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SLOW PLAY WARNING

Slow play is arguably the biggest issue in golf today.

I thought I’d provide some of my strategies during a slow round.  This article is NOT about speeding up play.  It is about taking advantage of the time that you are forced to wait.  These situations happen in tournaments, corporate tournaments, weekends on public courses and other scenarios where slow play is inevitable.  Your experience and your life is created by you, in your mind. Use this time to create the experience you want.

During a round, the moment I anticipate a wait that might last longer than 3 minutes, I create a conversation, game, or use the time to be productive.  My time is my own, I choose how I spend it.

Conversation

Start asking questions.  Your playing partners will thank you and enjoy the day, perform better, and in turn help you along your way.  Ask about NHL, Q-School, current Calgary events, the Presidents Cup, their lives in general, so on and so forth.

Games

Markers – Using whichever club you brought to the teebox, chip a golf ball around the tee markers, and back to the starting point. Essentially, croquet. Pick your course and place your bets. Be attentive to the group in front and be ready to proceed with your regular game.
Chipping – Simply bringing a wedge to the tee can increase the creativity and value of the Markers game. Or just chipping to the yardage plate until you hit it is a simple one. I strongly suggest using this time to sauce. If you don’t know what I mean, click that link now.
Ball Tap – Using the same wedge, practice tapping your balls.

Productive

– drink some water, pee somewhere, drink more water
– eat something healthy and high in energy
– catch up on missed information on scorecard for the match, your stats, or your yardage book for those tournament players out there
– clean your clubs
– write out a practice plan based on your last few holes
– Tweet something
– text somebody
– write an email draft to someone that would like to hear from you
– clean your grips
– make a To-Do list for later

 

But please, do not complain. Complaining makes you sound like a loser. Be a winner.

 

Start Strong and Finish Strong and have a Strong Middle Section too

A friend ( @walzygolf ) posed this topic for us.

“I would love to hear thoughts on staying mentally strong down the stretch. Lots of people fold when approaching a career round”. Well…considering yesterday I shot 33 – 41 at Canal, maybe not the best guy to ask….

Who’s ready for the cliche parade? Stay in the present  –  Stick to your game plan – Focus on your next shot  –  Use your Mental Strength*

Hmmmm…how about some practical things that actually work? Here are three LEGIT tips

1.  Always practice for 30 minutes after every round. Holing out on 18 is NOT your finish line folks. Not enough time for that? Play the front, practice for two hours while your buddies hack the back.

2.  Break up the round into 6 three hole segments. Wait….that sounds cliche…take it one step further…plan and execute an action to help you separate each segment. Bathroom, food, phone call, whatever…just something to hit the reset button. The scorecard can help you out here..tally up all your stats after holes 3, 6, 9 etc..

3.  And finally, take a tip from the trunk slam hustlers of the world…Show up 2 minutes before the tee time, and use the next 2 hours on the front 9 to prepare for the back 9, and use the back 9 for performance! For example, you could fire a shaky 44 on the front, practice and focus the whole time, shoot a smooth 32 on the back, win 12 skins on the carryover (and the two presses**) thanks for coming out! Then refer back to Tip #1.

 

*Mental Strength available by contacting TH directly via handwritten letter and blank cheque
**Press – When a golfer or team is down in a match, they can start a new match anytime by ‘pressing’ the existing match

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