Ryan Galay: Keeping pace on the golf course

ryan-galayPace of play has been a hot topic in the golf industry for a number of years now with different governing bodies doing their best to address the issue. 

With the new rules of golf that came out earlier this year, you can now only search for a lost ball for three minutes instead of the old five-minute rule. The new rules also allow players to leave the flag stick in when a player is putting on the green. Although these seem like small changes, they can help to make rounds move a little quicker and be a more enjoyable. 

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The most important aspect of improving the pace of play in the golf industry is to educate golfers on what they can do to keep their rounds moving. A lot of new golfers are deterred from playing because they feel stressed having a group play behind them. 

The most important thing for new golfers is to remember to keep up to the pace of the group in front of you, not to worry about the group behind you. This can be difficult at times when a group is sitting in the fairway behind you waiting, but just remember you are out there to enjoy your round the same as every other group on the course. 

If you are falling behind the group in front of you here are a few small tips to take the stress off and move your round along. The most important thing is to hustle between shots. Once you are at your ball, take your time and execute a good shot, but between shots make sure you aren’t wasting time. 

The other time-wasting habit many golfers are guilty of is when the entire group going to each player’s ball. If you are waiting on the group ahead of you, drop your partner off at their ball with the right club and head over to your ball to get ready. Again, even if these seem like small improvements to make they will improve the pace of play for your group.

The goal that the golf industry is working towards is to make the game of golf more appealing to everyone and not deter people from playing the game. Keeping golf under two hours and fifteen minutes for nine holes, and four and a half hours for eighteen holes is an initiative everyone should work towards. This will help make the game more enjoyable for everyone on the golf course.

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