"They don't play faster, they just pick up more frequently," Yates says about European golfers.
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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Myth: You should "wave up" the group behind you on a backed-up par-3
Reality: "The wave-up only slows play even more," says pace guru Bill Yates. "In fact, the groups are now physically closer to one another, and, ironically, even more congested than before." Worse yet, Yates says, the groups are brought within close proximity of one another, which can create tension.

\nMyth: You should keep up with the group ahead of you
Reality: "Starters tell you this on the first tee all the time, but the goal should be to keep the separation between groups constant," Yates says. "If you think of the first hole as a freeway on-ramp, when you focus on keeping up with the group ahead, you're essentially tailgating, and the constant separation between groups has been lost."

\nMyth: The Brits play faster than we do
Reality: "They don't play faster, they just pick up more frequently," Yates says. "I remember walking with a group at Prestwick. They were playing a match, and one side was out of the hole, so they all just picked up and went straight to the 17th tee. You'd never find that happening in America."

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