How to Manage Speed of Play in Your Group

How to Manage Speed of Play in Your Group

One of the most common complaints about the game of golf today is the slow pace of play. With the popularity of the game and all the new golfers, courses are crowded and rounds are taking five or six hours. I'm going to give you a few tips on how to play the game more efficiently. I'm certainly not advocating a quick golf swing; I am telling you how to play faster.

5 Tips for Faster Pace of Play in Your Next Round

  1. Let's start with the first tee. Make sure you approach the first tee with your driver in your hand. When you are over the ball play as quickly as you can, one practice swing will suffice, you don't need two or three, it's a big waste of time and is very bothersome to your partners.
  2. If you happen to hit an errant tee shit and the ball may be lost, hit another ball, a provisional, immediately. If you do look for the ball don't take much time, 60 seconds is plenty of time especially if you think your ball is lost, and have a golf ball with you so you are ready to drop a ball if that is necessary.
  3. If you happen to be riding in a golf cart and your ball is on the other side of the fairway, make sure that you take two or three clubs from the cart with you. Don't go back and forth to the cart, it takes far too much time.
  4. Then when it is your turn to hit you must be ready to hit, think about the shot before it's your turn to hit. Get your yardage prepared, think about your golf shot so you are ready to hit when it is your turn.
  5. When you get up to the putting green line up your putt before it is your turn. You have plenty of time to survey the green and look at the terrain so that when you are over the putt you don't need to take more than a few seconds to stroke it. I am not telling you to stroke it fast; I am telling you to stroke it very efficiently.

If you abide by some of these tips you will become a very favored playing partner.

Category: Etiquette
Sub-Category: Fairway Shots, Putting
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Jane Blalock
Jane Blalock
The Jane Blalock Company
197 Eighth Street
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Boston, MA 02129
Cambridge, MA 02141
Tel: 800-466-1133

Jane Blalock is the winner of 29 LPGA events and has a record-setting 299 consecutive cuts made.


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