3 things you need to know about the new changes to the World Handicap System for 2024
Four years removed from the historic launch of World Handicap System, which consolidated a half dozen handicap calculations in place worldwide into one global program, the USGA and R&A are rolling out the first significant updates starting Jan. 1, 2024. The changes are based on data gathered from 100 million scores posted yearly under the WHS, with the number of people who have a handicap index having grown from 2.59 million in 2020 to nearly 3.5 million in 2023.
Here are three things to remember as you begin posting scores in 2024:
1. A new way to handle nine-hole rounds.
Additionally, golfers who mostly play nine-hole rounds will have their handicap index updated in the same timely manner as those posting 18-hole rounds. Nightly calculations will be run for everybody in the WHS. Any lingering nine-hole scores will be recalculated under the new system in mid-January and any short-course score posted in the new year will show up around that time as well.
2. Your scores will count for handicap purposes at more courses.
3. Your Index will (continue to) weather the storm.
Source: Golf Digest