USGA produces pace of play videos21st November, 2013 by Tania Longmire
The United States Golf Association (USGA) has produced three celebrity-packed videos to tackle the pace of play on golf courses.
Slow golfers has been a major issue in golf for hundreds of years, although combating it was rated the number one trend of 2013.
The USGA has now produced three of six videos to tackle pace of play issues, which are aimed at educating both golfers and those who run golf courses.
The first is called Why traffic jams occur on the course.
The second is about how course setup impacts pace of play.
The third looks at improving pace of play around the green.
In due course there will be another three videos looking at ‘being prepared to hit’, ‘when disaster strikes’ and ‘alternative formats’.
“The USGA is making significant progress on addressing pace of play issues in the game, pursuing real solutions that consider all of the factors that contribute to longer playing times,” said USGA executive director Mike Davis.
“These videos bring the key challenges to light in an engaging and creative manner that will help meet our goal of educating and mobilising the entire golf community to understand the causes of slow play and to be part of the solution.”
The narrators for the videos are US celebrities host Matt Lauer, Robin Meade and 2004 US Senior Open champion Peter Jacobsen. Some of the country’s top teaching professionals, including Butch Harmon, also contribute to the video series.
“Pace of play is an issue, no doubt about it,” said Jacobsen. “From the pro game that I’ve been part of for many years right down to the friendly match at a local course, nobody likes a five-hour round. These videos do a great job in helping viewers understand that it’s not just about us golfers – it’s a problem with a lot of moving parts. I believe that collectively we can solve this and that’s why I decided to help out.”