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    I think the "not being able to get into a rhythm" is supposed to be a big part of the challenge of the format. It's a way of taking us out of our comfort zone and challenging us to develop a new rhythm or whatever we want to call it. As such, it's best in small doses very occasionally.

    I have met a few members at English clubs where foursomes are played every week. At least one of them said he plays so much foursomes he always feels a little bored and unfocused when he plays his own ball. But there are only a handful of places in the world where someone could get into it that much. And I know it would not appeal to me as something to do more than a couple times a year.

    On the American side I'm that way about scrambles. Just don't see the appeal. Talk about not getting in a rhythm!

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    Alt shot is always a fun format but can definitely be stressful. I played in an event on Saturday with my brother where 9 holes was alt shot. For 8 of the holes we were -1. That one other hole we tripled and of course we ended up being one stroke out of the money!
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    Have not played that format before.
    But...I would like to try it.
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    We did alt shot for our second 18 at the 2014 Gauntlet and it was a ton of fun. I've always liked that format since. Me and ChristopherKee ham and egged it pretty good. Then DMoney79 and I played alt shot at the SEC Regional Rivalry and we almost got to see JDax and E1terate throw down over club selection.
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    I highly recommend you give it a go, but def "no apologies".

    One thing I found is putting, I had to bite my tounge a few times cos my partner lined up way outside where I would have.

    Reminded me that there are multiple lines for any breaking putt (depends on speed)

    Don't play with a hothead though, could get scary.


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    Alt shot is damn tough and not all that fun especially if you are traveling or playing a bucket list type course. I'd like to hit as many shots as possible.
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    In my opinion, and most have said the same thing, alternate shot takes some getting used to especially if you’re not familiar with your partner or how they play particular holes/layouts.
    One of my regular group & I played in a 6-6-6 tournament Saturday and cleaned house on the alternate shot portion -4 in those 6 holes, -6 the other 12 holes. But we’ve played in the same group so much that I knew he liked to play certain shots into greens & tried to set him up for them even though I was putting the ball in places I try to avoid. To play it well, you need to set your partner up & they you. Sure, you’re going to screw your guy occasionally but he’s going to get you too. Just do your best, swing hard & see where it shakes out.


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    I’ve played alternate shot a couple of times. The one thing that really stood out to me was make sure your partner and you are hitting similar balls. I played with one guy and he was using a 2 piece distance ball and I normally play a 3/4 piece urethane ball. I could not get used to the lack of spin on approach shots and chipping/pitching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chriso97 View Post
    Played a foursomes (Alternate shot, single ball) on Sunday, was heaps of fun but damn hard to find any rhythm.

    As a pro it would be okay I guess, but as an amateur it's damn hard. I was the low handicap, do I felt extra pressure.

    Have to say I'm not a fan overall, but as something different ...



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