Confusion As Some New Handicap Indexes Dogged By Miscalculations

Golfers in England have now seen their new WHS Handicap Indexes - but they still may change before 2nd November

New Handicap Indexes
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Golfers in England have now seen their new WHS Handicap Indexes - but they still may change before 2nd November

Confusion As Some New Handicap Indexes Dogged By Miscalculations

Golfers in England got to see their new World Handicap System Handicap Indexes yesterday and it is no surprise that there looks to be some initial teething issues.

England Golf warned that your Handicap Index may still change between now and the 2nd November when the WHS goes live, and it looks like that will be the case with some clubs.

One club has seen all of its Handicap Indexes being displayed incorrectly as every member's historic scores were taken from the wrong tees.

"I flagged the issue up with England Golf two weeks ago and they haven’t sorted the problem ,I appreciate they have a lot going on but I felt I have given them enough notice to sort the problem out," the club's secretary told Golf Monthly.

England Golf has assured them that they will be correct for the 2nd November.

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One GM Reader complained that their new Handicap Index was higher than it should have been because CSS (Competition Scratch Score) was not taken into account in their qualifying scores.

"Basically CSS has not been used when to work out the initial handicap and it's cost me roughly a shot - I want to be lower," the reader said.

"I've got two rounds at St Enodoc in my scoring history and the CSS in both rounds was different. Yet the course rating is identical and there's been no PCC (Playing Conditions Calculation) adjustment.

"I've also got mates that are lower because CSS is often one lower than the SSS (Standard Scratch Score) yet because there's been no adjustment made their handicap shows lower."

The World Handicap System goes live on 2nd November here in the UK and Ireland so we can't be 100% sure of our Handicap Indexes until it fully goes live.

Whilst many have seen their new Handicap Index look very similar to their previous CONGU one, many have seen drastic rises or falls in theirs.

Here's what the Golf Monthly audience was saying:

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x