I’m posting this to be of possible use to some Forum readers and to get discussion. The Rules Forum has been very quiet for a while.
This is a real problem. My Club has a par 3, 120 metres. The tee shot is a water carry of 105 metres over a dam. This is men’s Black Course tee, 17th hole. There is an alternate tee for women and for two other rated men’s courses. 105 meters doesn’t sound much but it is frequently played into a strong westerly. Some players hit wedges of course, some elderly guys even hit driver.
Sometimes one of the partners in Foursomes (Alternate Shot) is faced with an "impossible" Tee Shot
It is their (his/her) turn to play. Faced with a water carry they know that it is just too far.
Purposely making a swing to miss the ball is not acceptable.
This situation is covered in Interpretation 22.3/3, Player May Not Purposely Miss Ball so His or Her Partner Can Play.
There is a way.
The “weak hitter” tees a ball in the Teeing Area, makes a tiny stroke moving the ball a small distance being sure it stays in the Teeing Area. Easy method. Place a ball on the ground and use a putter.
Now the ball has been played in correct order. The side has a ball lying 1 in the Teeing Area. The partner can tee a ball anywhere in the Teeing Area and play in the correct order.
Some Scrambles have a minimum number of tee shots for each player in the Team. That can produce a forced tee shot situation. This ploy would work allowing other members of the team to play the side’s second shot teeing up in process.