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Golf Australia Express : Issue 36
SLOW PLAY. For players of public courses it’s all too often the norm. On private courses it sparks talk of mutiny— the archetypal image of four golfers standing in a loose group, one leaning against a club as the sun slowly heads towards the top of the pin on the previous green. Ahead, the next group deliberates over every putt, rehearses swings several times before each shot and cards their score on the green. Behind, the entire course groans at the tedium and pushes everything back several hours. Onadaysuchas that a round can take upwards of five hours, and never was the site of a clubhouse more welcoming. In a game so dependent on headspace, a slow round plays havoc with the outcome. It’s more of a distraction than wind and rain combined. Then every step is measured, noted and marked on the account of the distant whoever- it-is holding the whole course up. Should paths THE FRUSTRATIONS OF WAITING DURING A SLOW ROUND ARE SHARED BY ALL—EXCEPT THE DAMN CULPRIT, WRITES WILL HONE. READY, SET, SLOW with Will Hone IN HONING ever cross, such a debt is sure to be conveyed in a glance—but all too often the conveyor of course- wide slowness appears blissfully unaware that there could be a problem anywhere in the world. Everyone has experienced it. No-one likes it. Yet it still happens. And when it does, an avenue for action is a welcome relief. One avenue is landing a ball in the middle of said group in front, but this rarely works out well. Another might be provided by setting up a complaints wall on the internet—no-one would read it, but thousands would write their opinions there each day. A third and decidedly more old-school way of dealing with the chronologically challenged is to get all Zen and see there is no difference between a slow round and a quick round. Then, at the very worst, you’re surrounded by grass and trees. There are birds and you can feel the gentle breeze on your cheek. Occasionally you get to hit a golf ball. Sometimes it goes where you thought it would. Everything in the universe is at peace and in order. Apart from the bloody group in front! OTG Inagameso dependent on headspace, a slow round plays havoc with the outcome. It’s more of a distraction than wind and rain combined. TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS