Archive for March 2009

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 for the Wii

Posted by cjsharp1 on March 23, 2009 in Notes, Videos 1 Comment

I’ve been playing Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 on the Wii ever since it was released in late August. I love this game, and I think it does a great job simulating real golf (at least, golf in a video game).

But then… after watching this trailer for the upcoming release of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10… I think things are going to get even better:

This is crazy. With the Wii’s new Motion Plus accessory, the game can do a near-perfect, one-to-one backswing and foreswing. It also improves the low/high power-percent shots and provides consistent draw/fade shots on drives and push/pull shots on putts.

Oh… And in-game weather conditions, based on the real-time weather conditions for the real golf course?!? Crazy.

Look for this to be released in August or September June of 2009.

Scramble vs. Best Ball

Posted by cjsharp1 on March 15, 2009 in The Game 0 Comments

The definitions of the “scramble” format and the “best ball” format were provided in the last two previous posts. At first glance they seem very similar, but they are actually very different. After looking around for the real differences, I came across a great blog post by Nick Momrik over at

In a scramble, each player hits their own shot from the tee. The team then chooses the best shot. Players whose shots were not selected, go pick up their ball and the entire team shoots their second shots from where this “best shot” came to rest, (typically) with the option of shooting from within a club length of this “best ball” spot (except on the green of course). You cannot, however, move from rough to fairway, or fringe to green. After the second shot, this process continues as many times as necessary until a ball is in the hole. The team score for each hole is how many “best shots” were needed.

In a best ball format, each player on a team plays their ball from where it ends up (no “best shot” or picking up and moving the ball to another location). It can be viewed as each player playing a typical round of golf, with their own score for each hole. The team score for each hole is the lowest score by any one player. As an example, a team of 4 players shoot 4, 5, 4, and 6 on a hole. The team score for this hole would be a 4 because it was the lowest score.

Both formats have advantages and disadvantages.

By playing in a scramble, teams are able to put up some low scores, because there is a good chance that 1 out of 4 golfers will have a pretty decent shot. One thing I do find in scrambles is that players do no play their typical golf game. If the first player to tee of hits one safely down the fairway, every player after usually tries to crank one a mile, leading to bad habits.

When playing a best ball format, each player gets to play their own game. This gives everyone the chance to know how they scored for the course, because each player has an individual score for each hole. The team scores are usually much higher with this format, because it’s not a collective effort for each shot, like in a scramble.

Terminology: best ball

Posted by cjsharp1 on March 15, 2009 in Terminology, The Game 0 Comments

My previous post defined the word “scramble”, which is a popular format for tournament golf play. At first thought, a “scramble” sounded very similar to “best ball”, another popular format. Let’s look at the definition of “best ball”, as provided by’s Golf section:

Definition: Along with the scramble, “best ball” is one of the most popular golf tournament formats.

Best ball can be played using 2-, 3- or 4-person teams. Each player on the team plays his or her own golf ball throughout the round, and on each hole the low score – or “best ball” – of the group serves as the team score. Player A gets a 5, B gets a 4, C gets a 6, D gets a 6, then the team score for that hole is 4, because the low score of the group was B’s 4.

Best ball is usually played as stroke play with the total score added up at the end of the round. It can be played as match play, but best-ball match play with more than 2-person teams results in a lot of halved holes.

When using 3- or 4-person teams, it’s almost imperitave to apply handicaps so that the weaker players will be able to contribute.

A 2-person best ball match play competition is also known as Four Ball.

“Best ball” can also refer to a competition in which a single player plays match play against a 2- or 3-person team playing best ball. That variation is good for a low-handicapper taking on a team of higher handicappers.

Terminology: scramble

Posted by cjsharp1 on March 15, 2009 in Terminology, The Game 0 Comments

In preparation for the new golf season, and to look ahead toward one of this season’s goals, let’s see exactly what a “golf scramble” is. Here is the definition from’s Golf section:

Definition: The Scramble is one of the primary forms of tournament play for golf associations, charity events and the like. A scramble is usually played with 4-person teams, but 2-person scrambles are popular, too. At a 2-person scramble, handicaps are usually applied; at a 4-person scramble, handicaps are usually not applied – unless it is an Ambrose-style scramble.

In a scramble, each player tees off on each hole. The best of the tee shots is selected and all players play their second shots from that spot. The best of the second shots is determined, then all play their third shots from that spot, and so on until the ball is holed.

When played as a foursome, teams are usually constructed with an A player, B player, C player and D player, with those players designated based on handicaps. The A player would the low-handicapper, the D player the high-handicapper.

A scramble might require A and B players to tee off from the back tees and C and D players from the middle tees; or A’s from the back, B’s and C’s from the middle and D’s from the front; or the tournament organizers might specify that all players play from the same set of tees.

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