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Golf tip: Speeding up your play

May 16, 2012 / by admin

By Craig Robbers
Posted May 15, 2012 at 2:57 p.m.

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Slow play in golf became a big topic of discussion at last week’s Players Championship.

A professional golfer has an obligation to play faster. Professionals know when someone is playing slow because most of them play fast. A slow player sticks out like a sore thumb. Those players who play slow either have to learn to play faster, or go back to working in the pro shop. So most slow players learn to play faster.

Slow play on a non-professional level is another story. Golf is a hard game to learn. It takes time to learn the swing and have the confidence to go out and hit good shots when you have to. Only a few golfers ever will have that confidence, but the one’s that do have spent many hours hitting different shots on the practice tee to build up that confidence.

Here are a few tips you can do to make you a faster player. Learn to hit the ball a little farther. The farther you can hit the ball, the less strokes it takes to get the ball on the putting surface. Learn to lag putt better. If you have trouble finding the right pace then you will take longer to hole out.

Play one ball. The only time you are allowed (under the rules) to hit a makeup shot is when your ball is clearly out of bounds.

Be aware of your position on the course. If your group has fallen behind, someone has to be the leader. He or she must challenge the group to catch up.

Nobody is going to get mad at you; in fact, they will applaud you for taking control and you will enjoy the game much more!


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