Pace of play can be better. Please read the following and honestly appraise your efforts.
WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR PACE OF PLAY WITHOUT RUSHING
Your pace of play depends more on your readiness than on the number of shots you take. No one likes to be considered a “slow player” nor do they want to feel rushed while enjoying a round of golf. The following techniques can help you keep your pace of play under four hours without rushing.
1. Tell your group at the first tee to hit when ready. The first player that is ready should be the first to tee off and so on. If your fairway and approach shots are approximately the same distance from the green the player who is ready goes first. If you insist on playing honors, then make sure you are the first person to be ready.
2. Put several tees, a ball mark repair tool and two ball markers in your pocket prior to the first tee.
3. Be ready.
4. Don’t start a conversation with another player if either of you are “up”.
5. Have an idea of what club you will need even before you get to your ball.
6. When you finish a shot and go to your ball, don’t put your club/s in your bag. Continue to walk with clubs in hand and wait to put your clubs away until you hit your next shot.
7. Simplify your “set up” routine. Your “set up” routine is important, but it doesn’t need to be so elaborate that it is time consuming.
8. Take only one practice swing. If you take multiple practice swings, do it before your turn so that when it is your turn you can just hit the ball.
9. Locate your yardage to the hole before it is your turn.
10.If you are ready to putt and the person “away” is not, then you putt first.
11. Line up your putt before it is your turn, so when it is your turn, you are ready to putt.
12.Use the continuous putting rule whenever possible.
13.Fix ball marks on the green before or after it is your turn to putt.
14.If you are the first one in the hole, pick up the flagstick so you can replace it when the last person has putted.
15.Never record scores at the green. Do it at the next tee. If you are playing honors, don’t wait for the score keeper.
16.If you have a bunker shot, take the rake into the bunker with you before your shot.
17.Never place a rake near another rake in the bunker. After raking, place the rake on the outside of the bunker.
18.If someone in your group hits a bunker shot into another bunker, rake the first bunker for him.
19.If players in your group are playing from different tee markers, then the forward tee players should walk to their tee to as soon as the back tee players have hit. The back tee players can walk to their shots as the forward tee players hit.
20.Place your bag between the green and the closest distance to the next tee.
21.Always be aware of the gap between you and the group ahead. There shouldn’t be more than a half of a hole open between you. If you fall behind, advise your group to pick up the pace. Don’t be concerned about the group behind you as long as you are keeping pace with the group ahead.
22.After your round is completed, clear the 18th green immediately. Don’t add up scores or pack your bag until after you have left the green area.
23.Watch your ball and your fellow competitors ball all the way, find a landmark so you know exactly where it is
4 hours is ample time for a threesome to play a round of golf. You don’t need to have a low handicap for these techniques to work. You will increase your pace of play with very little effort…. WITHOUT RUSHING.