What is the difference between the EGA handicap and the WHS Handicap Index?
For players there are no changes with regard to the game. The only thing that changes is the formula for calculating the Handicap Index. Based on the Handicap Index, the players will, as before, get a course handicap on every course. The scores from qualifying rounds (tournaments and EDS) are submitted as usual and used for calculating the handicap.
What does Swiss Golf recommend?
The recommendation is to play for as many qualifying scores as possible to enable the handicap to be calculated on the basis of the greatest possible number of scores. The most important aspects, however, are the pleasure of playing and the shared experience with friends and acquaintances, which make golf so special.
Who manages my handicap and is responsible for applying the handicap rules?
The home club of each golfer manages the handicap. The Handicap Committee of the club is responsible for ensuring that the handicap rules are followed and correctly applied. The duties of the Committee are described in detail in the handicap rules.
What is the role of the EGA and Swiss Golf in the WHS?
Following the introduction of the WHS, the EGA is still the authority with responsibility for the general rules of the handicap system of its member countries. Swiss Golf is responsible for the proper application of those rules and the administration of the handicaps by the clubs in Switzerland. The handicaps are calculated and extrapolated on the centralised database of Swiss Golf. The updated handicaps are transmitted to the clubs on a current and daily basis.