Every golfer knows players who are agonizingly slow. These golfers take multiple practice swings. They waggle the club, waggle again and then waggle some more. Next, they step away from the ball to make sure they are properly aligned with the target. Finally, they manage to make a shot, only to repeat the process on the next shot.
Very few things are more frustrating than playing with a really slow golfer or playing behind a slow group. When a four-hour round turns into a five or six-hour round, it makes for an agonizing round.
You would think that the PGA would be different, but it turns out that the PGA has its own problems with slow players. And they’re doing something about it. Notable slowpokes, according to GolfPunk include:
- J.B. Holmes
- Bryson DeChambeau
- Ben Crane
- Jason Day, and
- Jordan Spieth
Here’s an example of Bryson DeChambeau’s pre-swing setup:
The PGA is Now Clamping Down on Slow Play
Slow players (repeat offenders) will be subject to the following:
- The Observation List
The name is essentially a euphemism for The Slow List, and but this new group of names will include all players on Tour who, over a 10-tournament rolling period, take 45 seconds or longer to hit a shot when it is their turn. Why 45 seconds? According to 14 million shots worth of ShotLink data, the slowest 10% of players on the PGA Tour average 45 seconds or more to make their next stroke, regardless of where that stroke takes place. (Source: Golf.com)
- Timing will be kept by officials on-site
- The Observation list will not be publicized
- Player’s who routinely violate slow-play guidelines will be fined. Fines can be $20,000 – $50,000.
Unless players want to forfeit considerable sums of money, it will be in their best interest to pick up their speed of play.