So I returned to Higher Ground on Friday for more doubles, but this time Cindy came with me and we requested to play together.
Together we shot -2. My partner from Tuesday had a new parter with whom he shot a -6.
This suggests to me that while one part of a doubles pair will always be superior to the other, it is hard to estimate how much of a round is merely what the better of the two players would play singles.
Certainly I (or my former partner) could have played worse than we did on Tuesday (I know I missed a few more putts for birdie), but I don't think it likely that he shot 8 strokes worse and I 12.
So there is something about not just who you get paired with but how complementary you are in your skills, temperament, and approach to the game.