USGA's "While We're Young" campaign a good step

While We're Young
The USGA
The USGA's "While We're Young" uses humor to take on a serious golf challenge
By John Kim
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 | 10:35 a.m.
Kudos to the USGA for tackling one of golf's most frustrating challenges - slow play.  Their "While We're Young" campaign is not only clever and fun, it has enough high profile cameos to give it a real potential for evangelizing an important message. 
 
Everyone has theories as to why it's a problem and how best to solve it. I read one account that compared it to traffic. It's always the other guy's fault. Maybe every other car is at fault. Certainly not you (or me). Regardless, I like that analogy. It certainly won't be a miracle cure - but it's a step.  That step is important.
 
For those that haven't seen them, here they are.  And let's all agree to be more conscientious about pace of play the next time we get out.  You'll appreciate it from the group ahead of you. And I promise, the group behind you will appreciate it too. 

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Comments

bradlistsell

I agree, we all should be aware of our speed of play. However, the PGA needs to also talk to the PUBLIC Golf Course Owners. SOMETIMES THAT SLOW PLAYER IS A 80 YEAR OLD OR A BEGINNER. I try to be understanding in these cases. GOLF COURSES WANT MORE PLAY NOT LESS. Amateur play makes or breaks most golf courses from a profitability standpoint. Each player has their own pace of play. I have less understanding and more of a problem with experience players that takes to much time looking for their ball. Some PUBLIC GOLF COURSE OWNERS need to widen the fairways and shorten the ruff for the amateurs, this would do more to speed up play for all amateurs AND MAKE IT MORE ENJOYABLE then anything else they may or want to do. We all need to be courteous and practice proper golf etiquette. However, I BELIEVE THE BEST SOLUTION LIES MAINLY WITH THE GOLF COURSE AND MOWING, NOT THE PLAYERS-SIMPLE SOLUTION. This is a game, lets try to make it enjoyable for all.

dkatzidaho

This campaign is a HUGE mistake. This sport is already very inhospitable to its newcomers. Golfed last Friday morning with two other newer golfers (all have had lessons and golf a few times a year) and felt constant pressure to keep up the pace. One person in our party literally ran to and from the ball on a few holes out of fear that we might be holding up the people behind us. We didn't take time to search for any OB, tried only 2 over the pond if the first splashed, grabbed our wedges & putters to save time, and if we didn't get it in the cup in three putts we picked it up and left. I realized midway through that the rush, rush, rush was negatively impacting our enjoyment of the game. I think the PGA and the more experienced golfers should keep in mind that: 1) everyone starts as a beginner, 2) we paid the same amount to play, and 3) we're swinging three times as much and walking three times as far (even with carts, my pedometer clocked us as walking/running 5 miles). Give us a break! As long as we aren't standing around shooting the bull, encourage us!

desertfox74701

No Sue, I doubt I was in front of you, no you don't pick up your ball ( per the rules in golf) if I'm in a foursome and a single or a couple come in behind us we let them play thru, and if a group comes in behind us we let them thru as well, although that is usually very funny, because these folks that were playing at such a fast pace suddenly (when someone is watching) can't drive a ball 100 yards much less find a fairway and I have to wonder how they where moving along so fast? (Picking up the ball I guess, dropping a ball close to where they thought their ball was ect, ect, ect) and then as we watch them on the green they don't even putt out.
Sometimes I have my Daughter and her friend on the course and they are learning the game, we practice golf etiquette and let the faster players thru, just because faster players are on the course don't mean I have to take away from our game are there's..
I have nothing against the fast player, but the slow player is not a problem as long as they practice golf etiquette.
Beginners can play with seasoned golfers (without cheating) it's called the handicap system.!

sboxford

I think most of these people were in front of me at the course. They play like it's: 1. huge money riding on the shot. 2.they cannot afford to walk away from a lost ball. 3. they own the course. 4. etc, etc. A reasonable pace is fun for everyone. Slow play is only enjoyed by those playing slowly. Why don't they get it when groups are stacked up behind them and no one is in front? Be ready to hit when it is your turn, play one ball, chat while going to your next shot and don't be afraid to pick up the ball instead of beating it to death! Beginners can play with seasoned players if they move along.

IwasHondo

This is an insulting and terrible idea.
I do hope it gets the backlash that it deserves.

First - while YOU'RE young? Then have some respect for your elder - I AM ONE.
It is demeaning, rude and infuriating that YOU should tell me how to play.
GO HOME AND PLAY ON YOUR TV, or take you're little electronic device out and text your friends. Don't worry about getting old - because demanding as you are - I'll prevent that or slow you down by wrapping a driver around your neck.

Keep your mouth shut - and LEARN how to be patient and courteous to others. THOSE FEATURES HAVE ALWAYS MAIN FEATURES OF GOLF.

This is supposed to b an enjoyable and relaxing time...especially for those of us desiring (and deserving a little respite) from the world off the course. How dare you "rush" me from it. The fee's - substantial most everywhere - I pay should certainly allow me to play at my pace, my leisure, and most importantly WITHOUT YOU intruding.

A terrible, disrespectful thing to put in my face every few minute as I watch the programs - and support this industry - on TV. I'll tell you what - how about just refusing - (or maybe just all of us older/slower) players just giving it up...drop out memberships, - sell off our clubs - and take up something that welcomes us? Leave this one to the 21st century fast, fast, fast crowd. They are demanding we get out of the way, aren't they?

desertfox74701

I think it's a bunch of bull, if I'm playing slow because I'm having trouble finding my ball or whatever I will let you play through if you're in a hurry.
I did not pay $40 to $200.00 depending on the course to just blow through it! I don't understand these people that are just hurry hurry hurry go go go what enjoyment is that?
I'm not on a race track, it's not a race, You don't get to take strokes off for finishing first or finishing in the least amount of time!! It's Golf, you're supposed to enjoy the view, enjoy the moment, enjoy your company, enjoy the game! I can't enjoy the game if I'm rushing through every shot, every hole, every Tee Shot. If you just want to hit a bunch of balls in a hurry, go to the driving range!!!

maverick29681

Then why doesn't the USGA change the amateur rule for O.B.? Saturday at the course with everyone already running late and tee shot is found to be OB by a foot and has to return to the tee? Really? While We Are Young or how about a set of amateur rules?

cjwicked

I think this is a bad idea. I don't play slow. My average time for 18 holes is right at 4 hours. When I play golf I enjoy being out there. I'm not out there trying to get through as soon as possible. My oldest son wants to do 18 holes no slower than 3 hours and I hate playing with him, he is to the point of being rude to everyone in front of him. There are a lot of players like that and I get really irritated with people who are basically running the course. It makes the whole experience not enjoyable. This campaign is not going to help the game.

jmccann_1

I think it's a great idea. I am a 16 handicap and get around the course quickly. I get tired of the guys that take practice shots or play 2 balls. I would love to have one of those signs to wave at some of the guys that slow down play.

mattmunee

I may be the only person on the planet that thinks this campaign is a bad idea. The argument is that most active players are frustrated about the pace of play. Well, what does this do for people just starting? In my experience, slow days on the golf course are typically a result of people that just aren't that good. Getting frustrated with the newbies will just discourage them from the game (which already has a bit too much of an elitist connotation). Sure, everyone has their own pace, and there is always the guy who takes a few more practice strokes or takes a bit longer to get a line on his putt, but isn't that his right? Not everyone is Jason Duffner out here. I've played with a lot of guys that get pissed off at a five hour round, but I always say, "I've got nowhere better to be."