Today, I am playing in a 3-person with my friends Blair and Rick. It is going to be a great time and our results will depend on who shows up today. All three of us have struggled at various times, however when we are all on, we have a good chance to be in the prizes. Regardless, I like to play with a strategy….at least for the first few holes. 😉
I have played in many scrambles over the years with relative success. It is challenging to know exactly how well we will do, but it will all boil down to approach shots. If we are not putting for birdie from around 12 or closer, then our chances of scoring low diminish very quickly. To accomplish this one focal point, we have a bit of a plan:
- Playing first, keep the ball in play and do not take chances. Playing safe is paramount to ensure on ball is in play. As well, when putting first, get the ball to the hole. In our case, Rick will play first. He has hit the ball well off the tee and has a solid short game. I am hoping we can hit close to the pin so he can sink all the putts.
- Second player, take chances. I like my longest hitter playing in this position. His main job is distance. The longer they play, the easier it is for the next shot. In our case Blair will go second. He has a great well-rounded game and has the ability to be streaky. I am hoping today is the day when he gets hot.
- Anchor must be able to get the team out of trouble. They should be your most consistent player who has a solid short game. This position is relied upon as the scoring position. I am the anchor today. My plan is to be very aggressive on approach shots, especially if Rick or Blair get is play. Today is not the time to be timid.
Our on weak point is that we do not have a long hitter. Occasionally, any of us can hit the long ball, but generally we are not considered long. Therefore, we need to ensure our GIR percentage is very high and our first putt distances very low. If we can do this, then anything can happen.
Playing in a 3-person scramble is great fun. We have been looking forward to this for quite some time. It is finally here and it is time to let the fun begin. I will update you on how we did tomorrow.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!