Beginning Jan 31, 2020 Australian golf handicaps will become a part of the World Handicapping System. What does this mean? Basically nothing as we have been using this system or a very close relative of it for a few years now. Golf’s two international governing bodies, The R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA), have worked together with the world’s major handicapping authorities to develop a single handicap system for the game. Golf Australia (GA) is one of the organisations that has been closely involved.

As some of you may have noticed, your handicaps may have gone out or in as the case may be. Below is a graphic to explain why. If understanding this doesn’t rock you socks, just believe the computer.

New Daily Handicap formula = (GA Handicap x (Slope Rating ÷ 113) + (Scratch Rating minus Par)) x 0.93.

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