If you are like me, then you hate slow play. You also hate being a single behind a foursome who takes 3 minutes per shot. To top if off, they don’t let you go through!
It can be nerve wracking. However, there are some things you can do, as a player, to help speed up your group and not aggravate the other players in the group’s behind you.
1. Prepare for your shot in advance. When you get to a player’s ball prior to your own ball, take a look at your angle, take a look at the distance, and start determining how you want to play the shot.
Don’t wait until its your turn to start determining this information. When you get to your golf ball, you should already know how you want the shot executed. Aside from a few yardage tweaks, take a look at the line, take a couple practice swings (take a COUPLE practice swings, not 20), setup and hit the ball.
The one mistake that plague slow groups on a golf course are those that wait until the last minute to start figuring out how they want to hit the ball, what club to take, etc…
2. Once on the green, follow the same advice as above. Begin getting a read on your putt. Determine the slope, the line, the distance, and get a strong feeling of how you will hit the putt.
Tiger Wood’s does a great job (though at times he can still be slow) of gathering all of this information as his playing competitors execute their shots.
Please note: This does not mean to walk around your ball AS your playing partners are actually hitting their shot. DO NOT be a distraction to their own game. Gather your shot information AS they are also gathering their information.
3. If you are a full group (4 players) and you know you are slow, give the players in the groups behind you a break and let them through IF there is nobody in front of you.
Many players don’t know the rules, especially if they are very high handicapper’s. However, it is common courtesy to let faster player’s go through onto the next hole.
4. Don’t pull an old style Sergio Garcia where it takes you 10 hours to execute 1 shot. If you have a long preshot routine, you may need reconfigure some things. Assuming you have gathered all your shot information prior to execution, actually setting up to the ball and making a swing should take no more then 15 seconds. If it takes longer then that, you are thinking about the shot WAY too much.
As I said earlier, many player’s will wait until it’s their turn to hit, begin gathering their information, viewing their shot from all angles, setting up, and then executing. If you had a stop watch on them, the total time per shot could sometimes reach 3 minutes.
In golf minutes, a single minute can act like an eternity.
Follow these 4 steps and I can promise your golf rounds will play quicker, and the groups behind you will be in a happier mood.