The new World Handicap System takes effect this week in Australia, on Thursday 30 January 2020.
For full information please refer to the Golf Australia website
The main effects are that:
- Your new GA handicap will increase after this date. Previously your GA handicap was based on your best 8 rounds and then multiplied by a multiplier (0.93), this multiplier has been removed from the calculations, therefore your GA handicap will increase (eg. current GA 15.4 – new GA 15.4/0.93 = 16.6). In short, GA Handicaps will increase.
- The calculations for your Daily handicap will now include the (0.93) multiplier. which will bring your Daily handicap back down 😉 therefore you will notice very little change to your daily handicap when the scratch ratings are similar to the par for the course. (Blue and Red tees see very little change in Daily Handicaps)
- When the Scratch rating differs from the Par, then a further adjustment is made to your daily handicap. The major effect is that, for North West Bay, you may well lose a stroke (or two) on your daily handicap when playing off White or Yellow tee markers.
- Our slice system will calculate all this for you, and print out your daily handicap on the score card as usual. Golflink is currently offline whilst they implement the changes and will come back online on Thursday. Any competitions played this week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday comps, will be played as normal (with current handicaps), but results will not be uploaded to the GA website (ie. handicaps will not be updated) till Thursday.
To have a look at how your daily handicap will be affected by the change, checkout the documents below.
But be aware that you cannot use your current GA handicap. Get your calculator out now and divide your current GA by 0.93 to estimate your new GA handicap under the new WHS.