Lets do a little golf math, with this 15″ hole debate as the subject. The 15″ hole debate comes from the “Hack Golf” initiative to somehow grow the game in order to help with sagging participation levels and sagging revenues across the industry.
One “benefit” of the 15″ hole is to speed up play. Hack Golf says the 15″ hole sped up play by 45 minutes. Presumably shorter rounds means more fun, and more paying customers for the golf course. If speeding up play is the way to nirvana, why not just put the hole by the tee? I digress.
Back to the time shaving concept…
Lets SHRINK our pre-shot routines and see what we come up with. Assume we have a foursome of 18 handicappers, basic average amteur golfers. Each golfer will take 90 swings, thus 90 pre-shot routines. 90 x 4 players is 360 total pre-shot routines in the group.
Now we are going to ask each player to not take five practice swings or do whatever he can to shave only TEN seconds off his routine.
360 times 10 is 3600. 3600 seconds equals 60 minutes. So by shaving those 10 seconds off the pre-shot routine, this foursome, without a 15″ hole, just shortened their round by ONE HOUR.
Think about it. #shrinkgolf