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post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 
Just wondering if anyone has played in one of these one man scramble formats that are popping up? Just wondering what type of strategy you started with and what worked, what didn't, etc. Let me know how you made out! Thanks for posting.
post #2 of 30

Re: One Man Scramble

Originally Posted by cfmgolf View Post
Just wondering if anyone has played in one of these one man scramble formats that are popping up? Just wondering what type of strategy you started with and what worked, what didn't, etc. Let me know how you made out! Thanks for posting.
Wow, next time I go out to play a round, I'm telling my buddies I'm playing a "one-man scramble." Everybody on my team hits his shot, we (I) pick the best one (of one), and go from there.

Seriously, though, what do you mean? One guy plays a scramble with two different golf balls? Three? Can he be a switch-hitter?
post #3 of 30

Re: One Man Scramble

Originally Posted by Alex B View Post

Wow, next time I go out to play a round, I'm telling my buddies I'm playing a "one-man scramble." Everybody on my team hits his shot, we (I) pick the best one (of one), and go from there.
LOL!

I was wondering the same thing. I play a one man scramble every time I golf......

Of course, as one man, I often scramble too damn much. Maybe that's where the term comes from!
post #4 of 30

Re: One Man Scramble

I'm not entirely sure of the strategy, but I do ponder it sometimes. This is the format where each person gets two mulligans per hole, right?
post #5 of 30

Re: One Man Scramble

Originally Posted by Alex B View Post
Wow, next time I go out to play a round, I'm telling my buddies I'm playing a "one-man scramble." Everybody on my team hits his shot, we (I) pick the best one (of one), and go from there.

Seriously, though, what do you mean? One guy plays a scramble with two different golf balls? Three? Can he be a switch-hitter?
^^ my question exactly..
post #6 of 30

Re: One Man Scramble

a friend of mine plays practice rounds like this
he hits 2 balls
hits two off the T, playing each shot differently, trying to improve his last shot or work on another type of shot (draw, fade, cut etc.)
same thing all the way through to the green

says he has posted like -8 if was to count each "good shot"
i think its a great way to practice, when the course is dead and you are alone

havent tried it, as I am not a member anywhere, but this may come into my praxctice routine for next year

havent heard of an actual tournament format like this though
post #7 of 30

Re: One Man Scramble

I think it's called a scratch and scramble. It's kind of interesting and can make for some cool bets. The only one I've seen (or heard of, too) was a 15 handicap playing from the women's tees against the two best players at the club (club champ and the guy he beat) from the "old man's tees". The 15 got to scratch and scramble, too. So, he'd hit 2 drives, pick the best one, hit his second shot twice, pick the best one, hit his third shot twice and so on. Strategy wise, I'd say get your first drive in/near the fairway. That way you can let it rip on the second one. Same kind of thing with approach shots; hit one safe then fire at the pin next. Don't be too aggressive with your first putt, so you'll have an easy tap in. It's an interesting thing to play, but it's not for everyone.
post #8 of 30

Re: One Man Scramble

The One Man's I've played in the rule has been if you choose to hit a second (or mulligan) you play the second ball not matter what. My strategy is that I can always do better, so I re-hit mostly approaches and almost every putt. The hard part is to not get over-confident and find yourself trying to better an already usable first shot.

I find it a fun format because I'm not real good at finding 2-3 guys for a team.
post #9 of 30
Thread Starter 

Re: One Man Scramble

There is a nationwide tourney that i saw earlier this year www.onemanscramble.com I did not get a chance to play in it, but my local club is going to do it themselves this weekend. You get 2 "mulligans" per hole but can only use 1 per shot. Par 3 - 2 tee shots and 2 putts for example. I send an update after it's over. Kind of an interesting format...
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First Tourney of the Season: One Man Scramble - tips

OK, so after playing in 3 tournaments last year, I am full on ready for Tourney season this year. My aim is to play at least 5 of them.

The first one of the year is this weekend and hopefully the weather cooperates and we can keep the winds under 20mph.

Anyway, the first one is a one man scramble and since I have never watched or participated in a tournament like this, I was wondering if anyone had any tips or general knowledge about this type of tourney.

I'm optimistic in that most of my screw ups are big numbers on holes where I get in really bad positions. I'm hoping with the extra shot that I can avoid those situations altogether. If I could knock the one or two big numbers out of my round each time, it'd probably be 3-4 strokes there easily. Also, my lag putting is terrible which leads to 1-5 three-putts a round these days. I'm thinking that I should at least be able to improve upon that with this format.

Anyone have an idea of a realistic number I should shoot for? I'm sitting at a 10.9 GHIN Index.
post #11 of 30

Re: First Tourney of the Season: One Man Scramble - tips

I'm not familiar with the format of a 'one man' scramble. Care to elaborate on the rules?
post #12 of 30

Re: First Tourney of the Season: One Man Scramble - tips

Originally Posted by hoser View Post
I'm not familiar with the format of a 'one man' scramble. Care to elaborate on the rules?
yeah, what do you mean by 1 man scramble?
post #13 of 30

Re: First Tourney of the Season: One Man Scramble - tips

I have played in a couple of one man scrambles, basically you get 2 shots off the tee chose the best one, then you get 2 shots from the next lie, and on you go. So you always get 2 shots from each location. One thing that I have done when I have played them in the past is if you hit a good drive, don't bother hitting another. I know it sounds strange, but you can get tired by the end of 18 holes if you are not used to hitting that many shots. Hope that helps and good luck.
post #14 of 30

Re: First Tourney of the Season: One Man Scramble - tips

RSS has it right.

It's a best ball competition, except you are the only one involved and you get two swings per spot. Tee off twice, take best. Hit irons, take best. Two putts, etc, etc.

RSS, interesting that you say that. I was worried about that myself. Hopefully I can hit a good tee shot and just worry about irons and chipping/putting from there.
post #15 of 30

Re: First Tourney of the Season: One Man Scramble - tips

Not that I have personal experience with this but another benefit of RSS' philosophy would be that if you hit a shot that is a typical "good" shot for you, but then opt to hit a 2nd which is worse you're walking up to the first ball with negative thoughts. But if you're satisfied that you won't/can't really be any better why not smile and move up.

Do the rules require that you use both shots off the green, I assume not.
post #16 of 30

Re: First Tourney of the Season: One Man Scramble - tips

I will agree with RSS also. If you hit a good one on your first ball, save yourself from the other, unless you know for certain you should be able to do better. I played in a 4 man last week and we only had 3. I was the best of the 3 so they kept wanting me to hit the exta shot. Towards the end I was hoping to hit a good one on the first shot so I didn't have to swing another time. It can wear you down quick.
post #17 of 30

Re: First Tourney of the Season: One Man Scramble - tips

Originally Posted by goblue107501 View Post
I will agree with RSS also. If you hit a good one on your first ball, save yourself from the other, unless you know for certain you should be able to do better. I played in a 4 man last week and we only had 3. I was the best of the 3 so they kept wanting me to hit the exta shot. Towards the end I was hoping to hit a good one on the first shot so I didn't have to swing another time. It can wear you down quick.
I'm surprised the "rules" (cough,cough) didn't have you rotate the player that played the extra shot. I can see how that would quickly get tiring if you didn't.
post #18 of 30

One Man Scramble

Our final Men's League Comp is a One Person Scramble.  Has anyone ever played in one of these?  What was the format?  Looking online, I see at least two possibilities-

 

1.  If you play a second shot, you MUST use it (variation- you can pick between a first and second putt but not off the green)

2.  Two Mulligans per hole.

 

Of course, they don't seem to know yet what our format is going to be and said it is possible that we might be able to pick between our best of two on every shot- Being that we are in foursomes, this seems crazy in terms of speed of play.

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