HOW TO HELP ELIM­I­NATE SLOW PLAY

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Amateur Scene -

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

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