Ahead of the first Men’s medal of 2015 we thought a few ‘gentle’ reminders might be helpful. Nothing you all haven’t heard or seen before.
- Try and put your golf bag at the place where you would naturally exit the green to get to the next tee. For example, it rarely makes sense to leave your bag at the front of the green on the 3rd, 4th, 7th, 9th, 12th, 14th, 15th or 17th holes.
- When chipping around the green, carry both the club you’ll be chipping with plus your putter so you don’t have to return to the bag. Going back and forth to change your club is a huge time-waster.
- Never mark your scorecard when it’s your turn to hit.
- When waiting on the tee for the group in front to clear the fairway, don’t be so strict about order of play. Let the short hitter – who can’t reach the group ahead anyway – go ahead and hit.
- Likewise, if someone has just played from a bunker and is still away, play ahead of that person while they rake the bunker. And on occasions that demand it, assist your playing partner(s) with bunker-raking duties.
- Play “Ready Golf” as many of you already do (and which we played in last years President’s Prize). Simply put, “ready golf” means that each golfer within a group hits when ready, if it is safe to do so, and with the consent of their playing partners.
- If you are unsure whether your ball has come to rest out of bounds or may be lost, hit a provisional ball so that you won’t have to return to the spot to replay the shot.
- When it’s your turn to play try and have your glove on, your club selected and be someway ready to hit. In fact, if you do exactly the opposite to what the TV professionals do you won’t go too far wrong!
- Try and line up your putt when your playing partners are also lining up their putts.
- The R&A has some useful hint about players’ responsibilities for ensuring Fast Play. Please see link below.
And folks, let’s just show a little patience out there! We all want to enjoy ourselves. If a group falls slightly behind give them a chance to catch up. All we ask is that you do your best to keep up with the group in front.