Canyon Springs Senior Men's Golf Association (CSSMGA)
You Might Be a Slow Player If...
By Dirk F. Kingma
April 4, 2013
You might be a slow player if ... you refuse to leave the putting green until you have dutifully recorded each and every score on your scorecard. Please proceed to the next teeing ground and do your score keeping there so the group behind you can hit in.
You might be a slow player if ... you don’t even think about yardage or club selection until it is your turn to play. Please find your yardage and make your club selection while the previous player is hitting so you are ready to play when it is your turn.
You might be a slow player if ... you sit in your cart, which is 20 yards from your ball, until your cartmate hits, then you drive to your ball, get out of the cart, look for your yardage and go through your whole routine. Pleases get out of your cart, estimate your yardage, take the club you think you will use and one club shorter and one club longer, then walk those 20 yards and be ready to hit when it is your turn. Your cartmate can then drive over to pick you up. Oh, and by the way, hold those three clubs in your hand after your cartmate picks you up. It saves even more time if you wait and replace them when it is time to make your next club selection.
You might be a slow player if ... you wait until it is your turn to putt to study your line, plumb-bob from above and below, crouch down and do the Tiger-shade-the-eyes thing, and finally miss that 10 footer. Please get as much of your prep work as possible while others are doing the same – no, not while they are putting but while they are also lining things up. You can learn most of what you need to know just observing the other putts.
You might be a slow player if ... you find that your group is almost always “out of position.” This means that the group ahead of you is on the green of a par 5 before your group has played your tee shots, or you have an open par 4 before your group has cleared the tee. Never should any player take longer than 40 seconds to play a shot. Start the timing when it is your turn to play and there is nothing preventing you from playing.
In the immortal words of Tommy Bolt, “Miss ’em quick!”