As we all hear, seemingly year after year, "How need to fix this problem?"
Is it really a problem? I know a round of golf can take a long time, but it's golf! It wasn't exactly designed to be played quickly, or even in any set amount of time (I would think a play clock would have been included if it were intended.)
I'm getting off track. Back to topic: Is it really a problem? Have you ever said "I don't want to play golf today because it might take 5 hours and 10 minutes instead of 4 hours and 25 minutes?"
We're constantly being taught to take our time with our swing; to not rush things, in order to play our best game. Should we not? We invest a lot of time and money into this game.
I feel like a lot of pace of play complaints come in the form about bitching about the group in front of you. Why does it bother you that the group in front you of you doesn't play as quickly as you do? Just play through. (full disclosure: it bothers me, too. I'm not being self-righteous here.) Pace of play isn't hurting anyone. Why is everyone complaining about it so frequently?
I have never heard anyone new to the game say they didn't want to continue because it takes too long. I've never known anyone to quit the game because they don't want to give up an afternoon on a golf course. So how is this a problem that is hurting the game? I'm beginning to suspect this is a problem contrived by TV networks because advertisers don't want to pay as much for ad time in fear that people won't be glued to their screens for several hours in this age of extremely low attention spans.
What do you think?
*I am a quick player (just two days ago I played 36 holes in 3:40.) But slow play doesn't keep me away.