How golfers behave
The overall conclusion is that we as golfers are fully aware that we are part of the problem and consequently the solution. The hard part is as one of the respondents puts it:
“Everyone thinks slow play is a problem, but no one admits to be a slow player”
Another respondent concluded:
“Just a real lack of awareness of one’s own behaviour on a golf course.”
Looking at the main areas of poor conduct quite a few came out with significant scores:
|Players not ready to play when it’s their turn||71%||21%|
|Lengthy pre-shot routines in all aspects of the game||60%||27%|
|Players not calling through when hole lost to group ahead||60%||25%|
|Players not calling through when ball not found||58%||27%|
|Not picking up when out of the hole (stableford)||52%||28%|
Golfers backed their response with comments like:
- “The worst of these are not being ready to play – do all the pre-shot shit when someone else is hitting.”
- “Leaving bags in stupid places instead of at the exit to the green.”
- “These days players feel it is their “right” to play at whatever pace they choose, ignoring the fact that they are setting the (slow) pace for all those behind them.”
- “I paid. I’ll take as long as I want mentality.”
- “Most clubs don’t pay attention to slow play or if they do, it’s not wholehearted. Golfers cannot solve it themselves. Joint efforts between clubs and golfers are needed.”
- “There needs to be laws and penalties brought in for slow play.”
Golfers recognize all the areas of poor conduct and keep seeing them more or less every time we play a round of golf. A lot of golfers have quite the gamer due to this. It’s a well known barrier to recruitment. Golf’s authorities as well as the clubs are aware of the poor conduct, but still the problems get bigger and bigger without any of the three stakeholders: Golfers, Clubs and Authorities taking a lead to find ways of coping with the poor conduct.
Should we just accept it as on respondent states:
“It’s an example of the decay of society’s concern for other besides one’s self.”
If that’s the case the future of golf does not look bright.
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