As a start, ban the tedium on and near greens
After hitting the ball to wedge distance, when did it become sort of routine for a touring pro to walk all the way to the green, study it, then return to his ball? (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Nov. 8; Nov. 7; (“It’s time to call foul on Tour’s stall tactics,” Nov. 6).
A conversation with his caddie generally ensues, and grass clippings are tossed into the air. A club is selected, then rejected, then selected again. More discussion follows, before the little black book is pulled for the third or fourth time from the back pocket. Ad nauseam. So why the walk to the green? (Jordan Spieth, are you listening?)
Doesn't the book show green contour, where to “miss,” collection areas, etc.?
I realize that there's a great deal of money at stake, but really? This tedious process needs to be restricted or eliminated by the PGA Tour or the USGA. It might provide only a tiny dent in the slow-play issue, but every dent counts.
That sounds like the other guy, but not me
The real problem with slow play is with the average duffer, not the pro.
They fiddle with their head covers after every shot, sit in their cart until they have to hit – phones! – beverage carts, hawking for balls and, of course, the necessary 16 practice swings.
Courses need to use rangers and have them aggressively move people along. Teach people that it's OK to let faster players play through.
But unfortunately, no one thinks that he is a slow player. An “acceptable” 4½-hour foursome round is slow.
St. Augustine, Fla.
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