Slow play (see videos): Will it ever end?

Slow play is a big problem. At least that is what many people think.

Below I have found a few videos (most of them from 2019) where the players are playing veeeeeeeery slowly.

1. Bryson DeChambeau.

2 minutes and 26 seconds for a putt:

2. Kevin Na.

1 minute for a drive (herunder 6 practice swings and 10 half backswings/wiggles):

 

3. Jilian Bourdage.

1 minute and 30 seconds for a 3 foot putt:

4. J. B. Holmes.

79 seconds for a putt:

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What do you think? Is it OK that they play so slow? Why should we be in such a hurry – shouldn’t we enjoy golf? Should there be any difference in pace of play for amateurs and for professional players (who play for a living)?

Feel free to leave a reply below about slow play – herunder if you have any ideas about how we could solve this problem.

/Brian

-> Tip: See this video from Oswald’s Golf Rules School (about good player conduct).

3 Comments
  1. W.J. Mills says

    Golf can be played as a “sport” or as a “game”. Its a sport if you walk (with or without a caddy), are ready immediately to play your shot, and play by the USGA rules. Typically the sport of golf should be played in less than 4 hours (that’s 13+ minutes per hole). Golf can also be played on the same venue as a “game”, whereby players ride in a cart with a cooler, a range finder, ignore the rules and piss around looking for lost balls in penalty areas. Unfortunately most golf courses will not distinguish difference playing times for those that want to play the sport of golf from those that are just interested in the game of golf. And that will continue until the sportsmen demand something better.

  2. Katherine says

    Pace of play is indeed an issue and will continue to be so until players are penalized by strokes as opposed to fines. What I don’t understand is that the LPGA has penalized players with strokes so why can’t the PGA.
    I am wondering if we take away all yardage books and greens books and let the players have yardage finders, it would eliminate the need to ponder and re-ponder over a shot. The players would actually need to use their eyes and brains!

  3. K says

    Pace of play is indeed an issue and will continue to be so until players are penalized by strokes as opposed to fines. What I don’t understand is that the LPGA has penalized players with strokes so why can’t the PGA.
    I am wondering if we take away all yardage books and greens books and let the players have yardage finders, it would eliminate the need to ponder and re-ponder over a shot. The players would actually need to use their eyes and brains!

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