A friend and I are going to play in our first doubles tournament in a few weeks. Anyone have any pointers for strategies and/or any different rules we should know about ahead of time. I'm a lefty and he's a righty.
one tip I can give you is that the person who is better (if either of you is better then the other) have that person go second on the drives and the putts, or what I like to do is, alternate so that you never throw a disc more then one time in a row, whoever putted out or made the last putt, have the other person drive next hole, this keeps things totally divided equally.
You already have a good setup with one person being left and the other righty... I would say on the holes that favor the left handed player, have the opposite (right-handed) person throw their drive first. And on the holes that favor a righty, have the lefty drive first..you get the point. It will be easier to have the pressure on the person who has a higher percentage of throwing a good drive, just incase the first drive isn't parked.. haha Oh and one more thing, have fun.
during our sunday's doubles proam rounds, i'm the am so i always throw first. if i park the approach shot, for example, it gives the pro the "greenlight" to run at the basket on his shot. it's a safe way to try to shave a stroke. also, on a drive, if the first thrower parks a hole, the second thrower simply goes for the ace.
you could always do the regular alternate... one play drives odd holes while the other player drives even... then the closest shot to the basket, have the opposite player throw that shot... makes things simple and it gives the lessor player more potential shots...
However given the you're a lefty and he's a righty.... I do like Eric's idea... it is a good team setup with 1 left and 1 right... as long as both of you throw the same way... (a lefty throwing forehand and a righty throwing backhand has the same effect and is therefore pointless... )
Let the am/lesser skilled player throw first on all drives. This gives the Pro more options on how to attack the hole depending on the am result. Ace run, have to lay up, different route or type of throw that might work out.
Upshots: Understand the importance of laying up and playing safe on longer shots. We all want to go for it, but someone has to take one for the team to get the best score. Nothing worse than a player throwing first going 50ft past the basket, taking away a possible run for the next player.
Putting: inside 60 feet. Don't leave it short, make sure it has a chance, chances are both of you aren't going to miss the comebacker that close(hopefully)
I like to putt my own drives and the same for my partner.
Understanding and knowing the skills of your partner is key.
The main thing is go and have fun...What Clenk said is spot on....That's the strategy if your playing Best Shot format.
The only thing I can add...that seems to happen a lot when newbies first try Doubles...best shot that is...is the first guy to approach/putt and misses, might forget his partner has to shoot too and pick up the marker...no biggie, just a first timers common mistake.