Shot Clock Masters

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By Chuck Z

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  1. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    Am watching the Shot Clock Masters this morning and finding it rather interesting. Something that definitedly speeds up the game of golf at the professional level. What's your take on their desire to speed up play at this level?

    The first player in every group will have 50 seconds to play any given shot, from there each subsequent player will have 40 seconds to play. Players will be hit with a one-shot penalty each time they take longer than their allotted time for the shot, and those penalties will be indicated by a red card against their name on the leaderboard. Each player will also be allowed two 'time-outs' per round, which will give them twice the time to play their shot.

    It is hoped that the new format will cut round times by approximately 45 minutes.

    Innovation Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour, said: "The 2018 Shot Clock Masters will be a fascinating addition to our schedule. Not only will it help us combat slow play and reduce round times, it is also further evidence of our desire to embrace innovation."

    While Austrian player Bernd Wiesberger said: "With this change, there will be much more attention from the international sports media during the tournament.

    "The new Shot Clock format is an ideal way to focus on the issue of pace of play. The game of golf should definitely be faster and therefore this is a step in the right direction."

  2. Jonathan L

    Jonathan L
    Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear

    It is a great idea to see how the players manage with it and how it effects their scores. Not sure it would be implemented throughout the European Tour in general, at least not yet, but its definitely a good start to trying to reduce round duration.
  3. Lance P

    Lance P
    hillsborough, NC

    If slow play has filtered down from the pros, then perhaps faster play can too!
    (We can dream, can't we?)
    I applaud the Euro Tour for their innovations.
  4. colin b

    colin b

    Looks a great process and you can actually see the pros begin to get ready much much quicker before their time even starts to countdown in some cases
  5. Keith M

    Keith M
    Acworth, GA

    Interesting concept. It's also something that could be approached like baseball in some aspects. In the minors, they have the pitch clocks. As kids move through the ranks, they get used to playing faster.

    Same could be done with junior leagues and tournaments. Put the kids on a shot clock early and they'll get used to playing faster as they move up the ranks. It should also be done on the tour for the same reason, but that's just my opinion.
  6. David T

    David T
    Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

    Apparently slow play start with the juniors emulating what the pros do and by the time these kids get to the college ranks pace of play is brutal!
    For the average player to look at a putt from 6 different directions and then do Aimpoint on top of that is just ridiculous.
    Slow play is killing this game and to change it you have to start with the pros.
    Hopefully this will filter down to the rest of us.
  7. Rick D

    Rick D
    Weston, WI

    David: Slow [or fast] play can definitely be a learned practice. I recently followed a foursome that really wore me out. A father/son paired with a married couple they didn't know. The lady had a knee in a brace and had to walk around to the green approaches to take the least hilly route off, limping badly. Still, she was the one who had to go pick up the flag and put in back in hole while the father/son and her husband walked to their carts. The kid was a snail. Would wait to put on his glove until he'd teed up his ball, did everything except be ready to play "ready golf". After I rolled a couple into them, the husband started tending the flag and was obviously trying to get the snail family moving. Nothing moved those guys. The kid learned it from his father. The 18th hole is a 265 yard par 4. When I landed my tee shot on the side of the green the kid was still on the other side, turned to look at ball, then me. His father FINALLY said something to him and he walked off. I was so wanting to meet them in the clubhouse, but they got in their car and left before we were done.
  8. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    I used to play with an older gentleman who was a putter to be admired. In his day his was a legend up and own the east coast with his short game having hustled the likes of Sam Snead and Ben Hogan. Most folks did not enjoy playing with him, because there were not grey areas and he was short tempered when it came to slow play. I loved this guy and learned alot from him when I was learning this crazy game. One thing he always said about putting was not to over analyze your read. The ball only breaks one way and once you see it the first time, step up to the ball and stroke the ball. It really irritated him when we played with people who took three or four reads and still missed their putts from under six feet. I can still hear him &%$ @#&& idiot watches too much TV. He was a plum bopper and I still practice that. I waste no time on the greens. Juniors look up to the pros as mentors, so that is where the examples in golf are being set. If Ricky stands over a putt for a minute, it must work. With respect to all those great guys on the tour. I only wish I could hit my ball that straight. Good luck in Memphis this week guys......if we were home visiting family, we would be out there supporting you.....
  9. JAM


    It is overdo. Slow play must be addressed and putting players on the clock is a great idea. The PGA is taking note for sure.

    My question is how do you do it for us? One slow group spoils it for everyone behind. Field Marshalls drive around in their carts, but, are hesitate to be firm with the slow players because they don't want to lose a customer by unsetting them.

    Is there an answer?
  10. Slow play is the biggest reason I stopped playing golf for a long time. Now that I'm semi retired and have more time it isn't as much of a problem to play. I see our local courses addressing this issue, but still lots of room for improvement. My home course is keeping rough, a little more friendly, reducing time spent looking for wayward tee shots. They are spacing tee times a little further apart reducing backups at bottle neck areas. We still see groups not playing ready golf, marking every putt, and just not being aware of the players behind them. Anyone else have any suggestions to speed up play?

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