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    Since the talk of the game now is slow pace and its negative affect on golf it got me thinking about all the times on the course I have been more frustrated by playing partners not being ready and not necessarily slow pace. While I think a lack of "Ready Golf" can lead to slow pace and is a major cause of it, whats your take on it? Is ready golf the best way to speed up pace? Should it be used on tour?
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    It means hit the ball when you're ready.

    As long as you are not in the line of site of another player, then when you are ready pull the trigger.

    Be at your ball, with your club(s), and ready to go.

    The only time turn plays a big role for me and the way I teach my athletes is on the tee, and the greens.
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    • #3
      Walkers should walk directly to their ball (not wait and watch others play shots).
      Riders should get out of the cart and walk directly to their ball (not wait and watch others play their shots).
      Tour players don't stand around watching others play shots. They go directly to their ball. If the away player is taking extra time (due to a Ruling or out of position ball) it is common for the other Tour players in the group to go ahead and play out of turn.
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      • #4
        When you are ready, as long as it won't slow down other players in your group, hit the ball. If you are in a cart and are going to be waiting to hit, drop off 1 player at his ball with what he needs to hit, then take the cart to the other players ball so both can be ready to hit when the landing area clears.

        If you are waiting on a group in front of you, have the shortest hitter of the group go first. If you are walking either back to your cart or to the next tee, leave bag/clubs/headcovers/towels/etc in line in the direction you are going, not on the front of the green. Talk while you proceed to the next shot, not when you should be hitting.

        over the course of 18 holes, if you can shave 1 minute on each hole then that would be 18 minutes..... if you went from playing a 5 hour round to a 4:42 round... not ideal but a huge improvement.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Jman View Post
          It means hit the ball when you're ready.

          As long as you are not in the line of site of another player, then when you are ready pull the trigger.

          Be at your ball, with your club(s), and ready to go.

          The only time turn plays a big role for me and the way I teach my athletes is on the tee, and the greens.
          tee box for sure, but couldnt you argue that the most wasted time on a hole is on the greens? Unless your speaking to staying off someones line or causing a distraction while someone is putting then i would agree. Just too many rounds with buddies who wait for the camera to get to them before they start their routine
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          • #6
            We play ready golf on the tee box unless someone has a birdie or better. If you are out of cart and ready to hit then go ahead. Not going to hurt my feelings. Down the fairway, then park between balls if you can or drop one guy off and go to the next ball and get ready. That only works if you are not in line with the guys shot.
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            • #7
              Any time you're not walking to your ball, hitting a shot or watching someone else hit a shot then you're not playing ready golf.

              Ready golf is playing your next shot any time you are at the ball and you won't interfere with or endanger anyone by hitting now.

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              • #8
                I think ready golf should be used more often, especially if you have a group behind you waiting each shot and you have no one to wait for in front. I notice this more around the greens, when someone else is chipping or out of a bunker and everyone else is waiting for them because they are furthest away. I really don't care who's away, if you are ready go just putt. Now for tournaments and even the PGA or anything more formal, rules should be respected, but also if you have to wait 2 mins for your partner to get ready for their shot, no reason you should atleast try to figure out your club or shot and be ready to go when it's your turn. For a casual round to me is ok if people hit out of turn.

                I have had times I chip it over the green and the other 3 are on, I don't want to feel rushed to run over quickly take a stroke and chunk the next chip, then be furthest away and have to read the putt. Y'all go and when you are done I will be ready to do my thing. I think situations like that can save a minute or even two on a hole. Also the golfer that stick their approach shot a foot or two away can just putt out or take a gimme while the rest of us read our putts, no need to wait around for everyone before making their shot. They can hold the flag.
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                • #9
                  Being ready when its your turn is huge. On the greens I think reading a putt while others are taking their turn is an easy way to speed up things. If I need to walk around a putt I'm doing it as I approach the green or while others are doing their thing. I am also ok with putting a long putt while waiting for someone who isn't on the green yet to help speed things up. I'll even get out of the cart and walk to my ball with my range finder and a couple clubs in some instances to help keep things moving.
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                  • #10
                    Pretty much what others have said, being ready when it's your turn. Get to your ball, do your routine, and hit the shot 1. when it is safe 2. when you aren't a distraction to others 3. in a timely manner. It also means setting yourself up for success: ie set your bag/park your cart between the green and the next tee box. Set any extra clubs that you brought to the green between you and your bag so you don't have to go out of your way when exiting.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PhillyV View Post
                      Since the talk of the game now is slow pace and its negative affect on golf it got me thinking about all the times on the course I have been more frustrated by playing partners not being ready and not necessarily slow pace. While I think a lack of "Ready Golf" can lead to slow pace and is a major cause of it, whats your take on it? Is ready golf the best way to speed up pace? Should it be used on tour?
                      I think the tour could adopt ready golf from the tee into or around the green. If players would be at their ball and hit if not in anyone's way or line of sight I dont see an issue.

                      Personally for me you can take it hole by hole and see who is out of position. If I know where my ball is I will hit it and then go help find a ball, or get my shot out of the way so by the time the person who is out of position is ready, my shot is one less thing to worry about.

                      I think overall ready golf needs to be encouraged more.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Jman View Post
                        It means hit the ball when you're ready.

                        As long as you are not in the line of site of another player, then when you are ready pull the trigger.

                        Be at your ball, with your club(s), and ready to go.

                        The only time turn plays a big role for me and the way I teach my athletes is on the tee, and the greens.
                        This about sums it up for me. Heck my normal group usually plays ready golf everywhere, as we're not always all walking to the green at the exact same moment. We stay courteous of course, but we hit asap and try to keep it moving. Only ceremonies on the tee box are for birdies or eagle, and half the time the player who got it says 'ready golf' on the next tee if they're not the first one to walk up there.

                        For me at the end of the day it means no wasting time. Don't watch everyone in your group hit then go over to your ball. Go over to your ball (assuming you don't interfere with another golfer) and be ready to hit at the very least when it's your turn. Other than to a lesser extent, amateurs thinking they're pros as they stalk greens from every angle, the lack of ready golf etiquette is the main contributor to slow play. If people would be smart about how they walk or drive their carts to their ball and be ready to hit, I think round times would drop considerably.
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                        • #13
                          as long as it's safe and won't distract someone already getting set to hit, hit your shot when ready

                          as long as it's not a distraction, begin your putting routine while others are doing the same. don't wait to start your whole routine until it's your turn.

                          if it's cpo, or you get out of the cart to look for your ball, bring clubs and other accessories you might need (rangefinder, gps, etc) with you. don't get out, find your ball, then walk back to the cart for your gear.

                          i'd also say to save your lengthy stories/jokes/monologues for the 19th hole. it's frustrating to be waiting on a group engrossed in a conversation while the fairway or green is wide open in front of them.
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                          • #14
                            1) Tee off & walk directly to ball
                            2) Get yardage, pick club, go through routine if necessary
                            3) Hit as soon as landing area is clear

                            **if your ball is further back and forcing someone else to wait for you before going to their ball, get on your horse and make it happen.
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                            • #15
                              Things I try to do is just go ahead and hit when I am nowhere near anyone. If I am close by but not in there line I try to go ahead and be at my ball doing club selection tasks and getting ready to hit as soon as they are complete. If someone is struggling to get up on the green I go ahead finish the hole, especially if it looks like they are going to max out what they can even write down. There is no point on waiting for someone to chip that 7th shot up on the green.
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