We are keen golfers who enjoy playing pairs events ourselves, however the majority of options available are betterball format, where crazy scores seem to win regularly and nobody's handicap seems to change.
All of our own events are handicap counting and our pairs format is tough, but fair - both balls count aggregated stableford.
Very simply, both players play their own ball in stableford format.
Player A and player B's scores are added together at the end of each round to create their team score.
Both players need to perform well to win and every event counts towards your handicap, ensuring fair play all round.