Worst Ball Scramble, Opposite Scramble

Type Stroke
Alias Worst Ball Scramble, Opposite Scramble
Format Tournament
Number of players 2,4+
Team or Individual play Team
  • A reverse scramble is the opposite of a traditional scramble. In the latter, all players of a team tee off and then choose the best drive. Then the players move their balls to the selected location and hit their second shots from there. This process continues until the ball is holed.
  • In a reverse scramble, however, the worst drive is chosen instead of the best drive, and the next shot is played from there. Then the worst of the second shot is chosen, and the third stroke is played from there and so on until the ball is holed.
  • This game is usually played as a practice game rather than a serious golf tournament.


        Consider a two-player team with Players A and B. The two players tee off. Player A’s ball lands straight down the middle of the fairway while Player B’s ball winds up in the rough. Player A’s drive was longer, and B’s was shorter, making it the worse of the two. In Reverse Scramble, Player B’s drive will be selected, and the next stroke will be played from there