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  1. So a quick question. I was out with a foursome today, and we were definitely not playing "ready golf". Two members made remarks when others went out of turn, albeit "busting chops". I personally waited for each golfer in order, as I find it's rather disrespectful unless you are actually playing ready golf. So on the 7th hole, I hit a couple of errant shots causing me not to reach the green until my 5th shot. Upon reaching the green, the other three golfers were putting to hole out. Is it just me? But if you're going to complain when someone else goes out of order.. is it really kosher to be holing out before the last player even reaches the green?
  2. By "implemented", what does that mean? If your partner is looking for his tee shot and you're ahead and ready to play, and you don't and wait, its that a penalty? http://www.scotsman.com/sport/golf/ready-golf-to-be-used-by-r-a-in-the-amateur-championship-1-4372965
  3. Slow play etiquette

    I have only started playing this year but forked out for membership at a local course, I just did my first ever 18 holes there with two guests (all of us high handicaps), it is a fantastic course, but signage is poor and confusing and I didn't have a clue how to play each hole, so our scores were everywhere and we were stumbling between holes a little getting lost. The problem came around the 10th hole when a fella approached my group and told us in a very angry tone to speed up play, I said he was welcome to play through, but he wasn't interested (and was borderline aggressive!). The key issue we have is that as a group we often have to hit a provisional ball, so it is not uncommon for all three of us to need two off the tee, which granted can slow things down, but we are playing by the rules. I would hate to annoy other players, but do feel that having paid hundreds on membership and my guests paying steep green fees we have a right to pay by the rules without someone approaching us making us feel unwelcome and rather silly, that being said I would hate to think that I am breaking some sort of etiquette! We let a two ball through on 7, and watched then literally sprinting down the fairway because they were feeling under pressure, madness! What would be the advice? Should skip hitting two and take a drop further up to speed us up off the tee? That feels like we would be cheating - but is that the right thing to do? Or as high handicaps should we book later tee times? In the end we skipped a hole to create room - leaving me feeling a little cheated and my guests feeling like they did not get their moneys worth...
  4. 25 Ways to Speed up Play

    From Golf Digest (here), let's take a quick look at these… I'll bold their notes, and add mine below. 1) Play like you have only three hours to finish the round before the sun sets. Okay, so, "play faster." We're hardly off to a rousing start. 2) Ditch your headcovers. Taking them on and off all day is a serious time suck. Or, better yet, just put them on while driving from the tee to the fairway, or when other players are hitting their tee shots. 3) Play it forward at least one tee box. Well, okay, but that won't necessarily speed play a bunch. Two tee boxes, now we're talking. 4) Check the time when you tee off and check again every three holes. For some reason, it helps make you play faster. Good one. 5) Mixed foursome? Forward-tee players should ride with other forward-tee players. Back tees with back tees. If they don't want to, that's not going to happen much. If it's a pair of couples, then the wives may ride together, or they may want to ride with their husbands. But they could still take one cart to the forward tee and be ready to tee off right away, then just get back into "their" cart when the husbands drive forward. 6) Agreeing to play "ready golf" is essential for a casual round. But you'll play even faster if you keep putting until your ball is conceded or holed. Not if you have to re-read your putt. If you have a tap-in, though, tap in. 7) Only mark a short putt to clean it. Or just tap it in. You often have to mark short but not tap-in putts because they're in someone else's way. 8) Don't wait for dawdlers. They'll start playing faster as a result. What's that mean exactly? Just put the flag in and move to the next tee while they're still lining up their putt? 9) First golfer on a par 3 gets the yardage and announces it to everyone. Yeah, that's fine. 10) First to hit on a par 3 stands at the ready to fill divot holes. I almost never see players filling in divots with sand mix on most courses. 11) Glean as much knowledge as you can about your next shot while approaching it. Boy Scout motto: Be Prepared. 12) Approximate yardages instead of walking them off. Buy a laser. 13) Waiting? Take as many practice swings/strokes as you want. Your turn? You get one. That's fine. 14) Always be moving forward. If you have to double back for anything—bag, cart, clubs—you're losing time. If your shot goes backward, well, you're out of luck. You lose the hole. Forward only! 15) Hit your ball first, then help others search. They'll typically find the ball without your help. That doesn't always work out for the best. 16) Always have a spare ball handy. Cheater. 17) Two players in the same bunker? The last one to hit rakes. The first one to escape marks and reads the putt during the raking. Just do what's most efficient. The problem with these hard and fast rules is that there are countless ways it can be done better in different circumstances. Maybe a third player could rake. Maybe the first player hit a good shot and won't have to putt for awhile and could rake. 18) Unless the cart is going to or from a tee box, there should never be more than one person in it. See my answer to #17: there are plenty of times this makes no sense. Players hit from near each other and both are near the green… but one has to walk, why? As for the general idea, yes, more players should walk even when they have a cart. You should only be in a cart maybe 2/3 of the time or so. 19) A little radical for some, but leaving the flagstick in the hole saves a lot of time. A little radical? Against the rules. Done properly this can't save much time at all… if the first person to putt out gets the flagstick, it takes an extra second a hole, maybe? 20) Refuse to leave the flagstick in? First to putt out grabs the flagstick and waits to put it back. Always. Thank you. 21) Have an exit strategy. Know where the next tee box is and be prepared to make a direct exit toward that box as soon as the hole is finished. I've found that people who walk a lot growing up - particularly kids - tend to learn this kind of thing all on their own. They will leave a bag between the fairway of the two holes and take their driver, wedge, and a putter to the green of the hole they're on. 22) Jokes and stories are best told after teeing off, not before. Otherwise you're interrupting another player's preparation. But how are you supposed to tell a joke when you're the only one in the cart? 23) Beverage cart approaching? Wave it over to where your ball is located, if possible. Play your shot, and then order. And keep the conversation brief. They tend to stay on the cart paths. They should have said "nominate one person to get the drinks for all." 24) Playing on the tail of the people in front of you will subconsciously push them to play faster, even if they try not to. And if you get too close to them, a fight might break out. 25) Nothing else working? In the age of smartphones and social media, it's easy to document slow play. Single out the slow players on Snapchat, Instagram, et al. If it does nothing else, it will serve as cheap therapy. Yes, because nothing screams retribution like a small video with unidentifiable people playing golf in a series of videos or photos on your Instagram or Twitter account that your wife and 14 other people follow. All told, weak sauce. A few good ones, but they also left out some others. Like… 1. WALK FASTER. 2. Drop your friend off at his cart and go to your ball. 3. Take a few clubs. Including a few wedges near the green. 4. Bring your partner his putter if you've parked near the green and he doesn't have it. 5. Play provisionals when appropriate.
  5. Your Honor, Your Honor

    In league play last night I had a new one to me. The first hole our opponent 'won' the tee flip and hit first. I make a birdie putt for a Gross and Net 2. One of my opponents makes a Gross 3, Net 2. They felt we should hit first on the next hole because I had the lower score but we felt they should hit first because the hole was a push and they therefore kept their honors. It was quite an advantage to hit second on that particular hole. So which team should hit first in that situation? I didn't throw this in the Rules of Golf section because I am not sure if there is such a rule or if it is more of a unwritten rules thing.
  6. I play with some guys that are usually one stroke ahead of me. Sometimes I'll be waiting to pitch on to the green but they are already putting. So then it seems like the whole thing slows down because I can't hit until they put or move aside. Almost like it divides the group into two groups of 2. Is what they are doing permitted under any kind of ready golf etiquette?
  7. Let me start by saying I do not keep a handicap but I am considering doing so next year. My friends and I play ready golf. By ready golf I mean whoever is ready to hit their ball first does so with no regard to who is farthest from the hole or who has honors. Am I right that this is against the rules and I will need to change if I am keeping an official handicap?
  8. Honors or Ready to hit GO?

    Do you guys play honors where if they had the lowest score on the previous hole you let them hit 1st? or If your ready to hit, you just run up to the tee and hit and keep things moving and keep pace? how about in the fairways? further away or whoever is ready to hit just hit?
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