Best Ball

Best-Ball

A “best-ball” competition consists of teams of 3 or more players, each playing their own ball at every hole. There are many variations, like Waltz, Cha-Cha-Cha, and others. A competition of the best ball of 2 players against the best ball of 2 opponents is called “four-ball”.

When playing one best-ball of four, a handicap allowance of 80% of Course Handicap for men and 90% of Course Handicap for women is recommended. When playing two best-balls of four, a handicap allowance of 90% of Course Handicap for men and 95% of Course Handicap for women is recommended.

Best-ball scores can be based on Stableford or other point systems, rather than strokes. The team score remains the better of the partners’ scores (in Stableford scoring, for example, the higher point score is better).

Best ball scorecard

Scorecard with 4 players and their Better-Ball of Four team score

In this illustration, the scorecard includes the individual scores of all the players and their calculated best-ball team score. It's not required that all players return a score at each hole, unless the scores will be recorded for calculating a handicap.

Net Best-Ball results

Net Best-Ball scores using 80% handicap allowances

Illustrated here are the details of the net individual and team best-ball scores, using handicap allowances of 80% of each player's Course Handicap.

Best ball scorecard

Scorecard with 4 players and their 2 Best-Balls of Four team score

In this illustration, the scorecard includes the individual scores of all the players and their calculated 2 best-balls of four team score. Only 2 players need to return a score at each hole, unless the scores will be recorded for calculating a handicap.

Net Best-Ball results

Individual net scores using 80% handicap allowances and 2 net best-balls of 4

Illustrated here are the details of the net individual scores, using handicap allowances of 80% of each player's Course Handicap, and the team's 2 net best-balls of 4.

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