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Pace of Play Tips

Play Ready Golf

We all know what ‘ready golf’ is, don’t we? It means being ready to play, not playing when you are ready.

Ready golf means THINKING AHEAD so that you are ready to play when it is your turn.

Ready golf applies EVERYWHERE on the golf course – on the tees, on the fairways and on the greens.

Keeping up with pace of play

Here are some simple rules to keep up with pace of play :

  • If you find your group slow, you can speed up play with the first two players putting out, proceed to the next tee and play early while the other two finish their putts.

  • REMEMBER - a fast game is a good game.

  • Walk to your ball as soon as possible so that you can choose your club and think about the shot in advance, not when it is your turn!

  • When driving a cart, drop off your partner first, let your partner choose his or her club, and then drive to your own ball and get ready to play.

  • When a ball is lost, hit your shot first and then look for the lost ball.

  • Walk down the sides of the fairway to reach your ball and then approach it from the centre. Never play in a caravan, moving in a group from ball to ball.

  • When on the putting green, line up your putt before it is your turn – don’t wait until it’s your turn to putt.

  • In ready golf, the person farthest from the hole should be ready to play first.

  • Don’t mark your card after putting out. Head to the tee, one person immediately tee off then mark your card whilst waiting for your partners to have their shot.

There are a few common-sense exceptions eg. if a player chips over to the other side of the green and has to walk all the way around to their ball, other players should putt first while waiting for the player to get to their ball.


Keeping up with pace of play is a crucial skill to focus on when you are ready to take all you've learned from clinics and lessons to the golf course.

Pace of Play Tips - GFW
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Amazing! Thanks for the tips Janine!!

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