One of the biggest complaints made by golfers and one of the tallest hurdles to bring new golfers to the game, is the amount of time needed to complete an 18 hole round of golf. There is no reason for a foursome not to complete a round of golf in 4 hours or less, but it seems there’s at least one player in every group that can not seem to play in a timely manner. The following article includes 10 ways to get everyone in your group going:

  • Play ready golf:  If you are ready go ahead and hit it. Golf etiquette says the player furthest from the hole should play first or the player with the lowest score should tee off before anyone else.  Many times that player may not be ready to hit, so if you are ready, go ahead and fire away.
  • Riding in a cart:  Don’t sit in the cart watching your partner hit. Either take the cart to your ball or start preparing yourself for your next shot by determining the wind, putting your glove on, getting an idea of your distance and choose a club.
  • On cart path only days:  When unsure of what club you may need take 3, the club you think you need, one club more and one club less.  IE:  If you think that you should have about an 8 iron bring your 7 and 9 irons as well.
  • Your playing partner is in the woods?  If you are not waiting on the group in front of you, play your shot before going to help find your partner’s ball.
  • Leave your cell phone in the car:  There’s nothing worse than waiting on someone because they are on their phone.
  • Be sure to have either a GPS or a range finder:  The days of stepping off yardages are gone!
  • Limit your time at the turn:  The halfway point during your round of golf is not the time to sit back and relax before finishing your round. It’s a good time to make a quick bathroom stop or grab something to eat that you can bring back with you onto the course.
  • Play from the proper set of tees for your skill level:  Swallow your pride and move forward a tee box or two. Hitting wedges into greens instead of hybrids and fairway woods will speed up your round as well as lower your scores.
  • Record your scores on the next tee box not at the green:  By moving to the next tee box it allows the group behind to hit into the green and not have to wait on you figuring out how many shots you took on the hole.
  • Waiting?  If you are waiting on others to take their shot, practice your swing.  Don’t waste time when it’s your turn by taking several shots.  Practice makes perfect!