Re: Do you play better with better players?
Originally Posted by DBake
Let me preface this by saying that I'm a fast player. I would never do any of these things if I was the one slowing down the group. That being said, off the top of my head, I do the following:1. Never pull a club from your bag until you've stepped off your yardage.
This helps me visualize the shot. Something I do as I'm walking up to the ball if I'm carrying. I get a feel for the yardage and what club I think I should have in my hand.2. If you are not alone in the cart, ride shotgun.
This makes it much easier to walk between shots if you want...which is something I like to do if the person I'm playing with doesn't mind. That leads to:3. Walk between shots any opportunity you get.
The easiest time to do this is on approach shots. If you hit the green, grab your putter and tell them "I'll walk in from here." Some guys don't like when you do this...so ask. It feels like you have a caddy and relaxes me.4. If you don't have a solid pre-shot routine, get one.
If you have a reliable pre-shot routine, the pace of play, slow or fast, shouldn't make much of a difference. As you play in more tournaments, this becomes a must.5. Keep your between-shot thought process the same.
Often times you will get thrown off-pace because you don't have time to think between shots and try and hurry the process. Make sure you are totally committed to the shot before you take it. My biggest fault before I slowed myself down was not thinking about all the factors before I hit the golf ball. This could be lumped in with 4, but I separate the between-shot thoughts and the pre-shot routine.
Again, these are off the top of my head. I'm sure others will have some better ones or be able to expand on what I've said. I hope this helps.