Tees Fore Two actively supports this philosophy and adopts the ready golf initiative.
The pace of play is a topic of conversation that crops up every day of the week throughout the country and can sometimes become a major frustration.
None of us likes to be hurried along but we all must endeavour to keep up with the group in front, so with that in mind playing “ready golf” should help us all achieve this objective.
“Ready golf” is a commonly used term which indicates that players should play when they are ready to do so, rather than adhering strictly to the “farthest away from the hole plays first” stipulation in the Rules Of Golf.
There is understandably strong evidence to suggest that playing “ready golf” does improve the pace of play.
When “ready golf” is being encouraged, players have to act sensibly to ensure that playing out of turn does not endanger other players.
Examples of “ready golf” in action are:
- Hitting a shot when safe to do so if a player farther away faces a challenging shot and is taking time to assess their options.
- Shorter hitters playing first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters have to wait.
- Hitting a tee shot if the person with the honour is delayed in being ready to play.
- Hitting a shot before helping someone to look for a lost ball.
- Putting out even if it means standing close to someone else’s line.
- Hitting a shot if a person who has just played from a greenside bunker is still farthest from the hole but is delayed due to raking the bunker.
- When a player’s ball has gone over the back of the green, any player closer to the hole but chipping from the front of the green should play while the other player is having to walk to their ball and assess their shot.
- Marking scores upon immediate arrival at the next tee, except that the first player to tee off marks their card immediately after teeing off.