I’ve had The Art of Fast Play – Solving Golf’s Maddening Problem of Slow Play for a long time and I’ve read every page at least three times. This is an invaluable book which is full of common sense advice for speeding up play on the golf course, and making the game more enjoyable for all playing and more profitable for golf courses.
Below are a couple of really great highlights/suggestions for playing fast. I actually DO these two, and did before reading the book. So I have that going for me, which is nice.
Place extra clubs ON the green, inline with your green exit path
If you come up to the green with some wedges and other clubs you used to get there, put them ON the green. This will help prevent them from getting lost in long grass where they are not easily seen. Putting them on the exit line of the green means you’ll have to trip over them on your way to the next hole, and not forget them!
Shorten Pre-Shot Routine by 10 Seconds
Golf math: A foursome of average 18 handicap golfers could shave ONE HOUR off their time by shortening their pre-shot routine by 10 seconds. Think about it. Each player will probably shoot 90ish. 90 x 4 players is 360 shots. 360 times 10 seconds is 3600 seconds. 3600 seconds comes to one hour.
One reason former golfers left is the time involved to play a round. That same problem is causing golf courses to lose money and the industry is struggling in part for this reason. Speeding up play makes the game more fun, brings more players into it, and helps golf courses’ bottom line.
This book would make a great Christmas gift for golfers of all abilities.