World Handicap System
- Handicap Index is a measure of a player’s demonstrated ability calculated against the Slope Rating of a golf course of standard playing difficulty
- It represents a player’s handicap on a course with a Neutral Slope Rating of 113.
- It is calculated as a rolling average of the lowest 8 from the last 20 Score Differentials.
- Each time a new score is submitted the average of the lowest 8 from the last 20 is re-calculated, which may or may not lead to a change of Handicap Index
- There are additional safeguards to ensure that a player’s handicap does not rise too quickly when a player is going through a spell of poor form
Low Handicap Index (LHI)
- A player’s lowest Handicap Index during the last 12 months is used as an Anchor Point to limit increases in Handicap Index.
- Soft CAP: Potential increases of Handicap Index to a figure greater than (LHI + 3) are limited by half the amount over three, e.g. 5 is limited to 4, 6 is limited to 4.5, etc.
- Hard CAP: The maximum that the Handicap Index can increase to is (LHI + 5).
- An adjustment to the Handicap Index after a very low score has been posted
- A reduction of -1 for scores between 7 and 9 below Handicap Index
- A reduction of -2 for scores 10 or more below Handicap Index
- The reduction is applied to the last 20 scores on the Scoring Record and drops off gradually over the next 20 rounds.
A New Player’s Handicap Index is initially allocated at 2 less than the best of the Adjusted Gross Scores from 3 x 18 hole cards submitted. Cards can be submitted as 6 x 9 hole or some other combination. Subsequent Handicap Index calculations change as more scores are entered:
- 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