Just what is a Step-Aside Scramble?
A “Step Aside Scramble”, also
known as a Florida Scramble, Dropout Scramble,
Stand Aside Scramble, Standout Scramble and
Mexican Standoff, is a golf tournament format
designed to add fun, challenge, and increased
Members of each 4-person team
in the tournament play a scramble, meaning that
the best result of each shot is used as the
location for all players' next shots.
In a Step-Aside Scramble, all
four players tee off on each hole.
The golfer whose ball is
chosen for each succeeding shot has to sit out
the next stroke. For example:
Players A, B, C, and D tee off. Player B’s
ball is chosen as the best drive. Player B
has to “step aside” -- to sit out – the next
shot. Only players A, B, and D hit the
second shot. If player D’s second shot is
chosen, Players A, B, and C hit the third shot.
This continues until the hole is completed.
This format limits a common
result of scrambles -- that a team's star player
plays his or her best round and the other
members of the team are "along for the ride,"
occasionally improving upon his or her play. In
a Step-Aside, teams are more competitive because
the advantage of having a low-handicapper on
one's team is less than in a traditional
This format brings a lot of
fun to the round because a player who makes a
great shot gets credit for it, but is not able
to carry the team on his or her shoulders for
every shot. Teams with players who have
different strengths -- driving, long irons,
shorts irons, putting -- can really do well in
this format. And everyone can have a lot of
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