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#1 Francie

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 12:09 AM

Switched on the European Golf tonight, on Fox, and watched the "Shot Clock Masters" in Austria.    They are putting every player on a 40 second time limit to play each shot (with two shot clock extensions if needed)  Each time you go outside the time limit you lose a shot.  First player on the green gets 50 seconds and the others get 40 seconds. Field of 120 players instead of the larger number.

 

Early into the tournament and the fastest round is 3 hours 53 mins and the slowest is 4 hours 15 minutes.  The average time for a round around that course is said to be 4 hours 48 min.   At this stage.....there are 75 players Par or better...so it's not affecting their ability to score.   The commentators indicated that the players don't appear to be playing any faster....they are just not wasting time.

 

 

Interesting to see the results, come the end of the tournament.


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Posted 08 June 2018 - 07:27 AM

Never heard of it.

Practical for monthly medal and club championship events?

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 08:31 AM

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The introduction of time restrictions at the European Tour’s Shot Clock Masters in Attzenbrugg near Vienna in Austria has received favourable response from players after the opening day of the inaugural event.

 

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 09:08 AM

I don't think the concept would be practical to be used across all events but at the least it might help encourage players to stop wasting time.

 

I've said it over and over and over now but the biggest cause of slow play from my experience is the "wasting time" factor between shots.

 

Even the slowest of slow players get their shots over and done with in less than 30 seconds usually.

 

It's the not walking ahead, the chatting on the tee box when you could be walking and talking and the leaving your buggy 30m away on the opposite side of the green from where the next tee is. All just common sense stuff but it happens every day.


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Posted 08 June 2018 - 09:40 AM

Patrick Cantlay would not make it past the front 9.


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Posted 08 June 2018 - 09:48 AM

I can see it becoming the normal way tournaments are played in the future. It creates another element of pressure and drama which is all entertainment. 

The way they do it is pretty fair, the time keepers are quite lenient about when they start the clock. ie, there was a train going past while one of the guys was about the play so they paused the shot clock. 

They also get two time outs per round, which gives them more time to make decisions when faced with tougher shots. 

I like it. 
 


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Posted 08 June 2018 - 09:54 AM

The way they do it is pretty fair.
 

 

Wouldn't it be unfair once on the greens though to whomever is the farthest from the hole?

 

So first player gets 50 seconds and then 40 seconds for each player after. Therefore it's more like 50 seconds for the first player, 90 seconds for the 2nd and 130 for the 3rd.

 

Tee to green probably a non issue but having the extra time to read putts might help...

 

For the record, 40 seconds of reading a putt seems like an eternity to me but then, im not a pro.


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Posted 08 June 2018 - 09:56 AM

Wouldn't it be unfair once on the greens though to whomever is the farthest from the hole?

 

So first player gets 50 seconds and then 40 seconds for each player after. Therefore it's more like 50 seconds for the first player, 90 seconds for the 2nd and 130 for the 3rd.

 

Tee to green probably a non issue but having the extra time to read putts might help...

 

For the record, 40 seconds of reading a putt seems like an eternity to me but then, im not a pro.

Not sure exactly when the clock starts to be honest, but I don't see that as being prohibitively unfair. Just like normal, the person who hits it closest gets the advantages. 


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Posted 08 June 2018 - 10:23 AM

... Just like normal, the person who hits it closest gets the advantages. 

 

Exactly.

 

In any round, any day, any green, closest to the hole gets to watch the roll of the ball from others which they can use to their advantage.

 

This shot clock just makes the others hurry the f.uk up, instead of fupping around reading puts from every angle. Well, I hope that's how the shot clock works.



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Posted 08 June 2018 - 07:06 PM

I still like the exploding necklace idea, they all have to wear one and if they go over time it blows their head off, now thats pressure.


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Posted 08 June 2018 - 07:27 PM

Sposed to start 5 secs after you get to the ball. If that’s the case, I would stop bout 10 metres from my ball, pull out a drink bottle, or a piece of fruit.... something to eat, have the caddy do the reading of conditions, step up then have an extra 40 secs to hit the shot..... easy peasey
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Posted 08 June 2018 - 08:57 PM

Jason Day would crumble under the shot clock. Badds would have zero problems whether he's first or last to putt.
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Posted 08 June 2018 - 09:05 PM

Jason Day would crumble under the shot clock. Badds would have zero problems whether he's first or last to putt.


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Posted 08 June 2018 - 09:10 PM

Jason Day would crumble under the shot clock. Badds would have zero problems whether he's first or last to putt.


Badds is one of the slowest players on tour, always has been.

He is quick over the ball but takes forever before hand.
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Posted 08 June 2018 - 10:34 PM

Badds is one of the slowest players on tour, always has been.

He is quick over the ball but takes forever before hand.

 

At the risk of showing support.....totally agree...you beat me to it.   ;)


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