Playing in a 4 person scramble is always fun. It offers an opportunity to maximize your strengths and hide your weaknesses. Personally, I find that each player playing their preferred position is more beneficial than someone telling them where to play. Picking your position fosters confidence in your game and helps the team succeed in the future.
Surprisingly, I ask this very question during #GOLFCHAT last Tuesday. I was not surprised by the responses:
Most of the respondents say they want to play in the 3rd or 4th because they like the pressure. They state they are gamers and feel that they contribute best by anchoring the team. I think this type of confidence is fun and can help the team as long as they can back up the talk.
Personally, I have been the anchor to any scramble team I play on. Occasionally, I will play in a different position for a shot or two, but generally I play last. There are three reasons why I am in the pressure position:
- I am consistent and can hit the safe shot on demand
- I can unleash a longish shot in a tight position if required
- I am generally a strong putter and will steal the old long putt
I have talked about strategy and playing in 4 person scrambles before. from the past here is what Peter suggests and I agree:
- 1st – 2nd best player
- 2nd – 4th best player
- 3rd – 3rd best player
- 4th – Best player
- 1st off finds fairway, takes pressure off 2nd & 3rd. Also putts 1st to find the line. Best last is a no brainer!
I will be playing in several scrambles over the summer and plan to use some or all of the advice of friends to ensure that our team is the strongest it can be for that day. In some cases, we have to wait to see who is actually on the team, but that is a conversation for another day.
Do you have a specific strategy for a 4 person scramble team?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!