Would Speeding the Pace of Play Increase the Number of People Who Play Golf?

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John Mummert/U.S.G.A.

For years, golf has struggled with its image as a fuddy-duddy sport for the elite that is, above all things, very, very slow.

More than four million golfers have given up golf in recent years, and the primary culprit, researchers say, is the tedious pace of play.
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  • John Patton

    I have played golf pretty much my whole life, and have recently stopped playing as much for this very reason. The question is always: would I rather play golf or play tennis? It is usually the latter.

  • http://wellplayed.us/ Dan Laukitis

    Lately I feel the same, especially because of preferring to be home with the baby. But I have always been one to enjoy going to the range for 45 mins, or playing 9 or 4 holes, and not getting caught up in rigidly thinking 18 holes is the proper way to play golf. Often people are using 18 holes as their measuring stick: how do they measure up to their expectations, standards, etc. That’s fine but I prefer to focus on each shot – how well did I concentrate, make a plan and execute that plan. How did it feel? etc. The USGA realizes this problem, where golf is competing for people’s time, and is pushing its “Time for 9″ initiative. Maybe this will have a broader impact on golfers’ attitudes about what they can get out of golf.

    • John Patton

      I think if there were a course that I joined as a member I would probably take this approach as well, Dan.

  • http://wellplayed.us/ Dan Laukitis

    My pledge dad and captain of our college golf team, a good friend, does this thing where he counts his good shots, as opposed to counting all his shots for the round. “Today I had 9 good shots.” I do a similar thing but count how many shots I think I actually concentrated. It’s usually very few, unfortunately.

    • M. B

      I like this! I will start implementing it. Personally, I enjoy playing 9 holes, especially when I have other commitments that day. I get my fill and feel less guilty for the amount of time spent in the course.