Air Press

Type Side Bet
Alias None
Format Game
Number of players 2, 3, 4+
Team or Individual play Individual
  • The air press is a wager that can automatically be invoked only while a player’s shot is still in the air by another player who has not yet played their tee shot.
  • Air presses are essentially one-hole bets between players in a group and have to be called while the ball is still in the air. The caller just has to shout “Air Press,” and the bet is in place.
  • Players usually call the air press bet when they think they can beat the other player on that hole.
  • Air presses can only be called by players who have not yet hit their drives on a particular hole.


    • Suppose Player A hits their tee shot, but it looks like a bad drive. Player B notices this and shouts. “Air Press” before Player A’s ball lands. This invokes the bet.
    • Now Player B gets ready to hit their shot. While Player B’s ball is still in the air, Player A has the option to double the bet, also called “re-pressing” or “pressing back”.
    • If Player B scores better than Player A on the hole, they win the air press bet. However, if they fail to score better than Player A, they lose the bet, and if Player A pressed back, then Player B owes double the bet amount to Player A.


    • The value of the air press is determined among the group of players. It can be worth $1, $2, $5, or more.
    • In case of a tie, some groups prefer to cancel the bet, i.e., no one wins or loses anything.However, other groups play this way: If the player who called the bet fails to wins the hole, then that player loses the bet. Similarly, if the hole is halved, they lose half the bet amount.