On 30 September 2013, the USGA announced a new video-based addition to their “While We’re Young” campaign. The addition is a series of six videos narrated by well-known celebrities Matt Lauer, Robin Meade, and 2004 U.S. Senior Open champion Peter Jacobsen.
From the USGA link: While We’re Young
“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 first two videos are on the site and available for viewing right now. The videos are well done and offer some good insight and perspective on traffic jams on the course and how course setup can impact the pace of play. The other videos within the series will be released throughout the next year.
The webpage also contains a link to the USGA’s “Sign the Pledge.” The pledge is an initiative and a large part of the campaign to improve the pace of play. It contains a charge to all golfers to improve the pace of play through their own actions with ideas like “ready golf” and “Tee if forward.”
I would be confident in saying that slow play has challenged the game of golf for as long as the game has existed. It can be extremely frustrating to follow a slow group, and just as frustrating to be part of that slow group. Sometimes, the best thing (and only thing) we can do is to self-police each other, and encourage others within our group to play ready golf. We can also work with our home courses and local PGA pros to advertise and support the USGA’s initiative to improve the pace of play.
I’m not convinced that clicking and signing the USGA pledge will immediately cure slow play. However, a personal commitment to the pledge and the knowledge and education you can gain through the video series, can’t hurt. I think I’ll send the USGA link to the foursome I had to play behind this past weekend. Actually, thinking about it, I would have probably had time to load the videos on my cell phone and let them watch it on the next tee – because they’re also waiting on the foursome in front of them.
Visit the link, watch the videos, and sign the pledge. Join me and many other golfers in supporting the USGA’s “While We’re Young” campaign.
BIO:Keith Cook is a retired 29-year US Military Veteran. He was first introduced to golf in 1988 during a military assignment to Japan. He is currently a 4-handicap golfer striving to get back to his best playing handicap of scratch. He lives in Southwest Michigan and enjoys traveling and playing golf throughout the United States. His career highlights include rounds in nearly every US state and numerous countries throughout the world.