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  1. Scott MacCallum

    Scott MacCallum New Member

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    Golf is a wonderful game with so much to recommend it but it real does need to get its act together to avoid it dropping down the participation rankings.
    Anyone who watched Webb Simpson take longer to play a shot - from the middle of the fairway note - than it took Roger Bannister to run a mile, must have despaired.
    Not only was his group already a hole and a half behind and causing commentators to pull their hair out it showed no thought or concern for his playing partners or the people unfortunate enough to be in groups behind.
    And nothing was done. An official turned up complete with stop watch but nothing was done.
    It is suffocating the game because everyone thinks that's what you need to do to play well.
    No it isn't.
    Get round in three to three and a half hours for a four all and the golfing world will be a better place.

    Scott
     
  2. Adi Porter

    Adi Porter New Member

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    Totally agree Scott, the pace of play is discouraging many to take up the sport. It needs speeding up without a doubt.
    One idea I heard is make the hole a little bigger, would be nice watching more 30ft puts roll in.
     
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  3. Scott MacCallum

    Scott MacCallum New Member

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    Hi Adi,

    Good to hear from you and trust all is well at Greetham.
    Not sure about making the hole bigger as it would make every record in the game irrelevant.
    I'm more in favour of limiting the ball which could get us back to shorter courses which would take less time to get around.
    Thinking about it though it would also make existing records redundant just like they've done with the javelin.
    Just think expanding the hole is more drastic!

    Cheers

    Scott
     
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2018
  4. Lars De Haan

    Lars De Haan New Member

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    Pace of play is a rather tricky issue. Do you tell marshalls/caddymasters to crack down on slow players? Possibly resulting in people staying away?. Or don't do anything and you will possibly face the same consequence. There's recently been a research (i'd link it if i had it handy) that suggests the shorter a player ''gets ready'' (e.g stance, practiceswings etc..) the less likely said player is to hit a decent ball, Which ofcourse results in more total swings and more time spent on finishing a hole. Ready golf is a great way to save time, but only if all players on the course do so.
     

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