I played an afternoon 12 yesterday. On the par 3 11th I hooked an 8 iron into a greenside bunker. It was a very poor shot.
When I got up to my ball, I was buried somewhat in the face. I had two options. One, go high out of the bunker to the middle of the green and try a 10 footer for par. Or hit low into a slope and try to get it close, but risk the lip.
It took me a significant amount of time to make this decision. The group on the tee behind me started to get agitated doing the "what are you doing" arms raises and whistling. I played the 12 holes in about 2 hours and 20 minutes, which is a pretty good pace. But since I took a while on this shot, they started with the grief.
I ignored them and hit a decent shot.
But its annoying dealing with those people. Don't be that guy. If I'm playing briskly and stop for a reason you can't identify, theres probably a good reason.
I just get very annoyed at posts like the OP. I will take as many practice shots as I want. I will take as long as I need to figure out how to hit out of this bunker. As long as the overall pace is fine, leave me alone.
This is why its annoying to read lists like "don't take a bunch of practice swings" or "you'll play better faster" or "hit immediately when its your turn". Its all subjective. 1. they aren't true for everyone and 2. its none of your business! SO you'd rather someone take five hours but do everything "correctly" than have a guy on his phone that takes 3 and a half?
The only thing that matters is overall pace. Period. All the little nit-picky stuff is annoying and, quite frankly, it probably hurts your game to being constantly monitoring if people in front of you are committing what are, in your own mind, speed faux pas on the course. If you are at a good pace and you slow down for a hole, you shouldn't get crap from people behind you because your mannerisms aren't what they think of as fast.