Better Ball of Teammates
A “best-ball” competition for teams of 3 or more players, each playing their own ball at every hole. The team score at each hole is the best result of the teammates, net or gross. There are many variations, like Bowmaker, Cha-Cha, Four-Ball, The Ritz, Waltz and others. A match play competition of the Best-Ball of 2 players against the Best-Ball of 2 opponents is called a Four-Ball.
Best-Ball scores can be based on Stableford or other point systems, rather than strokes. The team score remains the better of the teammates’ scores (in Stableford scoring, for example, the higher point score is better).
When playing one best-ball of four net, 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 net, a handicap allowance of 90% of Course Handicap for men and 95% of Course Handicap for women is recommended.