In the second of a series of short explainers, we tackle some of the key World Handicap System issues and how they might affect you on the course

Seven days to D-Day – the dawn of the biggest shake up in amateur golf in decades. The World Handicap System arrives on November 2 and if there are still elements that leave you utterly befuddled, never fear we are here to help.

If you haven’t already, click on to our dedicated WHS page where you can find detailed explanations of everything from how your handicap might move under the new system to what you need to think about in competitions.

But if you’re a bit short of time and just want to get your head around a few of the key concepts then we have also got you covered.

We’ve teamed up with Scottish Golf to produce a series of short 10-minute podcasts going into more depth about some of the new system’s key concepts.

In the second, I’m joined by David Kernohan, the governing body’s head of handicapping and course rating, to talk about how the new averaging system works, why we’re now using the best eight differentials out of the last 20 scores and why it finally means the end of the dreaded .1.

If some of these terms are confusing you, or you’re still unclear as to how it’s all going to affect you from November, click on the link as Kernohan explains all…

Listen to the NCG Podcast with David Kernohan, Scottish Golf’s head of handicapping and course rating:

Want more? Head to our podcast homepage.

Need more information on the World Handicap System?

Visit our dedicated WHS page where you will find everything you need to know and details of how to contact us if you have any more questions.

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Steve Carroll

A journalist for 23 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former captain and committee member, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the national Tournament Administrators and Referee's Seminar. He has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying and the PGA Fourball Championship. A member of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. Steve is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2 3-Wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Hybrids: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Irons: TaylorMade Stealth 5-A Wedge Wedges: TaylorMade Hi-Toe 54 and 58 Putter: Sik Sho Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Handicap: 11.3

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