How to speed up play without walking faster

2011-06-30 00:00

A FEW weeks ago this column dealt with slow play, and reader Denis Hopewell, from Howick kindly sent a list of tips on how to speed up play.

There are many ways of reducing the time taken to play a round of golf, without having to rush. Here are just a few of them.

• Don’t waste time putting out if you cannot improve on your partner’s score.

• Don’t mark your ball on the green when it is quicker to putt out.

• Do not stand on or near the green to mark your card. Rather mark the card when you get to the next tee.

• If it’s your honour when you get to the tee, tee off before you mark the card, and then fill in the card while the others are teeing off.

• If a player in your group has lost a ball, the other players should all play their next shots before helping in the search. This will allow the whole group to move off as soon as the ball is found.

Unless your ball is dangerously in front of one of your playing partners, move directly towards the ball before he plays.

• Be ready to play your ball as soon as it is your turn. Do not watch your playing partners hit their balls and then start putting on your glove and deciding what club to use.

• If you have lost distance on the group in front of you, do not have a meal at half time. Rather grab a snack and go straight to the tenth tee. It’s the best opportunity to catch up.

• Although the rules allow five minutes to search for a ball before it is declared lost, section one of the rules state that players searching for a ball should signal the players behind them to pass as soon as it becomes apparent that the ball will not be easily found.

Any one of the above hints will save many seconds on each shot, and all you have to do is save 60 seconds on each hole to reduce the time for a round by almost 20 minutes.

Last weekend’s results

Maritzburg Golf Club held the Sanlam Cancer Challenge on Saturday. It was played as an individual Stableford.

A division: D. Trodd — 40 points, G. Emanuel — 38 points.

B division: B. Vella — 38 points, K. Roberts — 38 points.

C division: A. Ismail — 39 points, T. Govender — 38 points.

Women’s A division: G. Gayer — 36 points.

Women’s B division: J. Biggs — 40 points.

Victoria Country Club held a four-ball Stableford alliance on Saturday. The winners were J. and J. Hallowes, A. De Valence and J. Bassage. In second place were A. Fourie, P. Fourie, D. Frankish and V. Frankish.

 

From the 19th hole:

Three old golfers, Sam, Harry and Fred were sitting together after their weekly game of golf. These are some of the things they were overheard saying to each other.

Sam said: “I wanted to be a sea fisherman, but I couldn’t live off my net income”.

Harry said: “My wife has just had plastic surgery. I cut up her credit card.”

Fred said: “A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.”

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