HOW TO HELP ELIMINATE SLOW PLAY
Your February issue editorial about slow play will probably fall on deaf ears at most golf clubs. Committees are lax to tackle this issue. If clubs have a slow play problem, one way to eliminate it is for every fourball to be timed on competition days. Club golfers should record the exact length of their rounds in addition to their shots. A pattern emerges over several rounds, and the culprits can quickly be identified. All you do then is put the slow golfers at the back of the field in every competition.
By the way, while I enjoy the tips in Golf Digest, all this advice is cluttering the minds of your average club golfer, who analyses too much on the course. An empty mind is now thought to be the best way of getting golfers to play more freely and hit better shots.
Thomas Souness, Cape Town