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The Scheid System

Those familiar with the Callaway System will find a striking similarity in the Scheid system. Those who are not may want to review the explanation of the Callaway System, also found in this section of the Knowledge Center.

The Scheid system is also a "worst-holes" calculation, in that it uses up to eight of the player's worst holes in a round, adjusted by a 'factor,' to obtain a handicap. That handicap is then subtracted from the player's gross score to obtain a net score. The net scores for all players can be compared to see who will win the tournament prize.

The system was invented in answer to a growing number of complaints and issues with the Callaway system. The two major issues, handicapping higher players and giving them a better chance to win the match have been addressed. The Scheid system calculates a 'handicap' for handicaps up to 50, and shifts the calculation so that scores now add an extra hole to their handicap calculation, but need to take an extra deduction. As a result the Scheid system has proven to be more useful for large outings with many beginning players, and has helped ensure more exciting tournaments.

Calculating your Scheid handicap is done using the table below. First, look up your gross score on the left side of the table, and find how many holes you will need to use to calculate your handicap.

The Scheid System
Gross Score   Handicap Calculation
-- 72 73-- Use gross Score + adjustment
-74 75 76-- Handicap = 1/2 worst hole score + adjustment
-77 78 79-- Handicap = Worst hole score + adjustment
-80 81 8283- Handicap = 1 1/2 worst hole scores + adjustment
-84 85 8687- Handicap = 2 worst hole scores + adjustment
-88 89 9091- Handicap = 2 1/2 worst hole scores + adjustment
-92 93 9495- Handicap = 3 worst hole scores + adjustment
-96 97 9899- Handicap = 3 1/2 worst hole scores + adjustment
-100 101 102103104 Handicap = 4 worst hole scores + adjustment
-105 106 107108109 Handicap = 4 1/2 worst hole scores + adjustment
-110 111 112113114 Handicap = 5 worst hole scores + adjustment
115116 117 118119120 Handicap = 5 1/2 worst hole scores + adjustment
121122 123 124125126 Handicap = 6 worst hole scores + adjustment
127128 129 130131132 Handicap = 6 1/2 worst hole scores + adjustment
133134 135 136137138 Handicap = 7 worst hole scores + adjustment
139140 141 142143144 Handicap = 7 1/2 worst hole scores + adjustment
145146 147 148149150 Handicap = 8 worst hole scores + adjustment







Adjustment factor for handicap

Next, take look up the # of worst scores (for 2 1/2, the third worst score is divided by two), but with the following rules:
  • Deduct worst holes based only on their relation to par (For example, a 5 on a par 3 is worse than a 6 on a par 5).
  • Worst scores cannot be used from the 17th and 18th holes (it is too easy to throw the last few holes if a golfer is ahead)
  • For any worst score that is greater than twice the hole par value, only twice the par value should be deducted (in the spirit of ESC)
  • Once the scores are added up, round up any fractions to the next higher number (e.g. a 7 on a par five that counts as half a worst score should be rounded up to a 4)
Finally, adjust the sum of those scores by the adjustment factor. To find the adjustment factor, look up your score in the above table. At the bottom of the table, in the same column, is the adjustment factor. If your sum of worst holes is 18, and your gross score is 89, than your adjustment factor is -1 and your Scheid handicap is 17.

Your net score is simply your gross score minus your Scheid handicap (in the above example, your net score is 89 - 17 = 72). In the case of a tie, the player with the lower 'handicap' is designated as the winner.

Here is an example: Imagine a Scheid tournament where you shoot a 123. You look up in the table and find that your Scheid handicap is your 6 worst scores plus an adjustment factor of -1. Your seven worst scores are an 11 on a par 5, a 9 on a par 5, an 8 on a par 5, a 7 on a par 5, two 7's on par 4s, and a 7 on a par 3. But, your second worst score, the 8, took place on the 17th hole and therefore cannot count towards your Scheid handicap. In addition, because your 11 on the par 5 and the 7 on the par 3 are more than twice the par value of the holes, they can only count as a ten and a six, respectively, towards the Scheid handicap. The resulting handicap is 10 + 9 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 6 - 1 (for the adjustment) = 45. Your net score is 78.
Using Scheid for Scrambles
Because the Scheid system is calculated via Gross Score, it can also be used to handicap best ball, alternate shot, and even scramble tournaments. If players compete with the same ball, simply count the team score as if it was shot by a single golfer, and calculate their Scheid Handicap. The one issue will arise if several skilled players are in the same group and shoot a score less than 72. In that case, the Scheid system does not take into account those scores.
Next time you have an office tournament, or go out with friends who don't have handicaps, tell them about MyScorecard.com. And then, if you would like to play that day, you can use the Scheid System to approximate handicaps and create a more exciting and competitive round for everyone.

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