USGA to release six videos regarding pace of play

It’s been said that there is no single cause for slow play and there is no single solution for improving pace of play.

Pace of play has been a long standing issue at every level of golf. Billy Casper, after winning the 1959 U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., and capturing his second national championship with a playoff victory over Arnold Palmer in the 1966 U.S. Open at San Francisco’s Olympic Club wrote a series of one-page tips to promote improved pace of play among recreational golfers.

The tips that were written by Casper in 1966 are just as useful today as they were then.

At the U.S. Open earlier this year, the USGA introduced its “While We’re Young” campaign. The intent was to encourage golfers, course operators and the industry to identify ways to improve pace of play.

Under the leadership of USGA President, Glen Nager, and with a pledge of support from newly nominated President, Thomas J. O’Toole, the USGA plans to push ahead in the future, to fulfill its new strategic mission. Ensuring that the game is sustainable for current and future generations of golfers.

To that end, the USGA announced that it is introducing a series of educational tools designed to educate the golfing community on the factors that influence the time it takes to play the game.

As part of its initiative to address pace-of-play issues in the game, the new tools include a series of six videos that address the following topics.

• Why traffic jams occur on the course

• How course setup impacts pace of play

• Improving pace of play around the green

• Being prepared to hit

• When disaster strikes

• Alternative formats

The videos are intended to enhance the USGA’s “While We’re Young” campaign, which was created to bring greater awareness to the pace-of-play issue.

The first two videos can be viewed now by visiting the USGA’s Pace of Play Resource Center at www.usga.org/whilewereyoung. The additional videos will be introduced through the rest of the year.

In addition to viewing the new educational videos, the USGA hopes that visitors to its Pace of Play Resource Center will join fellow golfers signing a pledge to personally improve their pace of play. After viewing all six videos and signing the pledge, signees will receive a certificate recognizing them as a USGA Pace-Of-Play Ambassador.

Pulling out all the stops, the USGA has enlisted, Today’s host Matt Lauer, Headline News anchor Robin Meade and 2004 U.S. Senior Open champion Peter Jacobsen, to narrate the videos. Some of the country’s top teaching professionals will also make appearances in 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.”

No single cause for slow play and no single solution for improving pace of play, but collectively with awareness we can go a long way to improve on a five hour round.

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