World Handicap System 2020:
Six Things You Need to Know 1/1/20
1. Your Handicap Index may change. Your new Handicap Index
will be an average-based calculation taken from the best
eight out of the last 20 Score Differentials (currently, it's
10 out of 20 with a .96 multiplier).
2. Net Double Bogey. This is the maximum hole
score for each player. The calculation is simple:
Par + 2 + any handicap strokes you receive on that hole.
3. Your Handicap Index will be revised daily. Unlike the
current handicap system where handicaps are updated
on the 1st and 15th, you will now be able to see your
updated numbers daily after posting a score.
4. A nine-hole Handicap Index (N) will no longer exist. Nine-hole scores are combined in the order that they are received and used to produce an 18-hole Handicap Index.
5. The maximum Handicap Index will be 54.0, regardless of gender.
6. For an 18-hole score to be acceptable for handicap purposes, a minimum of 14 holes must be played. For a 9-hole score to be acceptable for handicap purposes, a minimum of 7 holes must be played.