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post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by Timothy Voyles View Post

Don't give up on a round and get smashed because you think you're out of it. Last scramble I played a buddy said since we made bogey on #1 we were out of it and would have to shoot 15 under or better to have a shot at winning. He proceeded to pound 2 tall boys per hole over the next 4 holes and was worthless the rest of the day. We used one drive and 1 putt of his through 18 holes. We shot 9 under and an 11 under won it all. Really makes me think about how we could have been had we not played a 3 man scramble while babysitting....

 

I'd say you need to discuss with your playing partners if you're in it to win or there for fun. They can be one and the same, but not everyone finds a solid round and playing well fun. Some guys just wanna get smashed. If you have one guy there for the beer only, write him off and know you're there as a 3 man and try your best, or ask him to hold of until the end or even replace him. 

 

 

BTW, I do not drink at all. So having to deal with another who is smashed all day was NOT my idea of fun...

well it also depends on who shows up ie scratch golfers. hell went to one, a 56 won the tourny we was at 62. the winners was a group that plays together on money tournys. so you can say it was a stacked deck......

post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by GloriousBogey View Post

Does anyone got any advice on best ball scramble play? I'm entering my first best ball tourney Saturday and just looking for some last minute strategic advice.

No strategy...........bomb it from the tee and aim for the pins!  LOL

 

 

Most importantly....Have Fun!

post #21 of 28

One last bit of advice on scrambles is to not just play with reckless abandon on every tee box or every approach shot.  There is still some course management involved.  Make sure there is at least one level-headed person in the group, if you don't want to carry that role.  It's nice to sometimes be the bombs-away guy in the group who never has to think through any shots, but you can't be that guy every time.  Sometimes you have to be the thinker.   

 

Sometimes in a 2 or 4 man scramble, one guy will prefer his tee shot result which is behind some trees because he's really into this very high balloon shot he can play with his PW.  Well guess what?  Nobody else is comfortable with that shot.  So maybe you have to go with the shot that is 30 yards shorter, has a worse angle to the pin location and has to carry the huge bunker the pin is tucked behind.  At least that shot gives you 2-4 full swing chances at pulling it off successfully.  The other option may leave you with 1 allegedly good chance, plus a person with no confidence in the shot who now resents his playing partner--who oh, by the way, missed clearing the trees by a full 5 yards--for talking him into it and then putting him in the position of having to pull off the shot to save the hole.

 

I know it seems like common sense, but you'd be surprised at how the hero mentality takes over in a scramble at times.

post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by David in FL View Post


I'd just rather play golf. b2_tongue.gif

Yes..me too!  

 

........but free corporate scramble golf as a replacement for a workday isn't such a bad thing either.   Hahaha

post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by bplewis24 View Post

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I know it seems like common sense, but you'd be surprised at how the hero mentality takes over in a scramble at times.

 

The tennis elbow I've been struggling with for a month can vouch for this statement. Trying to muscle the ball to the green from every sort of lie is a recipe for injury.

post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by BuckeyeNut View Post

Yes..me too!  

 

........but free corporate scramble golf as a replacement for a workday isn't such a bad thing either.   Hahaha

 

Yep.  The one exception.......even a scramble during the week beats the day at work!

post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by bplewis24 View Post

One last bit of advice on scrambles is to not just play with reckless abandon on every tee box or every approach shot.  There is still some course management involved.  Make sure there is at least one level-headed person in the group, if you don't want to carry that role.  It's nice to sometimes be the bombs-away guy in the group who never has to think through any shots, but you can't be that guy every time.  Sometimes you have to be the thinker.   

 

Sometimes in a 2 or 4 man scramble, one guy will prefer his tee shot result which is behind some trees because he's really into this very high balloon shot he can play with his PW.  Well guess what?  Nobody else is comfortable with that shot.  So maybe you have to go with the shot that is 30 yards shorter, has a worse angle to the pin location and has to carry the huge bunker the pin is tucked behind.  At least that shot gives you 2-4 full swing chances at pulling it off successfully.  The other option may leave you with 1 allegedly good chance, plus a person with no confidence in the shot who now resents his playing partner--who oh, by the way, missed clearing the trees by a full 5 yards--for talking him into it and then putting him in the position of having to pull off the shot to save the hole.

 

I know it seems like common sense, but you'd be surprised at how the hero mentality takes over in a scramble at times.

 

Actually, this is probably the best advice. It's fine to have prefer one shot over another, and to make your preferences known to the group. But whatever you do, DON'T be that guy who insists on a particular shot, over the objections of your playing partners. What will inevitably happen is that you will screw up "your" shot, and your team will end up having to bail your sorry @ss out, lol.

post #26 of 28

I don't take these scramble tournaments serious at all, first of all there are always "hand picked" teams and these quite amazingly are the ones the people who organized the tournament are in. The last 2 man team I enetered and I do mean last my partner pulled in the parking lot and parked in the handicap spotd1_bigcry.gif.  I have seen teams hit all their shots out of bounds and then they just go drop a ball in the middle of the fairway and say "were hitting 2 right?". I know its supposed to just be a fun time but the fact you usually pay more to play the course cause it's a "tournament"e3_rolleyes.gif bothers me cause that extra money goes for the prizes won under fair and equitable conditions.

post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by GloriousBogey View Post

Thank you to everyone that responded to my question. The guy I'm partnered with can't drive to save his life but he can chip and putt better than myself. Can't wait to hit the tee box Saturday!

Soooo, is it a best ball or scramble?
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by xmanhockey7 View Post
 
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Originally Posted by GloriousBogey View Post
 

Does anyone got any advice on best ball scramble play? I'm entering my first best ball tourney Saturday and just looking for some last minute strategic advice.

Is it scramble or best ball? I've found it's best to have a good female player who can play from the lady tees to be in your group for a scramble. Group shot a 47 with 7 eagles and 11 birdies. Boy was it nice to be hitting chip shots onto par 4s!

 

My wife and I are playing in two people scramble tomorrow.   Men play from blue tee, and women from red.   This gives us a huge advantage.  It's like getting a 50 yard boost on my drives.   That advantage is offset on par 5s where my wife's 2nd & 3rd shots are going to be not very useful.   Still, that 50 yard added drive distance instantly makes me a single digit golfer from my 20 HI. 

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