Background: Pace of play has become a hot topic around the country and as a leader in the field of group play and pace, IGS is obligated to list the particulars that have become a factor among our outings to speed the pace of play.
Pace of Play Strategies & Hints
* New golfers or high handicap players should use the forward tees.
* Minimize practice swings & excess waggles.
* Addressing the ball to contact should be ~12 seconds according to the PGA’s 1999 study among all handicap levels.
* Two (2) is the ideal number of practice swings conducted by research from the PGA in 1993, 97, and 2007
* From the time you select your club until you actually hit your shot, you should take no more than 15 to 35 seconds. The PGA found a correlation between additional time and higher scores among all amateur players despite objections from players, they were found to have lower scores when less time was spent in addressing the ball. (PGA elapsed time study, 1998).
* Please avoid the use of mobile telephones on the course, consider others and switch ring tones off.
* You should not talk, stand close or otherwise distract fellow players while they are taking their shots.
* Put a ball mark repair tool, two ball makers and tees into your pocket at the first tee.
* Take the divot bottle that is on the cart, to your next shot so that you do not have to go back for it after the shot.
* Carry a spare ball in your pocket so that you do not have to go back to your bag when you need to hit a provisional ball.
* Take more than one club to your next shot.
* If you are the cart driver, drop off your passenger at their ball before proceeding to your own ball.
* If you are the passenger, take more than one club to your shot and proceed down the fairway after your shot. Do not wait for the driver to pick you up.
* When in doubt hit a provisional ball. Eliminate the need to go back to where you hit your last shot.
* If not in a tournament, play balls that are out of bounds, lost etc. under the lateral water hazard rule.
* Limit your search for a lost ball to three minutes. Group efforts and reasonable search efforts are in
* If your next shot is with your pitching wedge or sand wedge, automatically take your putter with you.
* Leave golf bags at a point beside the green that is en route to the next tee.
* Park golf carts to the side or behind the green so that when you finish putting you will be moving away from the field of play and towards the next tee.
* Study your line of putt while others are putting. The PGA considers this very important in an effort to eliminate slow play. A cited example given was players standing and watching fellow players while they could have been addressing their own putts on the opposite side of the hole.
* Continue putting until your ball is holed. Anything within reason should be putted without interruption and marking in any group setting was the PGA’s 1987 pace of play report finding.
* If you are the first in the cup, pick up the flagstick so that you can replace it after the last person has putted out.
* Mark scorecards on the next tee box, not on or next to the putting green.
* Drive immediately to the next tee box and mark the card there.
* Always keep up with the group ahead of you.
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