Originally Posted by David in FL
By "adopts this policy", you mean playing by the rules.......?
And no, I didn't slow anyone down. I'm searching while waiting on the group ahead to finish on the green. Then, I'm hitting and rejoining my own group on the green and we're going to resume our spot right where we left off, right behind the group in front of us. Since you were right behind us in the first place, you're obviously able to keep up too and within a half hole, you'll be waiting on us, waiting on them again. No loss in net time at all.
Playing by the rules does NOT cause slow play. Slow players cause slow play. Slow players also like to look for excuses for their own slow play and tend to blame everyone/everything but themselves. BTW.....that was not directed at you, but rather a general comment based on loooooong observation.
One more time though......keep this in context, we're talking stroke play competition. If you read my first post in this thread you'll note that when the form of play allows another, better option, I'll take it.
I understood Fourputt and Iacass to write that there were ways to play this without going back to re-tee. And when you say competition, I don't remember the OP saying it was any kind of sponsored tournament or anything. I was thinking this was a typical day of golf with a given group who were playing stroke play.
With regard to the scenario, I still say you can slow down play of those behind you. Suppose there are 4hr groups ahead of you and behind you. At the point you re-tee, you create a little gap in front of you. Then within a hole, you play fast and fill it. But the group behind you is not super-fast. They are a 4hr pace group. They don't necessarily fill the gap within one hole. Then the group behind them might need even more holes to fill it. And then maybe one of them has a re-tee mishap of their own. Now there is another gap. And all of these players playing each hole at the pace the course asks of them.
I don't think it is an affront to the rules of golf to find a way to keep moving forward in these instances. Sometimes life pushes ahead and some tiny little injustices just have to be tolerated. Look what happened to the Packers with the dead ball offsetting personal fouls on Sunday. Gave the Niners 7 points when they should have had 3 or maybe none. Possibly cost them the game. Everyone knows the call was blown. And yet the pro football world moved on. And these are pro organizations in a sanctioned event - a show that costs millions of dollars to put on.
It is my opinion that recreational golfers can find a way to be courteous to those behind them in this case. If you don't want to - please don't. I would never say anything to anyone who did this. But at the same time, I'd never do it to anyone either. I'll continue to break the rules on this one.