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How to Pass the Time if You’re behind Slow Play

Posted on 9th Mar 2012 @ 10:47 AM

The other day, I was reading GolfDigest.com and I found a very amusing list. Their writers wrote a funny and relevant piece about the 18 Most Annoying Golf Partners. All of the examples on the list seem to result in one thing for the group behind- slow play. This got me thinking. What if you aren’t the partner, but if you’re stuck behind the foursome playing with one?

So, if you’re stuck behind a group moving slower than you want, for whatever reason, here are some fun time-passers that can help move the day along (even if your golf game isn’t):

  • Tee Box Tricks: Who hasn’t played a game of tee box croquet from time to time? If you haven’t played before, this game involves challenging your playing partner/partners in a match to see who can hit the tee markers with their ball. Read more details about this game here.
  • Bouncing the Ball: We’ve all seen the trick videos of someone using a 7-iron to bounce the golf ball without letting it touch the ground. Why not develop that skill for yourself? Practice this trick, and as you get better, challenge your partners to see who can go the longest.
  • Mulligan an Entire Hole: Only do this one if there's not another group behind yours! If you have time, give your group a redo on a hole to let the slower group get farther ahead, and add more space between your teams. It’s up to you which scores count, if you’re keeping track of that kind of thing.
  • Stay Loose: If you’re waiting longer to swing than anticipated, your muscles may begin to tighten up. A golf club provides perfect resistance for stretching. Don’t worry about how it looks, you’ll be thankful you stayed limber, and it will speed up your game by limiting practice swings.

Regardless of how good of a golfer you are (or think you are) slow play is an inevitable part of the game. The next time your afternoon isn’t moving as quickly as you want it to, just be thankful you’re not stuck in the office or on the couch. And, lest we forget, we should all be thankful on days of slow play that golf changed from 22 holes to 18 in 1764.