Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzz . . . Huh? What? Oh, sorry, we just dozed off waiting for Kevin Na, Jim Furyk and Ben Crane to finish their round. It’s true that many professional golfers are slow, but there is a time limit to hit a shot on all the pro tours. Essentially, players have 40 seconds, although an extra 10 or 20 seconds is often granted to the first golfer in a group to play certain holes. However, keep in mind that the root of slow play isn’t the time it takes a golfer to play a stroke, it’s the time taken between those strokes. We’re talking to you, Mr Sit-in-the-golfcart-until-it’s-your-turn guy! ▶ ▶▶ The answer to this question focuses on match play. Handicap strokes are meant to be equalisers in matches. Putting the odd strokes on the front and even ones on the back distributes the handicap strokes more evenly. But wait, there’s more! The SAGA Handicap System Manual (you can download this under handicaps on saga. co.za) recommends that the allocation of low strokes to holes near the end of each nine should be avoided, as is the allocation of low strokes to the first or second holes, in the event of a suddendeath playoff. ▶ ▶▶ There’s no reason a driver can’t enjoy a long and fruitful life. Our equipment guys cringe about that.They’d rather you get a new driver at the same rate you service your car. But today’s drivers can take a beating. A recent test showed drivers stood up to a minimum of 2 000 strikes at 200 kph before they had to take a titanium time-out.That’s about 150 rounds. If you swing as slow as we do, that number could jump to 20 000 strikes. If you play once a week for 20 years, you’d still have some life left on your driver. ▶ ▶▶ The way you hold the club is a personal choice. Interlock is when you couple your right pinky finger with your left index finger (for right-handers), and overlap (or Vardon) is when you let the pinky rest on the crease between the index and middle fingers. “Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus both interlock,” says Golf Digest teaching professional Josh Zander.“But the problem I see with interlocking is that it puts too much of the handle of the club into the palm of the hands.This can lead to technique issues and a loss of power.” Zander prefers theVardon, although he adds,“HarryVardon didn’t invent this grip. He just got credit for it.” ▶ Tips for golf on a chilly day? Trip to KZN. ▶ Golf in a sweater or jacket? See above ▶ Drink to warm you up? Iced tea . . . in KZN.