After the "Golf-Sixes" at the weekend, there has been much talk about the speed of play and how the stopwatch had players getting on with their shots. There has also been plenty of talk of late on how today's best players have reduced most courses to pitch & putt, resulting in competitions pimping up the greens to make the courses more difficult. This then results in players taking far too long over 3 footers and so the ever-increasing 5-hour rounds are endured.
With all these ingredients thrown into the pot, it got me thinking about how I would walk 18 holes back in blighty in 3 hours with a half set and a lightweight bag. I didn't need 14 clubs and to be honest, these days I only carry 12 and end up not using a couple of clubs in my bag by the end of the round (I play off 10 btw... sometimes). I see guys I play with now shooting 90+ carrying 4 wedges and they can't even hit one of them properly, It's bloody ridiculous.
My buddy who's a caddy on the Asian Tour mentioned the other day, that his bag weighed 25kg at the start of his round the other week in KL. You would be asked to re-pack that at the airport these days, as the baggage handlers would sue the airport for unfair working practices. Think about it, twenty-five kilos, how's a caddie going to nip round in under 4 hours if he's carrying dead body parts around with him.
So here's my solution for speed golf and at the same time, more interesting and creative golf tournaments.
- Before each round, players can only select 10 clubs
- Tour players only allowed 6 balls, if they lose them all, they get DQ'd
- Caddies use lighter & smaller bags
- Any lagged putts that finish within 3 feet of the hole must be finished off without marking
Pretty much that's how most people use to play golf anyway 20 years ago before they watched players throwing grass around, lying on greens and checking yardage devices every 5 seconds. It's time to strip back and get back to basics, instead of making courses harder and harder for high hdcp golfers.
Chip in with your thoughts please - dapper dan morby - www.balls.world