Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Keep Up The Pace

Our director of instructor, Rob Myers is here today to educate us all on the best way to keep up the pace of play. 

Take it away Rob...

"As the weather continues to improve and more and more 

people begin flocking to area golf courses it is important that 

everybody understands the importance of pace of play.  Pace of play is something that is becoming a large area of concern for many golfers and golf courses as the popularity of the game increases.  Tonight, I am going to discuss a few small things that you can do to ensure that you are not contributing to a slow pace of play.  Hitting provisionals for lost balls, preparing for your shot while somebody else is playing their shot, and playing ready golf are just a few ways that you can help to keep a faster pace of play. 

1.  Hitting Provisional Shots

A provisional is an additional shot that is played when one is not certain where their first ball has come to rest.  This is a quick and easy way to help speed up your pace of play.  Next time you are out on the golf course, and you or one of your playing partners hits an errant shot that you are not able to see come to a complete stop, hit a provisional.  If you are unable to find your original shot than you can play your provisional ball which will save you the time of having to go back and replay the shot or to continue searching until you find the first ball. 

2.  Preparing For Your Shot Early

I often times see people on the golf course who wait until it is their turn to play before determining their distance from the hole, the type of shot they will play, or starting their pre-shot routine.  All of this can and should be done as soon as you reach your golf ball. 

3.  Playing ready golf

Playing "ready golf" is really just a fancy golf term for playing out of turn or hitting your shot as soon as you are ready.  Obviously during tournament play it is very important to maintain the appropriate order of play, but when playing recreationally it is far more important to keep a comfortable pace than play in the proper order. 

These are just a few simple things that can help to improve pace of play making the game much more enjoyable for others as well as yourself.  It doesn't take much effort to implement some of these things into your game, but it can make a monumental difference to the pace on the golf course if everybody is practicing these pace of play tips.  As always, let me know if you have any questions!  Make it a great week!"

If you are looking to improve your golf game Rob is available for lessons at SilverHorn and offers discounted rates for members of SilverHorn (our lowest memberships start at $10 a month!). E-mail Rob at rmyers@centurygolf.com to schedule a lesson or to simply ask Rob a question.

Also visit Rob online at Rob's website: www.riimgolf.com

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