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"Guys out here play really slow, and they're not going to speed up"
By mustang6560 on 10/17/12
The pace of play on the PGA Tour is slow and it's only going to get slower. And according to Dustin Johnson, the only way to handle the frustration is to slow down his pace.
"Guys out here play really slow, and they're not going to speed up," Johnson said. "I can be miserable, play fast all day and wait, or I can slow down a bit, which can't hurt."

Johnson is still quick, and much quicker than most. He takes a little more time when he gets to the ball, waits a few seconds to pull the club from the bag. And he's taking more time on the green, looking at putts from multiple sides of the hole.

But that's what golf has come to in this generation. Instead of the faster players bringing everyone else up to speed, they have to downshift.
If the PGA Tour doesn't start penalizing slow play and players like Dustin Johnson start playing slower in order to not go crazy, then the pace of play will only continue to slow down, which is an unfortunate reality.

I recently played with a group of raisins and our group of four was back in the 19th Hole after three hours — and according to the head raisin, we played "slow". I'm really glad I played with them though because it showed me that you don't have to play a four or five hour round of golf to score well. I shot 81 playing with them, which tied my personal best!

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bducharm says:
Besides cost, the time that it takes to play golf is going to kill the game. How many of you have heard from grief your spouse because you are going to be gone 5-6 hours!!!
bkuehn1952 says:
Raisin - never heard that term but I am starting to approach that appearance (white grape version).
dottomm says:
@bducharm. You sound EXACTLY like my SO. Have we ever met?
Goodlow20 says:
Unfortunately for me, my schedule only allows for weekend rounds (every so often), but when I do play, my brothers and I usually play at 6:00 am and get around in less than 4 hours. Its the only way to avoid spending my entire weekend standing around waiting. (it also helps avoid the same comments I get from my wife regarding spending 6 hrs away from my daughter.)
mjaber says:
My wife is incredibly understanding when it comes to the length of a round of golf. She assumes that if I'm going to play golf, I will be gone pretty much all day. Unfortunately, due to financial considerations, my desire to spend more time with my wife and daughter, and doing stuff around the house, my golf was extremely limited. Hopefully, I will be able to rectify the situation by next year. My wife has also expressed a hope that my daughter, once she is a little older, will decide to play golf, freeing her up for most of a weekend day to do whetever she wants while we (my daughter and I) play.
bducharm says:
@dottomm - I don't believe so, I'm just repeating what I have heard in the past!
birdieXris says:
@bducharm - i've already heard that myself. Went out while the wife was supposed to be working. SHe worked 9-1, i was supposed to golf 8-1 at most. Around 2:30 i got a text saying "where are you". I didn't know there was a scramble on the course. Really though --- even for a scramble--- a 7 hour round!!!! 7 HOURS!!!!
falcon50driver says:
My buddy and I got out this morning at 8:00 am just before the weekly dogfight guys, so it was clear sailing with no one ahead. We finished at 10:30 and I thought my buddy wasted a lot of time telling me stories instead of hitting.
mmontisano says:
i'm not a slow player, but i recently played with someone who is a REALLY fast player and it knocked me off my game a bit just trying to keep up with him.
dartboss04 says:
There are so many factors, time spacing between groups, wrong tees, lost balls, etc, but I find the biggest issue both when waiting on groups, and even within my own group, is on the green. Putting routines are out of hand. No one is ever ready, and people read putts like they are ryder cup clinchers. I get so antsy waiting for people. Read the putt while others putt, do a little routine, and putt the ball.

I am never worried about myself as I play fast. If I am playing with a new person, they will comment on my pace of play 9 out of 10 times, and most of the time have to apologize for talking during one of my tee shots. It never bothers me as I don’t pay attention. It’s actually something I pride myself on. I’d rather be the speedy guy that just gets up and hits it, versus the contrary. However, even as a fast player, I am always congnizant of slow play within my group and it is a frequent cause of anxiety.

What pisses me off most is the one or two times during a round where I’d like to spend more
GBogey says:
Agree with Dartboss - speed around greens (along with time looking for balls way too far to be found) are my two biggest pet peeves. I don't consider myself fast, probably average, but when it comes my time to hit around the greens I typically have my read and all I have to do is my practice swing and then hit the ball. The number of times I see guys reading 30 foot putts like they have an 80% chance to make, and then they remark their ball as opposed to putting out the 3 footer. Had to get that off my chest!
legitimatebeef says:
Aww not this crap again.
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