Tips for Speeding up Slow Play

When two players are riding in a cart, drive the cart to the first ball and drop off the first player with his or her choice of clubs. The second player should proceed in the cart to his ball while also staying out of the line of flight of the first player’s next shot. After the first player hits his stroke, he should begin walking toward the cart as the second golfer is playing.

Use the time you spend getting to your ball to think about the next shot.

If you are unsure whether your ball has come to rest out of bounds, or may be lost, immediately hit a provisional ball. Otherwise simply drop a new ball somewhere around the area where your ball was lost, add 2 strokes (stroke and distance) and keep playing.

Don’t use mulligans.

Begin reading the green and lining up putts as soon as you reach the green.

Never delay making a stroke because you're having a conversation with a playing partner. Put the conversation on hold; make your stroke, then pick up the conversation again.

If using a cart on a cart-path-only day, take more than one club with you when you walk from the cart to your ball.

After putting out, don't stand around the green chatting or take any practice putting strokes. Leave the green quickly so the group behind can play.

Never park the cart in front of the green. Park it only to the side or behind the green. Mark your scorecard after reaching the next tee, not while lingering near the just-completed green.

Don't ask your playing partners to help you search for a lost ball. Your partners should continue moving forward, not slow things down further by stopping to help your search.

On the tee, pay attention to your partners' drives. If they lose sight of their ball, you can help direct them to it and avoid unnecessary searching.

When waiting on the tee for the group in front to clear the fairway, play ready golf. Let the short hitter(s) - who can't reach the group ahead anyway - go ahead and hit. In fact, play “reasonable ready golf” whenever possible without getting too far ahead of your partners.

Limit practice strokes to one or two at the most.

Don't bother marking putts - go ahead and putt out if it's short enough.

Leave your cell phone in the car.

Walk at a good pace between shots.

Carry extra tees, ball markers, and an extra ball in your pockets so you never have to return to your bag to find one when needed.

When chipping around the green, carry both the club you'll be chipping with and your putter so you don't have to return to the bag

The bottom line is, as soon as it's your turn to play, you should be ready to step up and make the stroke.

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