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  1. So I focused entirely on keeping mental focus on the golf course today and staying patient with every shot, and I'd say it was a rousing success. I shot 12 shots better today (82 vs 94 last week); this was probably the best score I could have shot with the garbage golf swing I was using. The mental game really got me through the round. To start the day, I misread my tee time, so I got to the course a lot later than I wanted. I didn't have time to go to the range, so I just chipped and putted and hoped for the best. I remembered to start off with a shot of scotch, and strangely enough, it helped. Enough to feel it but not too much that it impaired my motor function... ? A few things I did during the round: Never played before it was my turn. And I never walked too far ahead of the group or the person playing his shot. When we fell a hole behind around 12 and got yelled at by the marshall, I didn't change anything about my routine or my approach. No putts with the back of my putter. I marked everything outside of 6". I putt great today; had a lot of good par saves. Rather than go right into my routine when I got to my ball, I actually watched my playing partners play their shots. Sometimes I get tunnel-visioned into my own shot and forget that I can be a spectator too and appreciate good shots from others. Aside from my better score, even the guys I played with commented that I acted and played differently this week, in a good way. I have another tournament round tomorrow at a course I've never played before...going to take these concepts and continue to apply them. Now I just need to figure out a better swing..... Thanks everyone for your thoughts and recommendations.
  2. I'll add it to the list of things to do on Saturday! ?
  3. No offense taken; I appreciate your feedback and insight. I've received much worse on WRX. And yes, I would agree that as the round wore on and I realized I'd be lucky to break 100, it was about speeding up play and getting off the course. I'll be taking these ideas out on the course Saturday, so we'll see how it goes. At least we're not the lead group this week, so there won't be any pressure to maintain pace. In reality, we're probably going to be standing around quite a bit being the 5th group out.
  4. I'm going to try that for Saturday's final round; find something I can put in my pockets or attach to my bag that I can play with until it's time for me to start my pre-shot routine. This will be something I just need to make a conscientious effort to do.
  5. Well, odds are more like 75%. And wouldn't go as far as to say that my primary objective is to play a fast round, i.e., I don't put my tee in the ground on the first hole and think to myself, let's see how fast I can play today. I just play fast without actively thinking about it. So when other players are going through their routine, take a practice swing, and then suddenly stop, turn around, and stare at another player wondering whose turn it is, I get a little annoyed by it. And it's probably further aggravated when my score goes to poop right off the bat. I do have a pre-shot routine that is probably the most consistent thing I do. It's just that I can do most of it, to include the shot analysis and practice swinging, while others are hitting, so when it's my turn to hit, I can immediately address the ball and hit. Are you suggesting I wait until everyone else is done playing their shot before I start my routine? I don't need credit for speeding up the group. Making my contribution is fulfilling enough for me.
  6. It's funny...golf is the only thing in my life where some form of anxiety and nervousness manifests itself...
  7. These are good suggestions which I'll incorporate into the second round on Saturday. I especially like number 2; when I have a club in my hand, I think I get even more impatient...like when you're waiting for the green to clear when going for it on a par 5...with a club in your hand, you get antsy and keep making practice swings as time seems to go by super slow.... I might try to find one of those fidget spinners that were all the rage a few years ago...just something to do with my hands between shots, as @b.helts recommended, so that I can "turn off" until it's my turn to play...
  8. They go in at least 51% of the time with the back of the putter. I'll take those odds. And I asked the question because I'm trying to learn how to deal with it. Or at least understand that I have to consciously and actively slow myself down between shots. As I think more about the topic, a significant reason for my *own* speed around the course during competition is that I'm simply not competitive, i.e., I'm not good at golf. So on any given morning on the range warming up before the round, I feel great about my game and feel that I'll play a great round. By the third hole, I'm just trying not to slow the group down because I can't even keep the ball in play. So if I can play my shot and "get out of the way," that's what I'll do. And I probably project that hurried mentality to everyone else.
  9. Great analogy. I also get annoyed by slow drivers, especially in SoCal where driving the speed limit in the interstate effectively makes you a road cone.
  10. “Anxious” is a great way to put it...when I’m on the course, if someone isn’t in the process of playing their shot, then I feel compelled to fill that void and start playing my own shot, even if I am last to play...
  11. "Perhaps you don’t need help with the trigger to start your pre-shot routine but need something to help you turn off “go time”. Perhaps incorporate a routine with your glove (if you wear one) or perhaps a headcover. Something little that you do that indicates it’s “down time” and to let go until you hit your “go time” trigger. " This is brilliant.
  12. Fair points. Again, I don't seek to change anyone else's behavior on the golf course; but to adjust my own to accommodate slower conditions. Do you advocate what I call the "police line"? That is, everyone forms a line abreast that slowly advances up the hole, stopping at each individual's ball, and waiting until that individual has hit before advancing to the next closest ball? If a person is hitting from the right side of the fairway while my drive went 10 yards farther and landed in the left rough, should I not go directly to my ball and conduct some of my pre-shot routine so that I can be ready to hit as soon as the other guy hit? Or should I stand next to the guy in the fairway, watch him hit, and then walk to my ball? Sure, there is a balance; I don't need to be walking so far ahead that I get in another player's line-of-sight or the landing area. But I also shouldn't hold up play by waiting for everyone to hit their shot before walking to my ball, especially when I'm the only walker in the group. So to answer your first question: yes, I genuinely believe the police line contributes to slow play and that it part of the problem. As to your second point, I don't believe long preshot routines are the primary cause of slow play for amateurs, even in competition. It's all the time wasted between shots that makes a round slower. Again, the police line is a strong contributor. Other reasons? Lack of awareness of where everyone else's ball generally is, so you're always questioning "who's away" and never ready to go. Another is waiting until it's your turn to start your pre-shot routine. There are plenty of things you can do while others are playing their shot, like check yardages, walk your lap around the green to read break, etc. that don't disrupt others. But you have your share of golfers who decide to just stand there until everyone else is looking at them before they decide to start to do anything. I think a lot of it should be common sense, but it unfortunately is not. As to the last point, I'd offer that simple things like I've mentioned above don't really add any pressure to finish quickly. Instead, you'll be surprised how quickly your group finishes, even with exhausting pre-shot routines...
  13. I've had the honor of playing with Obee years ago, which was a great experience, and I've been following his story over the years in his continued success in competitive golf. I absolutely hold him in high esteem. It's interesting you mention a "trigger". Thinking back to past rounds, I find that I trigger my pre-shot routine when it's safe and practical to do so, even if someone else is executing their own shot. Of course, I don't do anything that would disrupt other players' shots, like make noise, walk around, or make practice swings while others are swinging. But I do all my info gathering and shot planning while others are hitting and make my practice swings when I find gaps. By the time the last shot before me has stopped rolling, my ball is already in the air. I'm just programmed to do this with all my close friends I regularly play with. Like Obee said, this is just something I have to consciously think about and stop myself from doing. Just seeing if there are other methods or techniques to deal with it besides "just doing it".... And with the walk slowly recommendation, which sounds like a great idea as I walk FAST on the golf course, what if you are the only walker in a group of cart riders? I think that's why I naturally walk so fast...to keep up with carts...
  14. Agreed, my question wasn't necessarily how to adjust the players in the group, but ways to adjust yourself or slow yourself down...and reflecting back on prior competitive rounds, this is an issue I've always had...I even recall a round where I was reprimanded by the tournament director, who happened to be playing in my group, that I needed to wait for my turn to play because it was disruptive to others...I'm laughing a bit to myself right now, but I'm remembering how I would just hit my shot during someone's routine because I didn't want to wait for the player away to go through his entire routine...he was that painfully slow...
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