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14 minutes ago, Bonvivant said:

The problem is that some players think that they need 2 minutes of other people staring at them while they check range, select club, stare off into space, take 4 practice swings with 10 seconds in between each one, and then finally strike the ball. I played with someone exactly like that on Sunday, and he was a very good golfer, but I wouldn't play with him again if you payed me. Anything outside of 10 ft was a 2 minute ordeal it seemed like. The worst was when he was aligning the ball on the green. Potentially 40 seconds of placing, standing up, checking line, getting back down to replace, ad nauseam. These people couldn't play a solo round with an empty course in under 3 hours. And I can't really say anything to them because the course was so slow that we are generally keeping pace, most likely because there is at least one of this type of guy in every group. I could see how a 5 ball could be played in sub 4 hours or even less, but they can't have one of these guys in it, and it seems like every group does.

The "everyone else is essentially standing around" part is what bugs me. You should have your range, club, and a few practice swings in (if you take any or many) before it is your turn to strike. That way when it is your turn, you step up to the ball, take a practice swing, and go. They shouldn't be standing around, they should be planning and preparing for their turn, not oogling someone else's set up. The only argument you could make against this is if you are riding in a cart with someone, and you don't get a chance to get to your ball at the same time because of distance from their ball. My counter argument to that would be to walk instead, or at least pull 2-4 clubs from your bag so that you can walk to your ball and set up. The other person can come pick you up after they are done, and you should be done with your shot by then.

Awhile back someone on here mentioned playing as a fivesome but as many as 3 balls could be in the air at the same time.  I like that.

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14 hours ago, Double Mocha Man said:

Ready golf does speed things up. But each golfer needs X amount of time to play 70 to 100 shots while everyone else is essentially standing around.

Why would I just be “standing around” if you’re 50 yards away from me, on the other side of the fairway?  You play your shot and I’ll play mine.  Even if we do so pretty much simultaneously.

That same concept can/should apply to any size group, too!

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8 minutes ago, David in FL said:

Why would I just be “standing around” if you’re 50 yards away from me, on the other side of the fairway?  You play your shot and I’ll play mine.  Even if we do so pretty much simultaneously.

That same concept can/should apply to any size group, too!

I agree, but I don't think that many golfers do that.

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