Originally Posted by jakepalm
As OP said,
Originally Posted by The Recreational Golfer
I suggested we pick up our pace
Picking up the pace basically means to speed up..and speeding up means to rush. When you speed up in golf, your play gets affected.
Not necessarily. All it has to mean is that the group uses some sense. If they are playing behind the recommended pace, then they are doing something wrong. I don't care if anyone is pressing from behind. They need to use that opportunity to try out some good pace processes at a time when they aren't stressed by being pushed.
If riding, practice good cart etiquette by not sitting in the cart and waiting on each shot. Unless you are disabled, get off your butt and walk over to your ball with a couple of clubs that should include the right one for the shot - take your GPS or laser along and get the distance for the shot while your cart buddy or others are playing their shots. You should at that point be ready to play promptly, yet with no rushing.
If you are walking, walk directly to your ball. If one of your buddies is near the same line, then by all means, walk together most of the way. Then after playing, you can join back up along the walk toward the green. Don't do what I see so often - two or three or all four walking together like they are window-shopping at the mall, then they stand and watch after they get to the first ball until that guy hits, then they all walk to the next ball, or finally split up to opposite sides of the hole to start trying to find the balls in the 2" rough that they should have been looking for during last 2 minutes of standing around.
In either case, just get to your ball in a timely manner, and start getting ready for your shot as soon as possible. Play every round with the intent of playing ready golf. If you can't do it because of the relative positions of the balls, then that's fine, but don't use that as an excuse on every hole. When your turn is approaching, just be ready to play as promptly as possible. If your routine has wasted time in it, then you need to consider making some changes.
Playing at a good pace doesn't necessarily mean playing fast, it just means playing smart.