If you’re tired of playing long strokeplay rounds in your fourball, why not try some of the fun formats below the next time you find yourself going out in a four?
Fourball Betterball One of our favourite formats is fourball betterball matchplay, as famously used in the Ryder Cup. This game sees both team members play their own ball, with the lowest score counting at each hole. In a fourball betterball match, competitors receive 90% of the difference from the player with the lowest handicap.
Greensomes In this format, both partners tee off on each hole. From here you choose the best drive and then play alternate shots for the rest of the hole. Your greensomes handicap should be 60% of the lower partner’s handicap added to 40% of the higher partner’s. So a 5hcp (3.0) and a 10hcp (4.0) would play off 7 as a pair.
Texas Scramble If you enjoy playing as a team, try this. Every player tees off and the best drive is selected, followed by all four playing second shots from here. The best shot is then selected again and this process continues until you hole out. Your team should receive 10% of your combined handicaps and use at least four tee shots per player.