Latest News from the Pro at Kington Golf Club
Kington Awarded New GolfMark Certificate
Kington Golf Club has just been awarded England Golf's GolfMark Certificate, which opens up all sorts of benefits for the Club. In order to attain this highly-sought after award, we had to meet or exceed criteria in each of four essential requirements:
- recruitment and retention
- coaching and competitions
- management and sustainability
Congratulations and thanks to everyone at the club involved in conducting the long and complex process associated with this achievement.
To read more about what the GolfMark Accreditation means to us, go HERE
Rules Modernisation Summary
As you may have heard the R&A and the USGA have announced a major set of proposed changes to the Rules of Golf. These changes result from a Rules Modernisation initiative that began five years ago in an effort to bring the Rules up to date to fit the needs of the game today globally. The following summarises the proposed rule changes for your information.
The R&A invites you to provide feedback - follow the link HERE:
Here are the major proposed changes for 2019:
Promoting Faster Pace of Play
- Encouraging you to play promptly: It is recommended that you make each stroke in no more than 40 seconds – and usually more quickly than that - once it’s your turn to play.
- Playing out of turn in stroke play (“ready golf”): This has always been allowed without penalty, and now you are affirmatively encouraged to do so in a safe and responsible way for convenience or to save time.
- New alternative form of stroke play: The Rules recognize a new “Maximum Score” form of stroke play, where your score for a hole is capped at a maximum (such as double par or triple bogey) set by the Committee, so that you can pick up and move to the next hole when your score will be at or above the maximum.
- Other changes to help pace of play: The simplified dropping procedure, reduced time for ball search, expansion of penalty areas, greater use of red penalty areas and ability to putt with the flagstick in the hole should all help pace of play as well.
When Things Happen to Your Ball in Play
Ball at Rest Accidentally Moves
- Accidentally moving your ball while searching for it: There is no longer a penalty.
- Accidentally moving your ball or ball-marker when it is on the putting green: There is no longer a penalty.
- New standard for deciding if you caused your ball to move: You will be found to have caused your ball to move only if that is known or virtually certain (that is, it is at least 95% likely that you were the cause).
Replacing a Moved or Lifted Ball
- New procedure when you don’t know the exact spot where your ball was at rest: You must replace the ball on its estimated original spot (rather than drop the ball at that spot); and if the estimated spot was on, under or against growing, attached or fixed objects (such as grass), you must replace the ball on, under or against those objects.
Ball in Motion Accidentally Deflected
- Your ball in motion accidentally hits you, your equipment, your caddie, someone attending the flagstick for you or a removed or attended flagstick: There is no longer a penalty (such as when your ball bounces off a bunker face and hits you).
Standards of Conduct and Trusting Players Integrity
Insisting on High Standards of Conduct and Trusting Player Integrity
- Playing in the spirit of the game: New provisions are added to reinforce the high standards of conduct expected from all players on the course and the Committee’s discretion to disqualify players for serious misconduct.
- Code of player conduct: Committees are given authority to adopt their own code of player conduct and to set penalties for the breach of standards in that code.
- Elimination of need to announce intent to lift ball: When you have good reason to lift your ball to identify it, to see if it is cut or cracked or to see if you are entitled to relief (such as to see if the ball is embedded), you are no longer required first to announce to another player or your marker that you intend to do so or to give that person an opportunity to observe the process.
- Reasonable judgment standard: When you need to estimate or measure a spot, point, line, area or distance under a Rule, your reasonable judgment will not be second-guessed based on later evidence (such as video review) if you did all that could reasonably be expected under the circumstances to estimate or measure accurately.
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How to Save 30 Minutes or More a Round
What is ready golf?
"Ready golf" is a method for golfers to speed up play. Simply put, "ready golf" means that each golfer within a group hits when ready. The Rules of Golf and golf etiquette prescribe the proper way to determine hitting order on a golf course.
Playing "ready golf" is really quite simple. It involves each player taking their turn to hit the ball as soon as they’re ready. This helps to speed up the pace of play by playing smarter, not necessarily faster. If you’re interested in playing some ready golf, then here are some simple tips to make your game more enjoyable and less stressful.
Before the First Tee
When you’re just about ready to start your round, here a few things you should do to save time before teeing off. In addition to the tips below, make sure that you warm up both mentally and physically. Stretch out your legs, arms, and hips for five minutes, practice hitting a few balls, and focus your mind on your golf game.
* Come to the golf course prepared with tees, markers, pitch mark repair tool, etc.
* Mark your ball ahead of time.
* Bring or buy drinks and snacks ahead of time.
On the Tee
Once you are at the tee, pay attention to everyone’s tee shot so you can help look for lost balls if needed. This can speed up the game tremendously, especially if an errant ball lands in the rough.
* Start to tee off as soon as the group ahead of you is clear.
* Let short distance hitters tee off first.
* Always carry an extra ball or two in your pocket.
* Hit a provisional ball if you think that your ball may be lost or out of bounds.
On the Fairway
You and your fellow golfers don’t need to head towards the closest ball and wait for the player to take their next shot. Everyone should head to their own ball and start club selection - as long as it is safe to do so.
* Anticipate your distance and likely club selection
* Choose your club as soon as you know your distance
* If more than one player is ready to hit, communicate and agree on striking order.
* Watch carefully where your ball and everyone else’s lands
On and Approaching the Green
If you’re sharing a buggy, the partner with the shorter shot should drop off the other player (with all needed clubs), and leave the cart at the exit point of the green.
* The first golfer to the hole should tend and take out the flagstick.
* The first one in the hole should pick up and replace the flagstick.
* Study your putt while waiting for your turn to putt.
* Agree to Putt until holed out. Don’t mark your ball unless you are in someone’s way.
* Quickly exit the green and move to the next tee once all players are finished.
* Wait to record scores until you reach the next tee.
* Hold clubs and replace them in bag or cart once stopped at the next hole.
Now that you’re all set on the tee, fairway, and green, consider a few more tips to speed up the pace of play:
* You should always be able to see the group ahead of you.
* Limit searching for lost balls to no more than 3 – 5 minutes.
* If someone has lost a ball, hit your shot before helping them look for their ball.
* Try to never go back to the tee to hit a provisional ball.
* Keep your pre-shot routine consistent and stay focused.
* Limit yourself to one practice swing.
* Don’t be afraid to call your ball unplayable. Take your stroke and get back into the game.
* Get your ball back on the fairway as quickly as possible if you repeatedly hit in the rough.
* Don’t hesitate to take a lesson and get help with your problems, everyone has them!
“Ready golf” is a wonderful time management solution to keep yourself and your fellow golfers playing smartly. Of course, make sure to have fun as well as you keep your mind in the game.