'It's a DISMAL failure': Golf fans react to the one-year anniversary of the WHS

It's fair to say the WHS is far from a success...but what do you think?

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Wed, 3 Nov 2021

'It's a DISMAL failure': Golf fans react to the one-year anniversary of the WHS

The amateur golf world endured one of the biggest changes in its history last year. 

We are of course talking about the introduction of the World Handicap System (WHS). 

It replaced CONGU and is supposed to be a fairer way of calculating your handicap. 

So long bandits who rock up and claim a massive stableford victory after not playing for months. 

Now we are at the one-year anniversary of the introduction of the WHS.

Has it been a success?

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But not everyone sees the WHS as a good thing and it still is a hot topic of conversation in clubhouses across the world. 

If you're not sure what the WHS is, let's refresh your memory. 

Very briefly, handicaps are now calculated with your eight best scores over your last 20 rounds multiplied by 96 per cent. 

You can now transport your handicap index globally which will vary depending on your chosen course's slope rating. 

So far, it seems as though there is a divide in its success.

We asked our readers in a poll and the feedback shows as much.

An hour-long poll on social media revealed 59.7 per cent of voters felt the WHS system is good.

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One of the common gripes is that golfers believe it marginalises low handicappers. 

Others include that it is unnecessarily complicated and confusing. 

On the other hand it offers flexibility especially with general play scores on the MyEngland golf app. 

The ability to input all your scores all through a phone is a positive. 

There is also the fact you'll immediately know your handicap change.

 

 

 

 

The course slope ratings are straightforward and easy enough to convert. 

At least in my opinion, I'm a huge advocate of the principle that your handicap should change depending on the course.  

But what do you think?

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