Originally Posted by Dave2512
It's a distraction for me mostly because they're right behind me and now I have to play at a pace I'm not comfortable with to get out in front of them. usually because they've let the group ahead slip away. I never ask to play through but as a single it happens often. Sat. a twosome ahead actually sat in their cart and waited for me to finish a hole. They waited on me despite having blue sky in front of them, they were sitting at the 3rd tee waiting and I hadn't even played my approach to the 2nd yet.
But I was glad they asked. Both were noobs and they were just playing their 2nd shots on #4 as I passed them going the other way on #6. They knew they were going to be slow.
I just started playing last year. My normal playing partner and I are often in this boat (the slow-pokes), and we developed a pretty good sense of gauging how quickly a group behind us was playing and when would be the best time to wave them through. Sometimes it meant we sat around while they were still approaching the green we just cleared because we knew that we would still be chopping away down the hole by the time they reached our tee.
That said, we've improved enough that, if it's just the two of us, we no longer really need to let groups play through, and it's made going out so much better. Not having the pressure of feeling like you're holding someone up is great, and when we went out yesterday, we even had other people offer to let us play through (a redemptive feeling if there ever was one).
So, I don't have a ton of experience teeing off in front of another group, but I still get nervous teeing off in front of the starter. Last month, me and my buddy took a couple classmates with us. One of them was comparable to us in skill and experience, but the other was a straight-up novice. The starter was visably chuckling at him on the tee, and that wound up getting in all of our heads. I shanked my drive into trees 100 yards off the tee to the right.