Of course, no one likes slow play. And we've all played with guys who spend way too much time sizing up a shot, checking wind, lie, making practice swings, checking the wind again, walking back behind the ball to line up...only to hit it 30 yards--then start the entire exercise all over again.
I try to take my time with each shot, giving myself a chance to make a good one, but without being excessive or slow.
The only place I really like to take my time, and feel rushed occasionally, is on the greens. I mark my ball, clean it, fix my ball mark, read the putt from behind, maybe from the side, replace my ball with the alignment stamp lined up on my intended start line, and take a few practice strokes behind the ball. For every putt over 10 feet I also pace off the putt.
Most of this I can accomplish while waiting for others to chip, putt, etc. The only time folks are waiting on me is when I'm the last to reach the green and first to putt, which only happens a few times a round. And, overall, I'm not really slowing folks up--except for that extra 45 seconds I spend right before I stroke my putt.
My question is this: how much is too much? Do I get a pass if I shoot 75, or if I take my time lining up that 40-footer and then roll it to within a foot of the hole? Do I get credit for the fact that I'm a good putter (most days)?
I'm interested in feedback on this issue, because sometimes I feel rushed on the greens, and sometimes I feel self conscious about the fact that I might be taking my time on a putt when others in the group just line up and whack it most of the time. I feel like overall, even taking my time, I'm taking far less time to hit my one putt (and then a tap-in) than others are taking to hit two or three.