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Faster Pace of Play Adds to Enjoyment of the Game of Golf

By keeping in mind a few of these tips, golfers can lower their overall pace of play, adding enjoyment for yourself, and the other players on the course.

One of the many hot topics in the world of golf has been the pace of play of the game.  Four and a half to five hour rounds have almost become the norm, which can cause a round of golf to take up most of your day.  Due to this, many courses are encouraging better pace of play awareness by encouraging players to avoid unnecessary delays while on the course. 


Faster rounds can help add to the game’s enjoyment and growth. Here are a few things that everyone should keep in mind to increase your pace of play.


“Tee It Forward”

A new campaign by the PGA and USGA, “Tee It Forward” encourages all golfers to play at tees best suited for their handicap.  By playing from appropriate teeing grounds, and shorter holes, you can increase the likelihood of using shorter irons into greens, lessening the chance of wayward shots that can come from using longer clubs.  Not only will you end up playing faster, but odds are you’ll have a lower score to show for it.


Play Ready Golf

While the rules of golf say that the order of play goes to the player who is farthest away from the hole, there is no penalty for playing out of turn.  So, if you’re out on the course and have the opportunity to play a shot and your playing partner approves, go ahead and play it. Simply by playing ready golf, you can shave minutes off of your round.


Shorten Your Pre-Shot Routine

The 60 seconds that you might take for your pre-shot routine might not seem like a lot, but consider this.  Keep in mind this should also include time around the greens.  Sure, there is a tendency to read every putt as if you’re Tiger Woods sizing up a birdie attempt, but unlike Tiger, most of us aren’t playing for million dollar purses.  If you can keep your pre-shot routine under 45 seconds and you shoot a 90, you can shave 20 minutes off of your round. 

Treat the Rules of Golf with Discretion
If you’re not playing in a tournament, another good way to get a faster pace of play is to speed up any relief you might take.  A good rule of thumb is to take no more than three minutes to look for a lost ball or take relief from a hazard. 


By keeping in mind a few of these tips, golfers can lower their overall pace of play, adding enjoyment for yourself, and the other players on the course.