After getting the opportunity to play 2nd team this weekend, I started to think about some of the information shared in the book Mr. Thomas Frank Jardanowski shared. Thank you Tom for sharing the book to keep me thinking about how much time I might be wasting during a round of golf.
First, "NO GOLFER THINKS HE IS SLOW! IT IS ALWAYS SOMEONE ELSE!" This is what I thought until I started reading and learning about time I waste on the golf course.
Looking at the numbers - the slow round takes shape when each of the players in your foursome wastes 15 (fifteen) SECONDS [yes, just 15 seconds…close your eyes and count to 15]. It does not seem too long does it? On the golf course think about putting your club away after a shot, by walking to the back of the golf cart; or you walk next to your playing partner talking stop and chat before walking across the fairway to your ball; it does not take much to waste 15 seconds per hole.
Let's do the math! Four players times 15 seconds is 60 seconds per hole or 1 minute. Do you know there are 18 holes? So, that makes a total of 18 minutes which you are behind the targeted pace of play. This is before anyone in your foursome has the misfortune of losing a ball in long grass or trees.
Hey! What is targeted pace of play? Think about this way… Par 4 holes take 12 minutes; Par 5 holes take 18 minutes; Par 3 holes take 9 minutes; on a par 72 course the total time estimated for 18 holes is 228 minutes or 3 hours 48 minutes. Oh my! No way could we play that fast…or could you?
Does your foursome waste 15 seconds a hole each? If so, the round would take your foursome only 4 hours 6 minutes. What the heck is going on during a 4 hour 45 minute round…How much time is being wasted? Where do those 60 extra minutes come from? Divide 60 minutes by 18 holes is 200 seconds or 50 seconds per player.
Start your stop watch to see how much time you waste per hole? 50 SECONDS?
"Ultimately, pace of play boils down to ATTITUDE. It requires CONSIDERATION, ORGANIZATION, EFFORT, and TACK."