A Top Ten List From Charlie Rymer
By Torleif Sorenson on 6/4/13
During the month of June, the people at Golf Channel are promoting "Pace of Play Month" — a fine idea given the general outrage across the game over slow play. Perhaps the biggest episode this year that has caused tournament organizers to clamp down was the insufferably slow Monday finish to the PGA Tour's stop in San Diego in January, when it took three hours, 45 minutes to play 11 holes at Torrey Pines. Pace of play got a violent shove in the right direction when Tianlang Guan was penalized at the Masters, then the men's golf team from Texas A&M lost out on a playoff. Slow play at the NCAAs nearly cost Cal-Berkeley's Max Homa his individual title, too.
Golf Channel's Charlie Rymer has written a top-ten list of ways to speed up the pace of play. They are, in order:
For (3), this writer would have advised golfers to line up their putt while others are putting, assuming you're not away. But since this was a list of ten (a nice, round number), almost certainly you oobers can speak from experience and can cite other (perhaps better?) ideas.
What say you all?
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Play ready golf ANYWHERE on the course. However, be nice and ask if you're playing out of position.
Turn OFF your cell phone! OFF I SAID!! OFF!
If you're on the green and closest to the hole, and someone else is in a bunker, rake the trap for them, so they can more quickly be ready to putt.
If you're the first to hole out, grab the flag and replace it when everyone has holed out. (No re-do's or practice putts)
No ball hawking!
Bryan K says:
142 minus your handicap rating?
JP Ball hawking is trying to find golf balls on the course.
Played a tourney fri, they said do to a new rule, listening to an ipod or using a device that has the capacity to play music during a round was now in breach of a new rule, so that means anyone answering their phone in breaking the rule right? It also included using a device that was capable of giving wind speed and/or direction, which would include a cell phone right? The penalty was 2 strokes per hole and a 4 stroke per round maximum, I think, I turned my phone off anyway, but several of my playing partners answered texts and calls during those rounds. Who's the rule nazi that will explain this new rule to me?
I didn't understand the 142 minus your handicap either? I think a high handicapper would have problems finding any suitable tee at some courses.
That rule has been discussed in this thread. oobgolf.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5657&f3fdaeb7
But yes using a device with that has the capability of having an illegal tool is also illegal even if you aren't using said tool. So even if you dont have a "wind direction app" on your I-Phone. Texting your wife would be illegal because the phone has the capability to have that app.
I'm assuming he meant dont play from a tee where the rating is more than 142-hdcp.
I am sure that its perfectly fine for a scratch golfer to play the tips which are rated at 135, as apposed to either leaving and finding a different course or putting pressure on the course to create a new set of tee boxes.
Kurt the Knife says:
maybe he meant slope 142?
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