The easiest way to improve your game is buy keeping a pace. It's more fun to focus on your game without worrying about the play of others.
One way to make this happen in your favor, is to let everyone in your group know "we want to stay up with the group in front of us". This is most-likely something your group want to do anyways.
But what if it isn't? What do you do?
Let me know your solutions, as inquisitive minds want to know. I look forward to seeing your responses.
Keep it in the short grass,