Pace of play reminders....

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By ScottyC50

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  1. ScottyC50
    Painesville, Ohio, USA

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    Check out these bag tags I got at the local golf show last weekend. I thought they were a positive step in the right direction. I consider myself a quick player and an advocate of fast play - the mantra on the HS team I coach is "you can play bad golf fast". Like the quick tips on the back. I believe slow play is one of the things that is killing our game. Your thoughts, Team Titleist members?

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  2. Dave N
    Lady Lake, FL

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    Nice tag, can't read the right pic, but I still like it.
  3. J.R. F
    La Porte, IN

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    Most of the slow players wouldn't think these would apply to them.
  4. Richard H
    Joplin, MO

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    I've played 18-hole rounds as a single where I've shot well into the 90s and finished in 2 - 2.5 hours. I absolutely agree with you. In all honesty, if golfers would set their expectations to match their level of skill pace of play would likely be a non-issue.
  5. Rooster
    West Wareham, MA

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    I think every bit helps. Just seen earlier that USGA and RGA want to revamp handicap system. Want to make it fairer and easier for everyone to have one. This could help slow play. Based on handicap, it would indicate where you tee off. Nothing I hate more is seeing golfers play the tips. When it is obvious they don't belong there. They give you the hey we paid our money line when you ask why are you playing from there. I think a further problem is that tee's should be yardage based. Right now the correct yardage for some male golfers might be at the red tee's. They wont even think of playing them because those are for women. If touted as play the yardage for your handicap. Then the appropriate tee will have golfers, male and female, playing together based on handicap..
  6. Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

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    Rooster said:

    I think every bit helps. Just seen earlier that USGA and RGA want to revamp handicap system. Want to make it fairer and easier for everyone to have one. This could help slow play. Based on handicap, it would indicate where you tee off. Nothing I hate more is seeing golfers play the tips. When it is obvious they don't belong there. They give you the hey we paid our money line when you ask why are you playing from there. I think a further problem is that tee's should be yardage based. Right now the correct yardage for some male golfers might be at the red tee's. They wont even think of playing them because those are for women. If touted as play the yardage for your handicap. Then the appropriate tee will have golfers, male and female, playing together based on handicap..

    As I read your suggestion I happen to have a scorecard from a local muni where I play and as most folks would say the munis have the slowest players. Never judge a book by it's cover. I play in a mens league, or should I say a senior and super senior league. If anyone in our league plays over four hours we get highly upset. I am one of the younger guys at 71. Our league plays from the gold tees which is designated the senior tees, which is for golfers who hit their drives 175-200 yards and there are some of us who could move back to the white tees but that is the standard for the league to move play along. I think most courses have this printed on the cards as recommended tees for golfers but most golfers think they can hit the drives consistently in the fairways farther than they can. I would like to pay the average golfer a dollar for how far they actually hit it and then they pay me for how far they think they can hit it, before they tee off. I could make a pretty amount in the difference. Everyone thinks they can hit it over 250+ in the middle. Afterall, golf is about who can hit it the farthest, not who can get it in the hole the least amount of times. I would much rather have a birdie that a 275 yard drive. That drive doesn't count on the scorecard. I have worked as a ranger and starter and it is amazing. Our card reads: Blue tees (6417 yds): Expert - White (6125): Drives, 200-235 - Gold (5169): Drives 175-200 - Red (4611) : Drives 150-175. Built in 1929. Lots of live oaks, long leaf and loblolly pines, not a long course, but lots of sand, water in play on tweleve holes, depending on the tees you are hitting from. So 90% that are not regulars tee it up from the blues and hit their first tee shot about 185 to the right out of bounds or pull it left and out of bounds on the driving range. Slow play is ego, a mental thing, I have a right to be here, and watching too much golf on TV. Most want to play like Tiger, DJ, Justin, or any of the big names but do not want to take the time to learn properly. Just buy a club and go hit it. They can revamp the handicap system all they want but until you change peoples attitudes about the game and golf etiquette, nothing will change, because those guilty parties do not even have a handicap. With respect to all levels of golfers. Cheers, and picking up the pace would be greatly appreciated.
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    I play pretty fast. I also try not to worry too much about what other people choose to do, and I hope they will do the same. There is enough stress in the world. I am not interested in stressing about golf...
  8. Luke R
    Hamden, CT

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    Great tag! It is an issue that needs to be addressed for sure.
  9. Dale V
    Escondido, CA

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    Great! Keep them moving. Nothing I hate more than standing over a shot for 5 minutes waiting for the group in front.
  10. JAM

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    Great idea. It would be a reminder for all golfers. If the golf courses handed out the bag tag or asked the golfer if they would want a bag tag, at the time of payment, its would have to help. Thanks for sharing.
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    Scotty,

    Could you send a clearer picture of the tag? But nice idea anyway. While I agree with Rooster that every little bit helps, I think that the thought that people will play the tees that are appropriate for their handicap is a bit naive. I currently do not have an official handicap since I do not play in any tournaments or events that require me to have one. This means that I play from the tees that I feel comfortable playing from. Last year I had a serious shoulder surgery and since then I seem to have lost some yardage. This has meant that I have gone from the "mens" tees at 6220 yds down to the "senior" tees at 5600 yds. This move was done because my scores were in the low 80s from the whites and now they are in the upper 70s and not because of any handicap that I calculated for myself. I'm sure that there are plenty of weekend players that aren't really interested in what their handicap is and will play whatever tees they want regardless of what the course says they should play. I agree that pace is an issue and have been caught behind player/groups that are slow. Many times I've had to just skip a hole to get in front of these people. But players will play how they want and the rest of us will just have to endure. Fairways and greens.

    Mark F
  12. ScottyC50
    Painesville, Ohio, USA

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    Here's a clearer picture....
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  13. Lance P
    hillsborough, NC

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    Thanks for posting the clearer pic.
    Now let's all do our part for the POP!
  14. Bobby S
    Chapmanville, WV

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    I think you should keep it moving, but I also feel that I'm not getting my money's worth if I play to fast.
  15. Frank P
    Port St. Lucie, FL

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    Hey Chuck, great post. You hit the nail on the head my friend. Another way that I like to put it is if you need more than a hybrid for your 2nd shot on most par 4's' you're playing from the wrong set of tees.

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