The first thing we need to establish for some of our readers is that foursomes is a form of competition where golfers compete in teams of two, using only one ball per team, and taking alternate shots until the hole is completed. We too frequently call four ball events a foursome, which is confusing especially now that we are about to watch the Ryder Cup soon which features foursomes as one of the formats of the competition. It is a fun format you should try, if you haven’t already.
A few hints to help you get through your next game of foursomes:
When playing foursomes it is suggested that the two team members establish individual strengths and weaknesses beforehand i.e. who drives best, who is best on par 3s as the format requires one team member teeing off on the odd holes and other on the even holes. So, know your course as well as strengths and weaknesses before you play as your strategy will have a fairly significant effect on the overall results of the match.
Never apologize for a bad shot because presumably your bad shot was unintentional
Never give up because it is the one format where anything can happen at any time
Foursomes has tested the strengths of many friendships and even marriages. It can build or destroy a relationship.
Make sure you select a golf ball that both members of the team have confidence in. If you are going to mark it do so with something which will exude confidence rather than distracting scrawls.
Foursomes can be a lot of fun and you can get round easily in less than four hours. Try it.
Frank and Valerie