In the May 2012 issue of Golf Magazine there is an article titled “Being Accountable” on page 53 by CBS Sports Analyst Peter Kostis. He states that “amateur golf’s biggest problem is the opposite of the problem in the rest of our lives (i.e. our fast paced lives): the pace of play is too slow.” He goes on to say that he has “heard people blame Ben Crane for slow play at their local course. People watch him play slow and they imitate it at their own course. Thats demonstrably false – the slow players at your local track have nothing in common with the way Ben Crane plays golf.”
The following is an email I sent to Golf Magazine in response to the subject article.
To Golf Magazine and Peter Kostis,
I agree that average and amateur golfers have nothing in common with the way Ben Crane plays golf. In fact we have nothing in common with any professional golfer who has the advantage of years of training, a caddy and an official to help decifer the rules. So, why should we be expected to play faster than professionals do. Oh wait, we do play faster. If 4 to 4 1/2 hours is reasonable for us then why is it not reasonable for professionals. From what I have been able to learn, 2 professional golfers usually take over 4 hours to play 18 holes and 3 golfers take over 5 hours. This is despite the mentioned advantages and the fact that they take 30 to 40 percent less shots.
Every golfer should take steps to play at a reasonable pace. Average and amateur golfers look up to professionals. They want to emulate what they see. Maybe when professional golfers set the example and speed up their play then maybe the rest of us will also.