Fourball golf, also known as better ball or best ball, is a type of golf where two teams of two players compete against each other. On each hole, the partners play their own balls and the team's score is the lower of the two players' scores. The team with the lowest aggregate score over a set number of holes wins the match.
Fourball golf is a popular format for both amateur and professional tournaments. It is also a popular way for golfers of all skill levels to play together.
Here is a breakdown of the rules of fourball golf:
Teams of two players compete against each other.
Partners play their own balls on each hole.
The team's score is the lower of the two players' scores on each hole.
The team with the lowest aggregate score over a set number of holes wins the match.
On the tee, the partners must decide who will tee off first. After that, the partners can play in any order they choose.
If a player hits the ball out of bounds, the team must take a penalty stroke and play from the spot where the ball last crossed in bounds.
If a player hits the ball into the water, the team must take a penalty stroke and replay the shot from the spot where the ball last crossed in bounds.
If a player's ball comes to rest on the partner's ball, the partner's ball must be lifted without penalty and placed at the nearest point of relief that is not nearer the hole.
The first team to complete the round with the lowest aggregate score wins the match.
Fourball golf is a fun and competitive format that can be enjoyed by golfers of all skill levels. It is a great way to test your teamwork and golf skills.
Here are some tips for playing fourball golf:
Communicate with your partner. It is important to decide who will hit the next shot and where you want to aim the ball.
Be supportive. Encourage your partner and offer them advice when needed.
Play to your strengths. If you are a long hitter, focus on hitting the ball long. If you are a good putter, focus on putting the ball well.
Be patient. Fourball golf can be a slow format, so it is important to be patient and let your partner play their shot.