Not So Fast: Three things you thought you knew about slow play

Not So Fast: Three things you thought you knew about slow play

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

Myth: 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.”

Myth: 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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