Scrambles are Good for your Golf Game

I’ve been golf­ing of and on since I was 12 and have been golf­ing reg­u­lar­ly for the last five years. One thing I have nev­er done until yes­ter­day is golf in a scram­ble. They have always sound­ed like a lot of fun but I just have nev­er had the chance to par­tic­i­pate. That all changed about a month ago when a friend of mine asked me if I want­ed to golf in a char­i­ty scram­ble that was tak­ing place yes­ter­day.

For those of you that may not know, a scram­ble is a best ball for­mat which con­sists of every play­er in the four­some hit­ting their tee shot, and then every­one using the best shot out of the four for their sec­ond shot, and so on and so on. The ide­al team is usu­al­ly a mix of good play­ers and high hand­i­cap­pers. In fact, some scram­bles require a cer­tain mix of hand­i­caps. Birdies are the goal in a best ball for­mat. Pars are OK but bogies are killers. The win­ning team’s score from yesterday’s event was 12 under par. My team’s score was a respectable 4 under par.

So why are scram­bles good for the high handicapper’s game?

  • They’re fun! Some­times even high hand­i­cap­pers take golf too seri­ous­ly. All of us as ama­teurs want to improve but we have to remem­ber the golf is just a game for us. Scram­bles are many times held for char­i­ty, so the ulti­mate goal is to raise a lot of mon­ey and have a good time in the process. The for­mat of a scram­ble makes it very easy to have fun.

  • Bad shots are imme­di­ate­ly for­got­ten. There’s no penal­ty for hit­ting a ter­ri­ble shot. Sim­ply go pick up your ball (if you can find it) and hit your next shot from where the best shot of your group land­ed. Your always hit­ting your next shot from a good posi­tion unless all your team­mates also hit poor shots which is rare. This means you are not dwelling on bad shots and your thoughts stay pos­i­tive.

  • You can (and should) be aggres­sive. They are three team­mates who can bail you out if you hit a bad shot. There is much less need to be cau­tious in your shot selec­tion. On most shots, you can sim­ply “go for it”. While you do not want to go for it on every shot in your reg­u­lar game, learn­ing to be aggres­sive at the right times is impor­tant.

  • You get to watch a good play­er golf. I was the sec­ond best play­er on our team. The best play­er was absolute mon­ey from tee to green. Every tee and approach shot was almost per­fect. Where we dif­fered was in our con­sis­ten­cy. I matched him on sev­er­al shots but also hit some real­ly bad shots. Golf­ing with bet­ter play­ers gives you the con­fi­dence that you can be a good play­er if you put in the work.

  • You will con­tribute to your team’s suc­cess. You might think your team will end up using all the shots from your best play­er. While you will be rely­ing on your best play­er for many of you team’s shots, believe it or not every­one con­tributes. It real­ly all comes down to putting in a best ball for­mat. We used birdie putts from every one of our team mem­bers. Every­one on my team also had at least one dri­ve or approach shot that we used.

My plan is to golf in two or three scram­bles a year from now on. Like I said, they are usu­al­ly held to sup­port a char­i­ty, have no pres­sure, and are set­up to encour­age every­one to have a great time. I sug­gest you golf in a scram­ble if you have not yet had the chance.

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