The Scheid system computes a handicap based on the hole-by-hole scores of a single 18-hole round. It is useful for computing handicaps for a group of unhandicapped players or for players with no playing history on which to base a handicap.
The Scheid system produces approximately equal net scores near par. A calculated Scheid handicap cannot exceed 50 strokes.
Below is a scorecard used in a Scheid tournament for Al Czervik and Earl Havercamp on which their hole-by-hole gross scores are recorded.
Individual hole-by-hole gross scores
In this illustration of the use of the Scheid System, the handicap allowances of Al and Earl are computed such that they both have a “net” score of 74. This Scheid handicap and net score is completely independent of whether Al and Earl have real Handicap Indexes or Course Handicaps, or which tee they play from. The Scheid handicap is computed completely from their hole-by-hole gross scores.
Official Callaway calculated handicap allowances and net scores
Generally, an event using the Scheid system rewards skilled golfers who score consistently. Like most one-round handicap calculations, the Scheid System suggests to every participant that they were “almost” a winner.