Golf Basics – Quick Golf Tips for a quicker round

Peter and Peter

Quick Golf Tips for a Quicker Golf Round

Peter and Peter

They say "A quick game is a good game." So here are some Quick Golf Tips to help you speed up your round and have more fun.

Watch EVERYONE'S ball until it stops

After every shot, keep an eye on the ball until it comes to rest. And do the same for each of your playing partners' shots. If the ball has wandered into the rough or bushes, note a reference point near it – a tree, stake, hill, etc. If there is the slightest chance that it could be lost, play a provisional. Resist the urge to say “Nah, we’ll probably find it.”

When it’s lost, it’s lost

The rules of golf allow three minutes to search for a lost ball. Thus, when your three minutes are up, they're up. The ball is deemed lost, so move on. Either take a "wipe" for the hole (if playing Stableford or Par), or go to your provisional.

Always think ahead

As you approach the green, determine where the next tee is, and then park your cart/buggy/bag between the hole and the next tee. That way, when you are done with the hole, you can clear the green quickly.  After your group is done on the green, move quickly to the next tee (and mark the scorecard later).

Be Ready

While riding or walking to your ball, get prepared for your shot in advance.

For example:

  • Check the wind or get a yardage estimate as you walk to your ball.
  • Do your pre-shot routine while your playing partner hits their shot.
  • Read the green's break as you approach the green.
  • Whenever you have the opportunity, play “ready golf”.

Essentially, don't wait until your partner has played before you get ready. When it is your turn, be ready to go.

Go directly to your ball

Each member of your group should go directly to their ball. Avoid travelling from one ball to the other (unless helping to search for a lost ball.) When sharing a cart, drop off one player and then proceed to your own ball before they take their shot.

Bring Multiple Clubs

If you need to leave your buggy/cart away from where your ball is positioned, take a couple of clubs with you. This will save you from having to go back and forth.

Watch the groups around you

If the group in front of you is more than one shot ahead (i.e. if they are on the green of a par-4 before you even tee off) you need to speed it up.

  • The low marker of each group is responsible for reminding the group to speed up.
  • When you are out of a hole (i.e. in Stableford and have taken a wipe so you cannot score), then pick up your ball and move on.
  • The first person to finish putting can quickly move ahead to the next tee and tee off. Don't wait for all players to finish the hole.

Conversely, if there is no one ahead of you, but the group behind is constantly waiting for you to hit, either let them play through, or pick up the pace.

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Video Fun: Don't be like Peter!

Not all hazards are found on the golf course itself. Some come from the players!

We all know (or play with) someone who has an exceptionally long pre-shot routine, like "Peter", in the video below.

So, the next time you play, don't be like Peter.

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