I went to play golf the other day and saw/heard the funniest/saddest thing.
Two foursomes of golfers/friends (I am making wonderful use of slashes) were on the range warming up to play. I am so happy I was not playing behind them. They were all about 8-15 handicappers and I would say the average golf magazine subscriptions they each had at home was about 6.
Each one of them had a pre-shot routine on the range that could be measured with a sundial. Imagine what it would be like on the course?
They were telling each other to (and these were the only ones I heard):
Swing more inside/out
Hold the lag
Complete the back swing
Restrict the hip turn to gain more X-factor
Straighten up that left arm
Swing like you are inside a barrel
Widen that arc and get your hands higher at the top
Less pronation of the left forearm
(I had my iphone out and was taking notes after I heard the 2nd cliche as I knew this would be gold)
Keep that right arm glued to your side to stay connected
More forward shaft lean
Keep your head down
…and keep yourself stacked on that left side until your feel your head tilting toward the target.
I teed off at 9:30 and saw them on the first tee when I was on the first green. My threesome finished at 12:45, so that was 3 hours and 15 minutes to play 18…we play fast.
The FIRST of the two foursomes were just getting out of their carts on the 9th green. 3 hours and 5 minutes to not even be done with 9. I have no problem with people enjoying the day, especially when the course is empty like it was, but there is no question in my mind this octo-scratch-a-thon play at a similar pace regardless of how many groups are behind them.
I hope I am making a small effort to rectify this situation on all fronts.