The end of slow play??

Traminator

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I hope it made more sense on Facebook 🧐😉
Saw this on FB,

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As soon as it goes back to 3 and 4 balls the pace of play will drop , it’s quick right now because of - bunkers , pins , not searching for balls too much , 10 min 2 ball gaps etc , all things put in place to allow lots of spaces on the course but it’s with restrictions with many clubs only allowing members a certain amount of games a week etc.

The minute we go back to comps and 4 ball social games etc the time it takes to go around will increase.

It’s nice the pace of play at the moment but it’s also a false hope
 

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I doubt many courses that rely on visitors and societies to bolster their finances would survive if 2 ball golf became the norm.
Yes, rounds are faster but not that much to make up for losing out on revenue from 3 and 4 ball societies
It would also consign Foursomes, 4BBB etc to history....
What I do think the current climate shows is that, with correct spacing of tee times, rounds can be played faster if you're not standing around waiting. Obvious but now we have the proof.
 

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It would also consign Foursomes, 4BBB etc to history....

What I do think the current climate shows is that, with correct spacing of tee times, rounds can be played faster if you're not standing around waiting. Obvious but now we have the proof.
Foursomes could be gone for a while due to sharing the ball...

Not sure we have proof just quite yet because we haven't played 2 balls with "normal" starting gaps. But to be honest, if the gaps are shortened there will just be more people on the course so pace of play can probably only go in one direction... 🐌
 

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Foursomes could be gone for a while due to sharing the ball...

Not sure we have proof just quite yet because we haven't played 2 balls with "normal" starting gaps. But to be honest, if the gaps are shortened there will just be more people on the course so pace of play can probably only go in one direction... 🐌
You say that but apparently tennis is fine so what's the difference?
 

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Going back to the 1960's my old club had a 2ball/foursomes only rule until 10.30 am.
Gave the members a quick round until the visitors and 4 balls started at 10.30.
Foursomes was still a popular game then.
[For newbees foursomes are when two pairs play each other hitting alternate shots, not to be confused with fourballs or even the nondescript 'pairs']
 

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You say that but apparently tennis is fine so what's the difference?
When you play tennis you have to bring your own tennis balls and you are only allowed to touch with your hands your own balls - so they have to make their balls to make sure it’s theirs before picking them up.
 

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When you play tennis you have to bring your own tennis balls and you are only allowed to touch with your hands your own balls - so they have to make their balls to make sure it’s theirs before picking them up.
You could easily come up with some similar guidelines to play foursomes. i.e. only the owner of the golf ball touches it. They'd just have to tee it up for their partner on the odd holes and then back away again, or something.
 

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When we start up again [ hopefully next week ] we've to arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before tee time.
We should have our own clubs with us and change in the car park. More guidance to follow from the powers that be.
 

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Going back to the 1960's my old club had a 2ball/foursomes only rule until 10.30 am.
Gave the members a quick round until the visitors and 4 balls started at 10.30.
Foursomes was still a popular game then.
[For newbees foursomes are when two pairs play each other hitting alternate shots, not to be confused with fourballs or even the nondescript 'pairs']
I would vote for that.
 

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You could easily come up with some similar guidelines to play foursomes. i.e. only the owner of the golf ball touches it. They'd just have to tee it up for their partner on the odd holes and then back away again, or something.
Just use the Texas scramble rule.
Hit drive mark and pick ball up then next player Places and plays his own ball.
Carry on like that. Alternative shots.
 
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