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Definition: "Better ball" is what you call a best ball competition in which the teams are comprised of two players rather than three or four players. When played as match play, better ball is another name for Four Ball.

Better ball works this way: The two players on the team each play their own golf ball throughout the round. On each hole, the two team members compare scores, and the lower of their two scores (the better ball, in other words) counts as the team's score. Example: On the first hole Player A scores 5 and Player B scores 4; "4" is the team score for Hole 1.

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Also Known As: 2-Person Best Ball; Four Ball, when played as match play.
Examples:
"The association is playing a Better Ball tournament on Saturday."

"The tournament is two players per side, the better ball counts as the team score."

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