Hopefully you’ll get at least one round in this holiday weekend, but know going in that you won’t be alone. Hundreds of thousands of golfers will crowd the tee boxes and practice greens, and many will be the type that doesn’t play very often or know proper etiquette. So fight slow play by brushing up on your “ready golf” rules and make sure everyone in your foursome follows suit!
- Play from the proper tees – Don’t feel like your forced to match your mates’ and tee off from the tips. If your game is rusty or you just can’t keep up, there’s no shame in saving seconds and strokes by moving up.
- Don’t stick together – Each golfer should head straight for their own ball. Nothing gets this Caveman’s goat more than watching the group ahead of me move like a cluster from ball to ball! It’s easier to stay separated if you’re walking, but not impossible in a cart. Just drive the cart to the first ball and drop off the first player with his choice of clubs. The second player should proceed in the cart to his ball. After the first player hits his stroke, he should begin walking toward the cart as the second golfer is playing.
- Think ahead – You should start thinking about your next shot before you’re standing over the ball. As you’re walking or riding up to it, begin estimating distances and know what club you’re likely to hit. Once you’re there you can look at the lie and other factors to make minor adjustments.
- Leave the lost balls – No one likes losing a golf ball, but PLEASE keep your search & rescue operations as streamlined as possible! If you can, hit a second ball for back up or agree to allow for drops in the area near where your ball was lost. See if you can find it, sure, but don’t delay a full five minutes for every missing Maxfli.
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