Originally Posted by AmazingWhacker
In my opinion - a round of over 4 hours constitutes slow play. If the sun is shining and the birds are singing - stll 4 hours. If you're the only group on the entire golf course - still 4 hours. If you got paired up with 3 naked super models . . ok, will make an exception there, lol, but you get the idea. 4 hours is plenty of time to play 18 holes. People can say that everybody needs to learn to just deal with slow play . .but even if it doesn't drive somebody off the course, it makes them less likely to return. Not only is it a waste of time, it's boring to wait on every shot when the course is backed up. Courses *should* want to fix this . .and it is, in my opinion, fixable.
The thing that really kills me about these "faux-pros" is that they don't even know what it is they're doing when they go through the intricate motions of thier pre-shot routine . .they are just copying what they see on tv. Instead of visualizing the shot, rehearsing a particular ball flight - or whatever it is that the pros are doing .. they are basically following a script . .stand behind it, drop arms to sides, stare meaningfully into the fairway, approach the ball, now back off, one more meaningfull stare out into space, 3 practice swings, a waggle (of sorts), etc, etc.
Then you will probably be dissappointed more often then not. Cause honestly if you were not given a watch, i don't think you could tell the difference between +/- 15-20 minutes. Humans are horrible at experiencing time. Our focus, concentration, diverts us from being able to tell time internally. Its like running on a tredmill, you get in a grove, you can bust through 10 minutes like it was 5 minutes, you start watching that timer, and 5 minutes feels like an eternity. if you went out with out a watch and we timed your rounds, and asked you if they were slow or not, by your 4 hour metric, you would be horrible inconsistent, especially if your golf game fluctuates as well. If your having a bad round i bet you'd think 4h30 minutes would be playing fast, because you would be so into your round and not focused on pace of play.
If you really cared about golf, three naked super models wouldn't bother you :p
Honestly, i think a lot of you guys must have some weird demographics when it comes to golfers, because i hardly ever see anyone do what you say there in that last sentence. There is this one guy i play golf with, he will take two practice swings, back off, and visualize his shot, if he's uncomfortable he might back off again. But honestly, that takes less than a minute. really, all that hoopla about long routines is an illusions because your paying attention to it. The really time killers are poor play, lost golf balls, and waiting around watching everyone else hit when you could be getting ready to hit. I never seen anyone go over a minute from the time they select there club till they hit the ball, never.
to me i think most people just pay to much attention to slow play, and it just makes things slower, its like watching a clock tick on by, or watching water boil.