Golf Rules-World Handicap System Overview

Updated: Jun 7

Welcome to the first of a series of emails to the WWGA on the Rules of Golf.

In 2019, we saw major exciting and welcomed changes to the Rules of Golf. The changes were jointly written and administered by USGA and the R&A (which covers the rules outside the US) and adopted around the world. In 2020, the major change being implemented is a complete re-vamp of the Handicap System by the USGA and the R&A. They have taken the best of 6 systems used around the world and merged them into one system. The attached document, "World Handicap System Overview" is a brief overview.

I plan on releasing additional emails throughout the season to cover various aspects of the Rules of Golf. The next 2 upcoming primers will be:

  • Acceptable Scores for Handicap Purposes

  • Rules for Adjusting Your Score when Posting Your Handicap.

If there is a specific rules topic you would like covered, please send an email to

Many thanks and hit 'em long and straight!

The 2020 WWGA Golf Rules Maven

World Handicap System Overview
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