation, we have been unable to print and send the slope certificates, but for information when released clubs will receive:
- Slope Certificates
- Poster explaining what course rating is
- Paper slope rating tables
Development of our new CDH platform is continuing and we are looking forward to being able to show you all, we hope this will be possible at some point in June. Alongside the central platform,we will also have an access point for clubs and a link into a newly designed players area.
The Transition Process
England Golf and CONGU have been testing the transition process using scores from the CDH from 2018/2019 seasons. Over 450,000 individual players and 6.6 million score records have been identified and processed to convert a CONGU handicap to a WHS handicap index. The results of the testing showed that the majority of handicaps would transition with little or no issues. The increase during transition will be limited to 5 strokes, and we will be able to identify players, who should have been increased by more and flag these with clubs and counties for a further review.
The next phase of education is for the golfer themselves and we are looking at a number of ways of doing this. We are developing a toolkit for clubs to help them educate golfers. Alongside this England Golf will have a promotional campaign which you should start to see in the coming weeks.
More updates to follow.