Tips to avoid slow play!

Golf is a sport that is meant to be played at an enjoyable yet steady pace.

People often wonder why play is so slow. There is a rather simple theory. Play is slow simply because the average player doesn't mind a 4- or 5-hour round.

The secret to faster play is really simple. It is nothing more than this: Be Ready To Hit. Don't watch your partner when you should be getting to your ball, choosing your club and getting mentally ready for the shot.

Hit it, walk or ride to your ball, and hit it again.

It is perfectly possible to complete a four ball round in three and three quarter hours. Slow play usually results from failure to clear the green promptly or from being unprepared to play your shot immediately it is your turn. Your co-operation in eradicating this malaise will be greatly appreciated.

If every person could play each hole just 20 seconds quicker, then we could probably save half an hour in time, meaning everyone gets home that little bit earlier.

It is essential that everyone plays quickly, without delay and picks their ball up when they can no longer score any Stableford points on a hole.

Know how many shots you have taken at all times, don't finish the hole then add up your strokes. This is the easiest and simplest way to speed things up.

Unless otherwise determined by the Committee, priority on the course is determined by a group's pace of play. Any group playing a whole round is entitled to pass a group playing a shorter round.

The newly revised R&A rule book has been written for the modern golfer and has a prominent section on etiquette and how to improve the pace of play. If we can increase the speed of play then we can increase the pleasure of the game for everyone.

Remember your place on the golf course is directly behind the group in front of you. Not directly in front of the group behind you.

The bottom line is: use a little common sense on the course. You can play in a reasonable amount of time and still have the social interaction or business meeting you desire.