Originally Posted by iacas
Dave, it was at The Players and we don't know Tiger lied about the marshal.
Additionally you can play ready golf and draw a club when it won't annoy the others. That I know. Especially when you don't have a crowd. :)
TPC, that's right...I was gonna edit it when I re-read my post. Thanks for the catch.
But I do remember the video showed the marshal said nothing to Tiger, nor did he ask the marshal anything, before drawing his club.
I guess it's always possible he asked the marshal before the camera was on him, or maybe there was an additional marshal on scene.
I do find it funny that you rarely see pros on the tee complain about noise from the previous green. Maybe I just haven't been watching closely enough and I missed it, but I think that would bug me more than it happening in a fairway.
But I doubt it's the noise that's slowing Tour players down anyway. I still think it's discussions with their caddie and over-analyzing shots. Add that to the fact that this is a growing problem that has been rarely enforced in the past, and you have an epidemic that bleeds into casual golf.
I taught Lisa to read putts quickly and trust her first instinct and now that's one part of her game that needs very little work. No, she's not putting for a million dollars, but I honestly don't think standing over a putt or another minute is going to give you a magic "hit it here" line.
I'd love to see an experiment. Round One, let golfers take as much time as they want on the greens reading their putts. Round Two, limit your reads to 10-15 seconds. Compare the number of putts. I'd bet for 90% of golfers there's little difference if any.
I'd also like to see, instead of a stroke limit before picking up on a hole, the USGA institute a time limit recommendation. If you've been on a hole for "X" number of minutes (they could easily put the time limits on the score cards for par 3's, 4's, and 5's) and you still haven't holed out (even if you're only on your fourth shot because you were looking for a lost ball) pick it up and move on so you're directly behind the group in front of you, or to the next tee, whichever is closer. Just another thought.