1. Old Thinking: Perhaps someone in the club reads the full 76 page R&A manual, and forms an opinion on which bits would help and be accepted at their course. Minor steps are taken.
NEW GOLF THINKING: Each course declares a ‘DATA-BASED PROJECT’. The key issue, duration of round (DOR), is measured and recorded. A target is set to reduce average DOR by x minutes. Action is chosen from a ONE PAGE ACTION MENU of new tools to fix slow play that have been tested and proven. The more DOR reduction needed, the more actions needed. Players are emailed an electronic form to suggest the reduction needed, and the actions they’d accept to achieve it. The full menu will fix any slow play problem.
2. Old Thinking: Ignores the problem of ‘Group Behaviour’: how difficult it is for any one player to influence a playing group to keep/catch up.
NEW GOLF THINKING: Recognises this as a key problem: a player risks a rebuff, upsetting another who’s scoring well, upsetting their own game; decide its up to others of lower handicap/more senior to say something. So little is said, no action taken.
New Golf Thinking provides a solution: 4 new, overt “Timing Triggers” which help the group address the issue–wound-back clocks; 1hour trees; in-position points at each par 3; !st tee previews.
3. Old Thinking: Assumes repeating guidelines will solve any player’s slow play habits
NEW GOLF THINKING: Feedback is needed to fix behaviour. Smart-Play scorecards are issued showing the 10 most significant pace of play habits. Players can self-assess or get another to mark their card. And every player’s DOR is recorded and cumulative average DOR is calculated.