the R&A’s announcement that it will introduce ‘Ready Golf’ at its 2017
amateur championships the British Golf Industry Association (BGIA) are calling
on all the UK golf associations to actively encourage the adoption of this
solution to the problem of slow play.
Executive Board member and Sales Director - Motocaddy, Neil Parker said “In my
opinion all the UK golf associations should be actively encouraging the adoption
of Ready Golf. If the average round time could be reduced by even just 15
minutes, it would not only make it easier to attract new golfers to the game,
it would also increase enjoyment for existing golfers, encouraging them to play
more regularly. It will also help to increase capacity on busier courses.”
a positive step that the R&A are behind this initiative and it deserves
backing from the entire golfing industry because the time available for the
game has never had so much pressure from lifestyle changes and from people
working longer hours.
Chair Philip Morley said “One of the BGIA’s aims is to Support and champion growth and participation in golf, we therefore actively
encourage the implementation of all solutions that address the issue of slow
play which hampers the enjoyment of golfers. We urge other associations to promote
the idea that Ready Golf is just common sense, players should take a moment to
evaluate, one practice swing and execute without delay when it’s their turn.”
tradition of players waiting for their partner who is furthest away from the
hole to play first is very outdated and Ready Golf is a style many golfers
adopt instinctively when playing casual rounds anyway.
Executive Board member and Managing Partner – Lynx Golf, Stephanie Zinser said
“I’m in favour of anything that promotes faster play. If we are trying to
encourage people to play golf, we need to dispel the time poverty argument and
therefore this is something that should be advocated on as wide a basis as
The BGIA is managed by an Executive Board and an
independent Chairman. The BGIA Executive Board constitutes of elected members,
who meet regularly to develop the services and direction of the Association. The BGIA represents the vast majority
of brands in the golf industry including Callaway, Footjoy, Mizuno, Motocaddy,
Powakaddy, Ping, Taylormade, Titleist, Wilson and Yonex.