TRACKING PLAYERS BY PHONE
I read Nick Dougherty’s column in the May issue regarding slow play, which followed hot on the heels of an article in the previous month’s edition about golf being boring to watch. While the articles were not linked, I think the topics are. But there is a simple technological solution. Most golfers have a Gps-enabled smartphone that could be monitored from a pro shop, making it very easy to spot why and where problems are arising. Dougherty stated that it would be impossible to watch every shot of 156 players, but again technology could come to the fore. If each caddie carried a GPS device that could be tracked, individual players could be penalised for slow play rather than the whole group. The possibility of shot penalties, or even short suspensions for repeat and persistent offenders, should act as a suitable deterrent.
DANNY SHARRATT, CAMBRIDGE