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4 things to know about the World Handicap System

In January 2020, the new Rules of Handicapping will be introduced in Canada.

#1. Handicap Index calculation is changing.
Your number will be based off your 8 best scores out of the past 20. For most golfers, the change will be minor, but you may see that your Handicap Index is different in January, despite not having played!

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#2. Your course handicap will change.
Slope Rating and now Course Rating and Par will be used to determine your Course Handicap, allowing you to play from different sets of tees without any adjustment.

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#3. Net Double Bogey will replace Equitable Stroke Control (ESC).
The maximum hole score for handicap purposes will be limited to Net Double Bogey (Par + 2 + any handicap strokes you received).

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#4. Safeguards have been added to protect your Handicap Index.
The system will account for abnormal playing conditions, limit extreme upward movement of a Handicap Index, and reduce a Handicap Index when an exceptional score is posted.

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To ensure you’re ready to starting entering scores under the new World Handicap System, Golf Canada/Manitoba will be providing a number of educational tools and resources including an opportunity to attend both online and in-person seminars. Stay tuned for upcoming seminar dates, times and locations.

For more information on the World Handicap System, please visit golfcanada.ca/handicapping

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