Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
morssolis

Playing fast? New to golf, Austin TX

Recommended Posts

First, hello

I am new to golf and started playing about 6 weeks ago. I hit at the range about 5 times a week and have now played about 7 rounds in the last 2 weeks. I do not keep score but normally get a few pars, and a putt for birde (i always miss) a few times a round. So what I mean is, I can get the ball in the air and in the general direction it needs to go.

I have been playing at a local muni where I get a half off price after 4pm. Every day I go though, the course is filled. I try to play as a single, and if I do, I cant even play through because there is a group everywhere on the course. It takes 4.5 hours a round with a group or without. On a very hot day, and probably some luck, I was able to play an open course and finished in about 2-2.5 hours.

A 4.5 hours round with a random group is sometimes fun, other times not so much. Either way, it takes way too long.

I am starting graduate school at UT this coming week, and I will simply not have the time to play 2 rounds of 4.5 hour golf a week. I will have time to play 2-2.5 hour golf several times a week though.

My question is: when is the best time to play on the weekdays ( I assume less busy) and how can I play quickly as a single? If the course is filled my understanding is that there is no way to play a quick round. I also do not have a lot of spare cash to be paying premium tee times.

I am new to this sport and it is frustrating the crap out of me because of the time.

I have played enough already to know that it does not need to take a foursome 4.5 hours to play a round. This happens because people are idiots. How is sitting at the side of the green, while i am wait to tee off, the time to be counting strokes and recording scores? How do I get through a par 3 and the foursome in front of me has only hit 2 tee shots? Why does everyone need to mark their ball when its not an obstacle? Why can people on opposite sides of the fairway / hole not hit and take a practice swing at the same time? I see the golf course as just that, a place to play golf, not a social get together, not a vacation, or a leisurely stroll through the grass.

I have been placed in groups where they actually say something to me about playing "ready golf". Sorry but my time is more valuable than waiting for you to walk to your ball just to follow the proper rules. One guy would use a distance finder for every shot.

Any advice on how to play quickly is appreciated. I would love to continue playing through school.

Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sign up (or log in) today! It's free (and you won't see this ad anymore)!

Sign up (or log in) today! It's free (and you won't see this ad anymore)!

since u are a beginner, why not just pitch and putt some. I remember butler's pitch n putt behind the Wendy's on s Lamar use to be, $12 all day - that was years ago though. its w riverside and Lamar down by auditorium shores. if ur going to UT there's a bus that runs by - its the Barton creek one. plus its not a bad bike ride. I don't know how busy it is anymore but I use to play there a lot. its good for wedges and putters. I think I use to take a pw, 9, putter and a 7 for one longer hole. or u could deloft ur 9 and just take that n a putter. if u just want to quickly work on ur short game n putting, it'll do.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Early or late.  First thing in the morning.....and I mean FIRST thing.  Ask what the first tee time is and there's no one ahead of you.  Late in the evening is just as easy.  Back 2.5 hours up from sunset and go then.  Most golfers won't even think about going out that late because they can't understand that it's possible to get through 18 holes that fast.  The only issue you might run into is the after work crowd trying to get in 9 holes.......again, because they're incapable of playing 18 at a reasonable pace.

Welcome to the forum!    I don't care how many times you hit the ball, if you can get around in 2:30, you're welcome in my group any time.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

David's suggestions are great, but they are as good as it gets.  Sometimes you just have to wait.  I try to sneak some in after work some days and face the same problem.  Maybe play 9 sometimes if you can't get 18.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sucks, don't it? I run into this all the time. The only suggestion I have is to ask the pro shop what are typically the least busy times. Not all courses are the same - some are really busy early, some get crowded after work. I usually have good luck on weekday afternoons. One trick I do is tee off an hour before twilight starts - thinking that a lot of guys would just wait for the twilight rate. It's a crap shoot though - it only takes 2 slow groups in front of you to make your round take a long time.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Originally Posted by Meltdwhiskey

David's suggestions are great, but they are as good as it gets.  Sometimes you just have to wait.  I try to sneak some in after work some days and face the same problem.  Maybe play 9 sometimes if you can't get 18.

I agree with this. Also, for me it has helped to pickup a buddy that likes to play. I would venture to say 80% of my rounds are as a two-some. It helps break up the agonizingly slow pace if you have a friend there to also hit, but moreso just to chat with. If you get stuck behind a slow group, it's just going to take a while (assuming they won't let you play through.) I've found that adding one extra person really doesn't slow my round down much either if the course is fairly empty.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  



  • Want to join this community?

    We'd love to have you!

    Sign Up
  • 2017 TST Partners

    Talamore Golf Resort
    PING Golf
    FlightScope Mevo
    Mission Belt
    Snell Golf
    Frogger Golf
    PitchFix USA
  • Posts

    • It is and it isnt. For the most part Id say it isnt. At the end of the day it really is as simple as calories in and calories out BUT because that piece of cake is not particularly nutritious nor does it take very long to digest you tend to need to eat more cake to say full which tends to promote overeating. You pretty much have to decide to stay hungry for a while to compensate.  
    • When did I ever say I was talking about them using to RUN FASTER. Never. If the ball flies further guess what. The club was moving faster. THEY GOT FASTER. Yes steroids have a multitude of benefits for an athlete but for the sake of this discussion I didint think it was relevant to list every one of them. For sure they benefitted from the faster recovery aswell as the increased performance.   Dont tell me about my logic when its obvious you havent even read what Ive said. To quote myself: "Also keep in mind were not talking about going from Bubba to Arnold here. Theres a healthy middle point for optimal performance. Tour players just do not look like athletes(on average)." "Youre always going to find exceptions" You are uninformed to put it nicely. 450*10 does not happen all the time outside of powerlifting gyms. Especially not for a guy weighing 165. His estimated max is around 600-640 lb. Please dont get started on the way estimations work. The american record is like 700 for the 165. Either way he is very strong both in relative and absolute terms and its a very impressive lift. Ofcourse there comes a point where if he bulks up too much it wont help thats exactly what Ive said. At no point have is said tour players should look like bodybuilders. Infact to quote myself again: "Strength = speed potential. Speed athletes are not inherently going for size its just a byproduct of getting stronger and faster. If it was we would have meat balls like IFBB pros breaking records at everything speed related. The whole bulking up too much is pretty much a myth for natural athletes anyways."
    • Yes Daniel Im is a CP-ish player with kind of an inline downswing, he likes the way "swinging left" with his body feels. He does hit up a little with the driver. CP is not optimal for clubs over a 6 iron....typically. It's just a much easier pattern, easier way to swing and hit all the trajectories, especially with today's equipment. Hogan didn't have the left arm as far out as Mac wants it and Snead hit pull draws. Like I just said CP isn't good for the longer clubs, Mac never played a tournament going CP, he went with CF fades.  It's also a complicated pattern, lots of sequencing and movements have to be in order and most importantly you need a lot of speed to do it functionally. I could make the case Hogan had more CF pieces than CP pieces. Anyway, I agree with what @iacas has been posting. Mac's info isn't the answer to the golf swing, it's an attempt in the right direction but there is better and more functional information out there.
    • Oh, gosh, on the range tonight, I discovered that my address position was too far away from ball, and I had lowered my hands at address. I was setup for failure. Made  a few minor changes, and was hitting fairways high again. Now I can determine whether the shafts fit on some new Tour Edge woods - I fear the regular is too soft. Another winter project - shafts. I want to be done with clubs.
    • Personally, if i got better range of motion, I would not care if the muscle was actually longer . Good point though 
  • Blog Entries

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. hockeyref18
      hockeyref18
      (18 years old)
    2. Mike86
      Mike86
      (31 years old)
  • Get Great Gear with Amazon

×

Important Information

Welcome to TST! Signing up is free, and you'll see fewer ads and can talk with fellow golf enthusiasts! By using TST, you agree to our Terms of Use, our Privacy Policy, and our Guidelines.