Ready Golf DOES NOT mean RUSHING.
- Tournament Golf is different from a casual round of recreational golf.
- During Tournaments we play “Ready Golf.”
- Ready Golf means THINKING AHEAD so that you’re READY TO PLAY when it is YOUR TURN.
- You are expected to play any stroke within 42 seconds.
Ready Golf applies EVERYWHERE on the golf course – on the tees, on the fairways and on the greens.
On The Tee
Ready Golf means that the player with the honors should be READY to HIT FIRST. If the player with the honors isn’t ready, then someone else should hit first.
On The Fairway
Ready Golf means that ALL golfers should go to their balls as soon as possible and get READY to play their shots. While waiting to hit, PLAYERS should SURVEY their shot, SELECT their clubs, TAKE them from their bags, and STAND at their balls READY to step up and make the shot when it is their turn. You are expected to play any stroke within 42 seconds. All players should GO TO THEIR BALLS as soon as possible. The only time players should wait for other players is if the first player’s ball is in front of the other players’ in such a way that the other players could be hit by the first player’s shot. The only time players should stop in a group and wait for a player to hit is if the line of flight of that player’s shot prevents the other players from going to their own balls.
Hint: Walk down the sides of the fairway to reach your ball, determine your club selection while waiting, and then move towards the center to your ball. You can usually get close to your ball and get ready to play the shot, while players behind you can still make their shots.
Helping To Find Lost Balls
It is important that everyone try to help out to find a lost ball in order to keep playing moving. But players should do it AFTER hitting their shots, not BEFORE.
Entering And Exiting Greens
ALWAYS, leave your golf bag at the back or side of the Green closest to the next tee. If a shot is played in front of the Green first, the player should move his or her clubs to the back or side of the Green before playing the next shot. Don’t stand on the green writing down scores. After the group has putted, go to the next tee, so the group behind can play their shots.
Speeding Play On The Greens
Playing Ready Golf around the Greens means getting READY to putt BEFORE it is your turn. Players should line up their putts WHILE other players are putting, so they’re ready to putt when it’s their turn.
Ready Golf also means putting CONTINUOUSLY if the ball is not in someone’s line, and if the player does not have to spend a lot of time surveying the putt. If you miss a putt by one or two feet, for example, and have an open stance to make the next putt, you should MAKE the putt INSTEAD of MARKING the ball and waiting for another turn — unless it is a tricky putt and you want extra time to survey it. In that case, mark the ball and survey the putt while someone else putts. When it is your turn, walk up to the ball, take your stance and make your putt.
During tournament play, you should get off your putt within 20 seconds from when it is your turn. This means you should be able to approach the ball, take your stance and make your putt within 20 seconds. Obviously, you can only do this if you SURVEY the putt WHILE other players are putting. When you putt, you should always take your time, so you make a smooth, unhurried stroke.
If you prepare in advance to putt, you can take your time AND play Ready Golf.
Farthest From The Hole
In Ready Golf, the person farthest from the hole should be READY to play first. There are, however, a few common sense exceptions.
When someone hits a shot, but is still farthest from the hole, players should hit BEFORE that player if they are Ready. Here are two examples. If a player hits a tree or some obstruction with a second shot and is still farthest from the hole, the players closer to the hole should hit first to speed up play.
If someone is off the Green in a sand trap and hits it furthest from the hole, the other players should not wait for that player to walk around the green to play the next shot. Play should continue until that player is READY to make the next shot.
Summary – Ready Golf means BEING READY to play:
- Walk to your ball as soon as possible, so that you can choose your club and think about the shot in ADVANCE, not when it is your turn.
- You are expected to play any stroke within 40 seconds.
- When a ball is lost, hit your shot FIRST and then help look for the lost ball.
- Walk down the SIDES of the fairway to reach your ball and then APPROACH it from the center.
- NEVER play moving in a group from ball to ball.
- When on the Green, line up your putt BEFORE it is your turn, and putt out immediately instead of marking, if you are not in someone’s line. Start walking to the next hole immediately after all players are finished putting.