Opinion: Pace of Play # 2 – Designated Shot Watchers –
By Wayne Halm –
In my last Pace of Play (PoP) post I promised ideas for achieving four and a half hour rounds – the Designated Shot Watcher idea will move golfers toward that goal.
Frequently I take on this responsibility unasked. I watch everyone’s shots, make mental note of the position of any balls off the fairway, and lead the player to it. Most of the time this is unnecessary – but when it is needed it greatly improves the PoP.
As much as I might like to, I can’t play golf with everyone. I believe the Designated Shot Watcher idea needs to be formalized into the game.
I think golf courses should add another column to their scorecards. There should be spaces for the players name and the name of the Designated Shot Watcher. Each player should have a Designated Shot Watcher assigned and each player should be explicitly designated to watch another’s shots. Golf course personnel should remind players to take this seriously – it will improve the PoP.
Until courses get on-board, golfers should informally implement the Designated Shot Watcher idea themselves. It doesn’t take much effort and it increases the enjoyment of the game, nobody enjoys searching for their golf ball.
Perhaps not every golfer will admit to the need for someone watching their shots, but I certainly do. Sometimes on the tee, I look down the fairway and pick my spot, line up carefully, take the driver all the way back smoothly, keep my head down and watch the club hit the ball, pull all the way through the swing, then look up – and do not see the ball! It sure is nice when someone can lead me to it.
Come play golf with me.