August 09, 2019 at 05:23 PM
By Dino J
Dino JBurnaby, BC
I know that this topic has been kicked around plenty over the years on TT, but I thought that it might be interesting and relevant to see what TT members' thoughts are regarding the recent discussion about it.
Obviously Brooks Koepka has been quite vociferous in his thoughts, but he did make some thoughtful comments about preparation.
To paraphrase, his thought was that rather than wait for a playing partner to play their shot before starting your own "preparations", it was better to start your preparations as soon as you reached your ball and while your playing partner is playing their shot.
My thought is that I try to do this regularly as it speeds my game up, however, the drawback is that often times I do not see where my playing partner's shot goes. Many times, while playing, I get paired up with players that are not as skilled or have a tendency for a strong slice, etc. and then they "lose" their ball. Even if the search time is now 2 - minutes, it still creates a long round when it happens at least several times per 9 holes. I just find it quicker to keep watch for the other player's shots so that we can try and keep up. I can give them a general indication of the area that the ball landed in, hoping to minimize search times.
Nonetheless, it does create delays regardless. Thoughts?
Frank PSebastian, FL
August 11, 2019 at 01:06 AM
The trials and travails of the average golfer is not what slows down the round, it's what to do in the aftermath that's the problem. If you think that your ball is buried in the woods, then hit a provisional. If your in the water, take you proper drop and let's go ( And don't go fishing for the 8 other balls that you see in the water ). Play ready golf and be ready to go. We've all skulled a wedge across the green, left a ball in the bunker and chilli-dipped a chip around the green. No biggie, just gather yourself and play the next shot. You don't have to be a scratch player to play fast. I have a double digit handicap and usually play in about 3 1/2 hours and 3 if there is a constant hole open in front of us.
Lance PHillsborough, NC
Eric HRidgway, PA
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