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The R&A will introduce Ready Golf at its 2017 amateur championships as part of its efforts to improve pace of play.

Ready Golf features in The R&A’s Pace of Play manual as a recommended solution for tackling slow play and enables golfers to play when they are ready to do so rather than strictly adhere to ‘the farthest from the hole plays first’ requirement.

The practice can be used in stroke play and includes a number of actions that can help to improve the flow of golfers around the course and reduce the time taken by players to complete a round.

Examples of Ready Golf include hitting a tee shot if the person with the honour is delayed in being ready to play, playing a shot before helping someone look for a ball and adopting continuous putting when possible.

The R&A’s portfolio of amateur events has expanded following its merger with the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) on 1 January 2017 and Ready Golf will feature in both men's and women's championships where stroke play is part of the format, including the forthcoming Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship at Pyle & Kenfig and The Amateur Championship at Royal St George’s and Prince’s.

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