a "Scramble" format the players or designated
team captain decide after each shot which one the best shot is.
Each player on the team plays their next shot from that spot; within
one club length no closer to the hole. The group then plays this
way until the ball is holed out. The group takes a score at the
end of each hole based on the single best shots from each position
on that hole. Some of the factors are longest drive, best position
for approach shot, easiest putt, etc. So in other words if Player
A hits the better drive, Player B picks up and goes to the Player
A's drive and hits from there. If then, Player B hits the closer
iron shot to the pin, Player A would play from Player B's position
on the green until the ball is holed out. Each person on the team
gets to hit from each position. Scrambles are more popular in corporate
events where handicaps are not a concern; you are there to win,
but have fun at the same time.
In a "Best Ball" format, each player plays their own
ball throughout each hole. The team's score for the hole is the
lowest score shot by a single team member on that hole. So in other
words, if Player A and Player B are again partners and one makes
a 4 and the other a 5 with their own balls respectively, then the
group takes a 4 for that hole. Handicaps can be used in this format
to make it more fair for everyone. This format is a little more
serious as everyone gets to play their ball for a full 18 holes;
usually for the more serious of golfers.
Hit it pure!