Originally Posted by srjorion
For me personally, I've found I almost play the same speed no matter what tee I play from. I might save ten minutes a round if I play from the whites vs. the blues or blacks, but it's being ready to hit when it's your turn (or not taking forever if playing alone) that keeps me moving. Read your putts while others are reading theirs, be ready to putt after they finish, have your club selected and ready after one of your partners hits if able, etc.
This is it right here. As laudable as playing a shorter tee would be for some players, the big issues with pace of play still revolve around the player being ready to play when it's his turn. That doesn't mean he stands there picking his nose until the previous player's ball has come to rest. By then he should already be close to addressing his own ball, if not starting his swing. All of his preparatory routine should have been done while his buddies were hitting. Four players should be able to hit their approach shots in about one minute total, not one minute each. I've played fast rounds with terrible golfers and I've played tediously slow rounds with relatively good players. The difference is in simply being ready to play and not screwing around.
Most players can just look at the 150 yard markers or glance at their GPS and know what club to pick, even if they are 5 or 10 yards from their ball. You don't have to be standing straddling your ball to get a usable estimate of the distance for the next shot. So go ahead, pull out the club, take a couple of practice swings while your buddy is getting ready to hit is shot. Even if your ball is in line with your companion's ball, you can still do this much to be ready. If they aren't in close proximity, then you can go even farther - be standing behind the ball and picking your target line while he is hitting, then all you have to do is step up and swing. You have cut the delay between his shot and yours to about 10 seconds. If the whole group does this then they can play 4 shots in about 40 seconds. If everyone in your group is a bogey golfer shooting 90 on average, they are now spending just 1 hour actually hitting shots. Travel time shouldn't exceed 3 hours for an 18 hole course, in fact it should be far less, leaving plenty of time time for brief ball searches, pit stops, etc., Now you have the formula for a 4 hour round.