How to Pick Up the Pace of Play
Dec 19, 2013
As much as we all love a day of golf, for some, it can feel like games move at a glacial pace. The speed at which we transition from hole to hole comes hotly debated. Should we view our time on the course as a leisurely endeavor, taking time to "smell the roses," or should we speed things up a bit?
According to Ed Ekis, a PGA instructor at Golf Academy of America in Phoenix, pace preference varies widely, and we would all do well to respect how others enjoy their game.
"Those who are paid to play are going to take as much time as needed," said Ekis. "Others believe the faster you play, the sooner you can do something else." There are also new players to consider, as well as those who use the game as a teaching time.
No matter which category you might fall into, Ekis suggests we compare a golf game to driving on the interstate. No one likes slow drivers in the fast lane. He shared the following tips for respectful pace of play:
- Limit your practice swings.
- Park your cart and equipment beyond the green area on the way to the next tee.
- Play your ball as soon as it is safe to do so, rather than waiting until it is your turn.
- Add your score at the next tee, not at the green.
- Be aware of your position on the course as it relates to other golfers.
- Prepare to play your shot (pre-shot routine) while someone else is playing their ball.
In the end, we must play together and share the course. Ekis advises golfers to "encourage people and lead by example, working on the items we can have some control over." Employing these tips can make the game move more smoothly for everyone on the course.