R&A To Implement Ready Golf In Its Amateur Championships

Ready Golf will be used in all of the R&A's stroke play amateur championships to help speed up play

R&A To Implement Ready Golf
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Ready Golf will be used in all of the R&A's stroke play amateur championships to help speed up play

R&A To Implement Ready Golf In Its Amateur Championships

The R&A's 2017 amateur championships will feature Ready Golf for the first time.

Golf's governing body in all countries barring the USA and Mexico will introduce ready golf in a bid to speed up play.

Ready Golf is in the R&A's Pace of Play manual as a recommended solution for tackling slow play.

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It allows golfers to play when they are ready as oppose to the traditional form where the player who is farthest away from the hole plays first.

Slow play

Ready Golf allows you to play out of turn when necessary to avoid slow play

This doesn't apply to match play where the player who is farthest from the hole must play first, only stroke play.

Related: How can we improve golf's pace of play?

Situations where ready golf comes into play are when a player tees off without the honour due to the first player being delayed and when playing your shot before helping a playing partner look for their ball.

Ready Golf will feature in all of the R&A's amateur stroke play events, including the Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship at Pyle & Kenfig and the Amateur Championship at Royal St George's and Prince's.

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Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development at The R&A said, “We support solutions that address the issue of slow play and Ready Golf is an effective means of reducing the time it takes to complete a round.

“Our research has shown that golfers would enjoy the sport more if it took less time to play and so we are introducing Ready Golf during the stroke play rounds at our amateur championships to help improve pace of play and the experience for the players and spectators.”

Elliott Heath
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5