Today's Golfer (UK) - - First Tee -

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.


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