For many golfers, their biggest pet peeve is the length of time it takes to play a round. But there are a few simple things we can do to pick up the pace of play without feeling rushed:
* Give yourself enough time to arrive at the course before your tee time so you can arrange your equipment and food and get in some practice. Disorganized latecomers are a big cause of delays on the course, especially on busy days.
* When driving a cart, drop off the other player at his ball. While your partner is hitting you can prepare to hit your shot. Then, while you hit, your partner can return to the cart. This is a smart, simple timesaver that many people overlook.
* Play ready golf. If you are ready to play your shot, go ahead and play. Don’t wait for others to tell you or wait while they are deciding what to do. You will be amazed to see it takes only about 30 seconds from the time you choose your club to the time you finish your shot.
* Read your putt while others are putting. This way, you are ready to putt when it’s your turn. There’s no need for you to wait until others finish before you figure out how your putt will break.
* Rather that write your score down on the putting green, write it down on the next tee. Recording it on the putting green only delays the game for groups behind you.
* Turn off your phone and focus on your golf game. Unless it’s an emergency call, talking on the phone disturbs other players and distracts you from doing better at your game.