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This is the "Powers-That-Be" (PTB) effort to improve pace of play on courses. I found the first few commercials tinny, insincere, and condescending.

Mainly because the campaign doesn't address the contributing issues. This campaign is the exact equivalent of a manager sticking his head in the door and yelling at the factory workers to "work faster" when he doesn't understand that maybe it is the process causing the delays, not the workers.

ITEM: I have never ever seen a golf teacher say one word about how to play smoothly. Do they tell you to be ready to putt? Do they tell you to take 2-3 clubs when walking to your ball since your power cart has to stay on the cart path?

ITEM: The courses themselves have to shoulder some blame. Serve beer from the cart? Then expect play to slow down! Space tee times too closely? Same result. Allow a foursome of 25HCPs to play from the tips?

ITEM: If golf's PTB's want faster play there needs to be another set of rules. The rules say I can return to the tee to re-tee an OTB tee shot. But don't try this, if you want to live, on a crowded weekend. Ditto with lost balls. Looking for lost balls for five minutes is just asking for the marshal to bear down on you.

A related problem is that having the marshal around ruins the round. The course needs to be very clear about its expectations and maybe give out information to folks on how to keep up without panic setting in.

There are signs....I am playing at more courses with 6-8 sets of tees....and some courses require power carts as distances are too long to walk....In Europe in some areas you can't play at all unless you have a minimum handicap....

There's a lot more to be said here, I'm sure....

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