Opinion: On Slow Play –
By Wayne Halm –
Few topics arouse as much passion in golfers as Slow Play.
Recently my golf blogging buddy Jim Burton published a post concerning slow play. Jim’s blog is The Grateful Golfer and the post is titled Ready, Set, Golf! … the post is worth reading and made me want to add my two cents.
I am a lucky golfer because I don’t feel slow play as much as some. I enjoy being on a golf course with people and I have enough control over my life to allow 4.5 hours for a round. It is just fun.
But I do know people who can only manage 3 hours – and they get on the course anyway. They are just setting themselves up for frustration. I sort of feel sorry for them and have a couple of ideas that might help:
- Call early and get the first tee time.
- At least check the tee sheet to make sure my name is not in front of yours.
However, I am not completely immune to slow play. While I am not going to run around the golf course in three hours, the prospect of a six hour round will run me off the course. Fortunately there is something that can be done about that.
I play golf with a lot of people – and I am proud to say I have prevented some six hour rounds. How? By watching everyone’s shots, making mental note of where the balls that missed the fairway stopped, then leading people to them. I call it “shot watching” and it really does speed up play.
But as much as I would like to, I can’t play with every group that goes out. We need more “Shot Watchers”. Years ago I published a post encouraging shot watching, it is at Designated Shot Watchers.
Perhaps predictably the post had little impact. Maybe I didn’t write it well enough, maybe the name wasn’t catchy enough, or maybe a lot of things. I just don’t know.
Evidently I can’t make this happen by myself … so let me ask some of my golf blogging buddies for help:
- Jim at The Grateful Golfer
- Josh at Golf is Mental
- Brian at All about Golf
- Jimmy at Tiger Golf Traveler
- Brewcee at Brewcee’s Golf Blog
- Sully at The Golf Academy
- Tiff at Fairway Foodie
- Mike at 36aDay
- Linley at Linley’s Golf Blog
- Paul at Wisco Golf Addict
Buddies, read the post ( Designated Shot Watchers ), if you like the idea write it up better than I did. This really does work – and it is not “all or nothing”. Every time a shot watcher saves a couple of minutes by pointing out a ball, every group behind get a couple of minutes shaved off their round whether they are watching shots or not.
Once that’s done … Come play golf with me.
Another post I’ve published on the topic is The Goose