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FAQ: What one thing would you do to improve pace of play on tour?

Our caddie explains how rules officials could virtually put an immediate end to slow play. Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Through our readers and social media followers here at The Caddie Network, we often receive questions related to the caddie profession. We’ve collected the most frequently asked questions from our readers and followers and tasked actual PGA Tour caddies to serve up the answers based on their experiences. Here are the answers — from PGA Tour caddies — to the questions we most often receive from you.

When it comes to golf — especially on the PGA Tour — slow play is always a hot topic. Why does it take so long to complete a round of golf? Sure, they’re playing for ungodly amounts of money most weeks, but that shouldn’t be a license to take all the time you want to hit a shot that you have plenty of time to think about before even arriving at the ball, should it? To help speed up play, we asked a caddie the following question.

What one thing would you do to improve pace of play on tour?

If they really wanted it to stop, they would penalize the offenders with strokes for slow play.

Fines don’t really help, because a player can justify slow play with better play, which makes them more money.

Once you start docking them strokes, well, the score goes up and — as we see every week — every single shot counts and the difference can be in the thousands (and sometimes even hundreds of thousands).

If you penalized players with strokes, the slow play issue would come to an end quickly.

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