If software doesn’t do it for you, you’ll be scanning a chart on a wall to work out your course handicaps under WHS. But don’t worry, it couldn’t be easier

If you’re worried you’ll need advanced maths skills to work out what you’ll be playing off under the new handicap system then fear not: it should be child’s play.

If software doesn’t do the job automatically when you register to play, clubs will put up a conversion table that will help you easily use your handicap index to find your course handicap for that day’s play.

Don’t believe me? Have a look at the course handicap table for my home club, Sandburn Hall in York.

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When you have your World Handicap System handicap index, you’ll simply find it on the chart and your course handicap at the club where you are playing will be revealed.

Don’t try to do this now with your current CONGU handicap as it may change when we move to the new handicap system and it’s your best eight out of the 20 most recent scores that replaces the current aggregate method.

Let me give you my own example, though, to show you how it might work in practice. At the end of the 2018 season, my CONGU handicap was 9.2.

When my best 8 out of 20 scores were put through the calculator, my handicap index under the new system came out at 7.8.

Taking the course rating and slope of my course into consideration – Sandburn Hall is relatively difficult off the white tees at 73.6 course rating and 136 slope – my course handicap came out at 9.

So, in my case, my course handicap under WHS happened to be the same as my CONGU handicap at that time.

This table doesn’t take into account the later revisions that might be needed from various allowances – such as medals, Stableford, or fourball betterball – to give us our Playing Handicap for a particular day’s competition or event.

But, hopefully, it will show you that life under the new handicap system need not be the head-scratching, calculator-inducing headache you might assume if you’ve lost yourself in trying to work out how slope applies to you.

What do you think about the course handicap tables? Have your say in the comments or tweet me. Don’t forget, you can catch up with all the latest World Handicap System news on our dedicated page.