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1, Get rid of the Caddies.2, Play the ball where it lies or take a drop under penalty3, Trollies allowed.4, Issue strokesavers for yardages, no pacing. 5, Referees to enforce time penalties.Same for the men.
Fantastic win for the women. Great theatre. I’m 74, lost my single figure handicap on my 69th birthday but still play off 11 and can get round most courses in a 3 ball in well under four hours. Golfers watch the telly. They see the experts taking forever. They think taking forever is going to make them better players. So they take forever. If the pros don’t sort this out, the game is doomed.
Slow play doesn’t put people off. Lack of money and time does. Is there any research on how many successful golfers have parents who have money and/or are already club members. I love playing now but didn’t start till I was 48. I had three very healthy and active young children and I thought they were far better off playing more athletic and vigorous games.
I watched every session but something is really puzzling me right now - If there were 90,000 spectators at Gleneagles, where were they ? Perhaps they were in the tented village sampling the whisky because the certainly were not on the golf course. Even at the closing ceremony there were only 2,000 visible from the high camera.
hackerjack: you ought to read the article. It said the selection showed the LACK of strength in depth.
Excellent entertainment but oh so slow particularly Saturday afternoon, the caddies are far too influential, you only needed to listen to some of the comments caught on the mic. Referees must do the job they are there to do, one warning, then a one shot penalty, then loss of hole, whoever it is. Consistency would ensure play speeded up and future players might be encouraged to play, if only.
Slow play is not acceptable when watching top level men's golf, why would you watch slow play at a lower level.
Please use this magnificent victory to build a legacy for the future. My daughters won't play because 4-5 hrs is too long. 3 hrs you have a fighting chance to encourage the next generation and compete against other sports and immediacy of social media. Need to sell golf as a lifelong skill for outdoor activity, friendship and incredible highs .
Forgot to say the wind on Saturday on the ninth, where I sat , was blowing a gale. I dressed for the artic.The players were amazing in that weather many a man would have crumbled
My husbands played golf for 46 years I've played for 30. We spent 3 days supporting the eu team.Women's golf is unrecognisable to what it was 30 years ago.They are athletes, tremendously skilled world class golfers.The whole crowd revelled in those days I saw the final putt everyone was ecstatic Lots of men there wanting their daughters to play the game too
#274@Loveclose..Actually I think they were just scared to "Get On With It"..If I or any of the folk I played golf with started that (& we play on a usually windy stretch of the coast) I'm thinking I'd end up on the hole myself with them already teed off on the next😉
AMERICA v EUROPE------------SO SO boring !! How can 'support' Europe ? How about North of the World v South of the World. Can't you see how pathetic that looks ? GET REAL !!!
I was going to comment two days ago but I lost the yardage chart to my keyboard.
@ Mikec:Funny you should say that.... I thought they had too.Only the number of players that kept walking away from balls on the green that were wobbling in the wind....clearly scared of grounding the putter in case of incurring penalty.This was one of the major factors that added to slow play.That and the indecision caused by severe gusts of wind.
TV coverage does do justice to the slow play. When you watch it live it is mind numbing and infuriating. The only thing it inspires you to do is go home and watch it.
Sadly this is like championing a mid-table premier league side for winning the League Cup. Yes it was a great finish and some very good players were on show, but most of the world's best were not. Your laughable assertion that selecting a mostly retired player shows off the strength in dept is just wrong, all it shows is that a former player can match todays with almost no practice.
Slow play is down to one factor on all the tours, not the course, weather or Caddies, it's the Players.They do not realise they owe a debt to the game that supplies them (the top men) with a millionaire lifestyle.They have a moral duty to hand the game over to future generations in a better state than they found it.In years to come this great game will wither & die unless they speed up.
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