Curb the caddies
Time and time again we watch professionals enter the putting arena, taking their positions at different places around the green. Players look at their line of intended putt from four positions and consult their charts on the contours of the green. Then, their caddies go through the same routine to confirm that the player has chosen the right line.
Here’s an idea: what if the caddie was banned from voicing his opinion on the putt, banned from the green – except to tend the flag – and the decision was left to the player?
This could reduce the time a group spends on a green by half. Can you imagine a four-ball having four opinions instead of eight? It would save maybe four minutes per hole. That’s 72 minutes per round. It might be worth a try.
Also, why not let caddies use distance-measuring devices during tournament play? Think of the time this would save. John Buckley, Norfolk