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Should You Blame the Pros for Your Slow Golf?

Should You Blame the Pros for Your Slow Golf?

Should You Blame the Pros for Your Slow Golf?

It's not fair to blame pro golfers for your slow play on the golf course. This is your hobby. They get paid for this, among other factors.

It’s not fair to blame pro golfers for your slow play on the golf course. This is your hobby. They get paid for this, among other factors.

It’s human nature to try to mimic or imitate those we consider better at any craft. 

Many Little League baseball players step out of the batter’s box after every pitch because they see their Major League heroes do it first. However in golf, like with baseball and other sports, copying the antics of the pros — grown-ups paid handsomely often to play kids’ games — slows up games. 

So should amateur golfers blame the players they see on TV for their slow play?  I say nope. We’re all adults here and should know better. 

First, if you play 18 holes on a 6,200 yard course (which is average from the men’s tees), and the PGA Tour plays 7,500-plus yard courses — they are playing, just on average, an extra 1,300 yards of golf! 

That’s roughly four additional par-4 holes for you and I (Please, let that sink in.). Perhaps your weekend group plays 18 in four hours, but how long would it take to you all to play 22 holes?

“But the players on TV are better and play fewer shots, so they should play faster…”

Probably not. Even if they weren’t facing down the pressure millions on TV or that each shot could determine their current livelihood, future in the sport and self-respect and reputation, at the very least — they still have to cover the 7,500 yards walking.

And there are no carts on the PGA or LPGA tours.  Poor play is never a good excuse for slow play, either.

It’s their profession, but it’s your hobby. Imagine doing your current job for a prize of up to $1.5 million a week — or nothing at all. How deliberate might you be then as you pound away in your cubicle or at the work site?

Do the pros on TV play too slow? YES! 

But they have nowhere else to go that day! 

After most rounds they stay at the course and practice. Please, please, please remember: Again, it’s their job, and it’s your hobby. 

If it takes an extra hour for a chance at $1.5 million, are you telling me that you’d play fast even if it might cost you that kind of stash?

Listen to your local course ranger or master, not the PGA or LPGA's example. It's apples and oranges.

Listen to your local course ranger or master, not the PGA or LPGA’s example. It’s apples and oranges.

The golf world that they live in is so different from the weekend amateur to compare to that to blame the professionals for the dilemma of slow play is just plain wrong.

Ignore the time it takes them to play, and listen to the directives of your course professional and ranger. Now, it’s their profession to assist you with your hobby. Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise or plays in that manner is wrong because comparing you and your buddies on the 3-par muni after a day in the cubicle or work site is simply just not the same!

Not even close. And that’s fine. Just keep the facts and comparison in mind, be realistic, play on and have fun. 

Here are some simple bad habits on the golf course to avoid to speed up you game:

Golfers rank worst course habits that slow play down.

Golfers rank worst course habits that slow play down.


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