Speed of Play

Posted on April 03, 2012

If you follow some of the tour players on twitter, you will notice many comments on speed of play. The long rounds are a big topic, especially the final rounds where play sometimes reaches 5 hours for a two-some or three-some to complete. The viewers may not notice the overall time, but the players sure do and I think the average golfer thinks it is normal to take unnecessary time to decide on a shot to play. Time is a very valuable commodity these days and one of the major reasons players decide to play at one course or another. 2 hours per nine is more than enough time to play even for the novice golfer! By paying attention to what is going on around you and being prepared to hit your shot immediately following your playing partners you can easily make the round quicker and more enjoyable for all around you.

Follow these simple ideas and you can shave time off your next round:




  • Be on the 1st tee prior to your tee time.

  • Make your shot decision while you wait for your partners to play.

  • Limit your practice swings.

  • Place your bag, push cart or riding cart on the side of the green nearest the next tee.

  • Survey the green as you walk up to help determine slope and read the green as early as possible.

  • The player first in the hole should make sure the flagstick is replaced in the cup.

  • If riding a cart, grab a club and be ready to hit your shot, don't wait for your partner to drive you 20 yards to your ball if he is away and hitting first.
  • Be considerate to others and let faster players play through.

  • These are just a few of the many things that I observe while watching players play a round of golf. I am sure you know of many more that you would like to share.