The R&A and USGA – golf’s two main governing bodies – are planning to announce a universal World Handicap System.
There are currently six systems in place worldwide, but the organisations yearn for a “universal set of procedures” for the estimated 15 million golfers that have a handicap.
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“The aim of the proposed handicap system is to adopt a universal set of principles and procedures that will apply all over the world,” read a joint statement.
R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said: “We have been concerned for some time that many golfers find the handicapping landscape to be complicated and can be frustrated when it is not always applied in the same way in different parts of the world.
“We are working closely with the existing handicapping bodies to benefit from their insights as we try to formulate a system that will be easy to understand and can be applied consistently on a global basis. We very much appreciate their support for this initiative.”
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