Every golfer has a pace of play that suits their game. I know that much talk has indicated that the professionals are to blame for amateurs taking their sweet time on the links, but I am not entirely convinced that this is the case. Without getting into a huge discussion, today, the complaints about slow professionals is purely economical and has nothing to do with everyday golf.
Having said this, I actually do not believe that changing a players pace of play actually hurts their game…..within reason of course!
Here is my arcs of fire relating to this topic. I normally play golf a 3.5 hours per round in a foursome. This is a comfortable pace for me and I remain cognizant about playing to this time. I additionally think that this speed is good for the course traffic and is something worth maintaining.
Using 3.5 hours as my benchmark, I have found that playing 30 minutes faster or slower does not normally influence my final score. Gaining or losing 1.5 minutes a hole is not a difficult thing to do on a golf course. It is as simple as having to look for a couple of extra balls or chipping in once or twice. Time is easily made up one way or another.
Outside of that 30 minutes, I have a real challenge staying interest (if it is too long) or keeping up. Then my score starts to be impacted.
Now, these timings apply to my game. If you are 4 hour player, then apply the 30 minutes to your game and you will find that your scored does not really change either way. I think you get my point about not affecting a persons game.
Professional golfers do take their sweet time playing I will have to admit. But, I do not believe they are the cause of slow play in amateurs. Much of the slow play is either lack of understanding of how to play golf or course situations were time is either added or subtracted. These, in my opinion, are the main causes for slow play on the course.
So the next time you on the links and feel that the pace of play is hurting your game, I suggest that you take a solid look at your watch. There is some slush timings on either side, but outside 30 minutes….then you might have something to complain about.
Unfortunately this issue will never be solve, but I can say that professional golfers are not always the ones to play for the slow pace of golf.
What do you think?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!