Just a few general things to bring to your attention
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Pitch Marks There an increasing number of un-repaired pitch marks so to help tackle this please not only repair your own pitch mark but at least two others.
Pace of Play No one like hanging around in these cold conditions so it’s worth a reminder on the R&A’a advice on slow play Very few golfers would admit to being slow players but we can all do our bit to play a little bit faster.
Keep up with the group in front
- Do not worry about the group behind – keep up with the group in front
- If you feel that your group is falling behind take responsibility and bring this to the attention of the other players in your group.
- React positively to the situation.
- If your group is behind there is no need to run but try to catch up quickly.
- If you lose a clear hole and are delaying the group behind invite the group behind to play through.
- If there is no group in front of you and you are delaying the group behind invite the group behind to play through.
Be ready to play
When it is not your turn to play use your time wisely to prepare so that when it is your turn you are ready to play:
- Put your glove on, check your yardage, assess the wind strength and direction.
- Decide on the type of shot that you are going to play.
- Select your club.
When it is your turn to play, play promptly:
- Decide on the shot and execute it.
- You only need one practice swing.
- You do not need to waggle the club back and forth and round about again and again.
At the putting green:
- Assess your line, repair pitch-marks on the green and remove loose impediments while others are playing.
- It is not necessary to look at your line from every angle.
- You do not need to have an alignment mark on your golf ball and ensure that it is perfectly aligned to the hole before every putt.
- Move off the green as soon as all players in your group have holed out and mark score cards at or on the way to the next tee.
- Speed up your exit by positioning your bags on the way to the next tee.
If each player took a few seconds off their pre-shot routine then the cumulative effect would be very significant.