I have the privilege of watching the best players in the world play golf form inside the ropes. I have witnessed some of the best ball strikers in the game hit shots from only a few feet away. So I have an idea of how the game is supposed to be played.
Now with that being said, I have to call out those golfers who have allowed professional golf to ruin recreational golf. Slow play has been an enemy of golf for years. Nothing is more frustrating that playing behind a slow group. It’s hard to get into a rhythm and that in turn affects how you play that day.
For example, a 25 handicap player hits a decent drive on a long par 5 and has about 260 yards to the green. Instead of playing to the percentages and hitting a lay up shot he decides that he is going to hit the shot of his life and go for the green. So he stands in the fairway with his 3 wood and waits for the green to clear ahead of him. Meanwhile your group is standing on the tee box waiting to hit your tee shot and you are wondering what the heck he is doing. After all with 260 left to the green he could hit a bucket of balls and never reach it. So after a lengthy delay he addresses the ball, takes a mighty swing and tops it about 30 yards.
After following PGA Tour players around the course and watching how they play the game, I realized that as a recreational player I am supposed to suck! They do this for living and they do it well. Go out enjoy yourself and remember that you’re not the only one out there playing. Have some consideration for other players. So pick up your 5th putt and move to the next hole.
"Keep it in the short grass"
Edward S. Wanambwa