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The Key To Understanding Handicaps
Under The World Handicap System

Included in this section are easy to follow explanations, tips and rules that will assist you in managing your handicap.

The most important rule is “post every score, every time.”

  • Post on time – the day of play.
  • Post all rounds that produce acceptable scores - the good, the bad and the ugly!


Key Changes to the World Handicap System for 2024

In its first review since 2020, the World Handicap System has been updated with some positive changes. This section provide details to the 4 changes that most impact golfers.


Other Important Handicap Information 

How To Obtain A Handicap

How To Post Your Scores & Review Your Handicap and Posting History

Scores Acceptable For Handicap Purposes

Score Differentials, Handicap Indexes, Course Handicaps & Playing Handicaps
What are these and what are the differences?

Playing Conditions Calculation 
What it is and how it works

Stroke Index Allocation
What is it and when is it used?

Maximum Adjusted Score
What is Net Double Bogey, when is it used, and how is it calculated?

Other Uses and Application for the Stroke Index Allocation
Including Net Par, Net Scoring and Strokes Given/Received in Match Play

How Many Holes Must be Played to Post an Acceptable Score

How To Post A Score When A Hole Is Not Played

How To Post A Score When A Hole Is Started But Not Completed


The World Handicapping System incorporates a single set of Rules of Handicapping to provide consistent reference and application for all golfers, Committees, Clubs and Associations. Click to review the Rules of Handicapping.