30 Nov '15, 3pm

R&A wants to tackle slow play, but still steering clear of its own role

Slow play is golf’s equivalent of the weather; everyone talks about it but no one does anything about it. Until now, at least. Following the results of a worldwide survey that attracted more than 56,000 responses from 127 countries, the game’s ruling body outside the United States and Mexico, the R&A, last week hosted the “Time for Golf” conference in St. Andrews. About time too. Because there are clearly a lot of unhappy golfers out there. To the surprise of precisely no one, 60 percent of respondents to the survey registered varying degrees of dissatisfaction with the length of time they are asked to spend on the course. At least half of golf’s highest-profile perceived problems in the 21st century—“Takes Too Long, Costs Too Much”—appears to be based in truth. Gratifyingly, the R&A’s new chief executive, Martin Slumbers, is one who appears to be all revved up about the e...

Full article: http://www.golfdigest.com/story/randa-wants-to-tackle-slo...

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