Foursomes (Alternate Shot)
22.1 Overview of Foursomes (Alternate Shot) RandA Rule 22.1
(also known as Alternate Shot) is a form of play involving (in either or ) where two compete as a by playing one ball in alternating order on each hole.
Rules 1-20 apply to this form of play (with theplaying one ball being treated in the same way as the individual player is treated), as modified by these specific Rules.
A variation of this is a form ofknown as Threesomes, where an individual player competes against a side of two who play alternating shots under these specific Rules.
22.2 Either Partner May Act for Side
As bothcompete as one playing only one ball:
- Either may take any allowed action for the before the is made, such as to the spot of the ball and lift, , and place the ball, no matter which turn it is to play next for the .
- A Rule 10), but must not give any help that the other is not allowed to give under the Rules. and his or her may help the other in any way that the other is allowed to help (such as to give and be asked for and take the other actions allowed under
- Any action taken or breach of the Rules by either or either applies to the .
In Rule 3.3b)., only one of the needs to certify the hole scores on the (see
22.3 Side Must Alternate in Making Strokes
On each hole, themust make each for the in alternating order:
- One must play first for the from the of all odd numbered holes, while the other must play first for the from the of all even numbered holes.
- After the first from the of a hole, the must alternate for the rest of the hole.
- If a is cancelled or otherwise does not count under any Rule (except when a is made in the wrong order in breach of this Rule), the same who made the must make the next for the .
- If the decides to play a , it must be played by the whose turn it is to play the next .
Any penalty strokes for thedo not affect the alternating order of play.
Penalty for Making a Stroke in the Wrong Order in Breach of Rule 22.3: .
In, the must correct the mistake:
- The right must make a from where the made the first in the wrong order.
- The made in the wrong order and any more strokes before the mistake is corrected (including made and any penalty strokes solely from playing that ball) do not count.
- If the disqualified. does not correct the mistake before making a to begin another hole or, for the last hole of the , before returning its , the is
22.4 Starting the Round
a Partner to Play First
Themay choose which will play from the first in starting the , unless the Terms of the Competition say which must play first.
b Starting Time and Starting Point
Rule 5.3a applies differently to each based on who will play first for the :
Thewho will play first must be ready to play at the starting time and starting point, and must start at (and not before) that time.
Thewho will play second must be present at the starting time either at the starting point or on the hole near where the ball played from the is expected to come to rest.
If either Rule 5.3a.is not present in this way, the is in breach of