TIPS TO SPEED UP PLAY
The ideas that follow can best be interpreted as ways you
can be more efficient in your golf. While
the ball may go awry from time to time and require looking
for it, there are some things that can and should be done
to reduce the time required for a round. Please help out!
Ready Golf: A good discussion of what is meant by
"Ready Golf" has been posted to this site. Click here to read through
the document and acquaint yourself with the
principles. Many of the ideas below are based on
practicing Ready Golf.
- Play ready golf; it is not required to
use honors as the basis for the order of hitting,
- Club covers: Leave them off or if they are
important to you, hold on to your club and drive to
your partner's ball before putting the cover on your
- If balls are on opposite sides of the fairway and
about the same distance away from the green, it is
okay to hit the balls at the same time.
- Take practice swings while waiting. When it's
your turn on the tee or in the fairway, limit practice
swings to a maximum of one.
- Two players in the same bunker -- the first one
to get out gets the rake and smooths the sand.
- Putting: The first one to putt out grabs the
flagstick and waits to put it back in. Also, begin
lining up your putt as soon as you reach the green so
when it's your turn you can step right up and putt.
- If falling behind, the first 2 players to finish
the hold leave and drive to the next hole.
- Dave Pelz Rule: Always replace one club with
another. For example, keep the putter in your hand
while driving to the next tee, and then replace it
with the driver. Keep the driver in your hand until
you pull out your approach club and so on.
- Always park your cart on the side or back of the
green, never in front of the green.
- Carry an extra ball, a ball marker and tees in
your pocket so you never have to return to your bag to
find one when it is needed.
- Mark your scorecard after reaching the next tee.
- On a cart path only hole, take more than one club
with you when you walk to the ball from your cart.
- Drive your cart to the first ball, drop off the
first player with his/her club, and then drive to your
ball. After the first player hits, he/she should befin
walking towards the cart as the second player is
hitting his/her ball.
- Beverage cart approaching? Play your shot first
and then order your food or drink.
- You should concentrate on the people in front of
you, not on the people behind you. If
something has delayed you, let the group behind play
through and then stay up with them.
Etiquette does not reflect one’s score but rather how others
perceive you on the course and eventually, how willing
others will be to play with you. It boils down to respecting
the golfers you’re playing with and those who are playing
ahead or behind you. Be on your best behavior on the course
and strive not to upset or offend your fellow golfers.
- Be considerate of other players by not moving, talking
or making unnecessary noise when someone is about to
swing or putt.
- Do not stand directly behind the ball, directly behind
the hole, or on a player’s line, when a player is about
to swing or putt.
- Don’t walk on another player’s line on the green.
- Lay the flag down where it will not be in a player’s
line of putt.
- If you use a suction cup or other pick up device on
your putter, or if your putter head fits inside the
hole, be careful not to damage the cup edges when
retrieving your ball.
- Replace divots and add sand if needed, or fill the
divot with sand mix – but don’t build a sand castle –
just make sure the sand is level with the surrounding
- Rake traps and knock sand off your shoes; replace the
rake properly when leaving the bunker.
- Fix all ball marks on the green.