Taking too long to hit the golf ball may be hurting your scores.
A study conducted by the consulting firm RSM in conjunction with the European Tour found pro golfers perform at their best when they take less time over the ball to pull the trigger, and further, when they take consistently less time before each shot.
The study followed 47 players and recorded more than 20,000 shots, finding players who are most consistent in time taken over the ball are 50 percent more likely to make a European Tour cut than their more inconsistent peers.
On par 5s, players are 20 percent more likely to hit a green in regulation if they take consistently less time over the ball. On putts, these consistently faster players are 16 percent more likely to gain strokes.
Overall, the study found players could save a whole stroke per tournament if they played consistently a touch faster, leading to an average of $224,361 more on a season.
So, what’s the takeaway for amateurs? Having a consistent, speedy pre-shot routine will help you play better golf.