Ready Golf–Bowling Green Style
What do we mean by Ready Golf?
Ready Golf . . .
. . .means that the player with the honors or is farthest from the hole should be ready to hit first. If the player with the honors isn’t ready, then someone else who is ready should hit first. Safety first; be aware of the location of other players at all times.
. .. .means that all golfers should go to their balls as soon as possible and get ready to play their shots. Hint: Walk down the sides of the fairway to reach your ball. You can usually get close to your ball and get ready to play the shot, while players behind you can still make their shots.
. . .includes thinking ahead so you are ready to play when it is your turn
. . .means players should analyze their shot, select their club, and be at your ball ready to step up and make the shot when it is their turn. That’s Ready Golf!
. . .means be ready to step right into your pre-shot routine as soon as the other player hits.
. . .means continuous putting — if your ball or stance is not in someone else’s line, you should choose to finish putting out. This is faster than marking the ball and waiting for another player get ready to putt.
. . .means if your foursome has one or two players walking and one or two players using carts, the players with the carts should hit first if they reach their ball first (or tee box).
Ready Golf does not mean rushing. If you prepare in advance, you can take your time when hitting your shots and still play quickly.
Riding in a Cart?
Drop your partner off at their ball–take several clubs– then ride ahead to yours. Switch drivers if necessary. There are times when the passenger should drop off the driver and proceed to their shot.
Carts on the path? Take several clubs when you walk to the ball so that you don’t have to walk back to the cart. Switch drivers if necessary.
Park the cart or leave your bag off the green on the side closest to the next tee.
When putting, leave the clubs you used for chipping on the ground by the flagstick or in line with the next tee.
Mark your scorecard after leaving the green.
Talk while you walk.
Follow these simple guidelines and always be thinking about how you can play a little faster each hole and everyone will enjoy their golf more!
“Your place on the golf course is immediately behind the group in front of you, not immediately in front of the group behind you.”
Exceptions to “furthest from Hole”
- When someone hits a shot, but is still farthest from the hole, the other players in the group should proceed until the original player is ready. Here is an example: If a player in a bunker “skulls” the shot across the green– the other players should not wait for that player to walk around the green to play the next shot. Play should continue until the original player is ready to make the next shot.
- When a player is on the collar but is closer to the hole then another player on the green, the player on the collar can play. The flagstick can then be removed one time for everyone on the green.
- When a player is punching out of ‘the woods’ and is not going for the green, they can play their shot even if their playing partner is further away from the green.
- As you walk or ride up to the next shot, start assessing the situation and getting a feel for the shot, the wind, and the yardage. You’ll spend less time analyzing the shot when you get to the ball.
- As you ride or walk up to the green, you can often learn more about the next shot from in front of the green than on the green. Look for tell-tale slopes, mounds, and swales that will affect the break. Look for where the water will roll off. Often, the best read is the first read. Go with your gut
Develop a Pre-Shot Routine
If you don’t already have one, work on developing a consistent pre-shot routine. Not only does it help speed up play, but it will clear your mind, and help you stay focused.
Focus on the Pace of Play:
Assume a group of four, each player shoots 100, plays in 4 hrs 30 min
By focusing on ‘Pace of play’ can you save 2 or 3 seconds per shot?
2 seconds: 4 players * 100 shots = 400 shots
400 shots * 2 seconds = 800 seconds
800 seconds = 13.33 minutes saved
3 seconds saved per shot equals 20 minutes off the round!