ChuckZpistolpeteWhere did I read recently that the #1 cause of slow play isn't ignorance of protocol or slothful play but simply, lack of skill! Makes sense to me.if one of every three or four shots is wild and in the weeds/trees, you are not going to play with much pace. Toss in a bunch of three and four putts and voila! you now have the makings of a sloooow round....
There are a lot of articles regarding the reasons for slow play and before we run down a list of suggestions for speeding up play, it's important to note that many of these tips have nothing to do with rushing your play, but rather with simply being ready to play, and with using common sense and good etiquette on the course.
The bottom line is, as soon as it's your turn to play, you should be ready to step right up and make the stroke.
Here are some tips for speeding up slow play on the golf course:
• Choose the correct set of tees from which to play. If you're a 20-handicapper, you have no business playing the championship tees. Doing so only adds strokes, which add time.
• Members of a group should not travel as a pack, with all members walking together to the first ball, then the second, and so on. Each member of the group should walk directly to his own ball.
• When two players are riding in a cart, drive the cart to the first ball and drop off the first player with his choice of clubs. The second player should proceed in the cart to his ball. After the first player hits his stroke, he should begin walking toward the cart as the second golfer is playing.
• Use the time you spend getting to your ball to think about the next shot - the yardage, the club selection. When you reach your ball you'll need less time to figure out the shot.
• If you are unsure whether your ball has come to rest out of bounds, or may be lost, immediately hit a provisional ball so that you won't have to return to the spot to replay the shot. If you are playing a recreational match with, shall we say, a "loose interpretation" of the rules, then simply drop a new ball somewhere around the area where your ball was lost and keep playing (taking a penalty, of course).
• If you're following the rules, you won't be using mulligans. But if are using mulligans, limit them to no more than one mulligan per nine (you should never hit a mulligan if players behind you are waiting - or if you want to later claim that you played by the rules).
• Begin reading the green and lining up putts as soon as you reach the green. Don't wait until it's your turn to putt to start the process of reading the green. Do it as soon as you reach the green so that when it's your turn you can step right up and putt.
• Never delay making a stroke because you're having a conversation with a playing partner. Put the conversation on hold, make your stroke, then pick up the conversation again.
• If using a cart on a cart-path-only day, take more than one club with you when you walk from the cart to your ball. Getting to the ball only to find out you don't have the right club is a huge time-waster on the golf course.
.........it is amazing how fast you can move along following these tips, READY GOLF....thanks for signing up......cz : )
All great ideas Chuck but the point of the article I cited is that if you spend five minutes looking for your ball because you hit it in the weeds, it is going to take a long time to get around the course. Put together a foursome of folks who aren't necessarily that skilled at the game and you typically will spend a lot of time looking for balls and that will slow down the pace of play.
All of the suggestions you've cited make a great deal of sense and I completely agree that adopting these steps can help. But if you shoot 69 for a round, you will ALWAYS play faster than someone who posts a 96!