Slow play has been the subject of a study by the R&A in an effort to speed up the game and 'Ready Golf' has been introduced as one of a number of guidelines aimed at improving the flow of golfers around the course.
The practice can be used in stroke play and when safe to do so. Examples include;
Playing a shot when ready rather than observing the farthest from the hole convention.
Hitting a tee shot if the person with the honour is delayed in being ready to play.
Playing your own shot before helping someone look for a ball.
Continuous putting when possible.
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