The speed of golf has come under pressure recently. Players "on the clock" is becoming more common as tours aim to make the game quicker. Players such as Jason Day and Kevin Na go through their routines at a pace that is almost unbearable to watch sometimes. Four hour rounds have become nearly five hour rounds on tour. It's all very well penalising slow play financially (let's face it, these guys aren't bothered by that) but what if there was another way? SPRINT6GOLF may have the answer.
His day job might involve playing for Real Madrid but Gareth Bale also has an addiction away from Football. He simply loves Golf. Not only is he busy converting his back garden into a three-hole golf course but he has also joined forces with SPRINT6GOLF.
SPRINT6GOLF is a new concept to make the game quicker and more enjoyable. The idea is to focus on six holes that you play on a course. Once you have chosen the holes the SPRINT6GOLF rules come into play. Each player will be timed to a 30-second shot clock once they have put their bag down.
If a player delays their shot they will be given a Yellow card as a warning. Fail to make your shot within the 30 seconds and they will receive a Red card. With the Red card comes a one-shot penalty. The concept is to be used in conjunction with the SPRINT6GOLF app that is available for both android and Apple smartphones.
With this in mind, we hit the course and gave it a go. The app itself is easy to use. Once we registered our free account the stopwatch was visible. The 30-second stopwatch is also accompanied by a two-minute timeout clock, a warning yellow card and a red card. The menu screen informs you of any events taking place and a how to play guide. The simplicity of the app made it very straight forward to use.
It certainly made us play quicker even producing an element of fear once the clock started to beep for a five-second warning. Thankfully the fear of a one-shot penalty was enough to us move faster. Especially with our certain hacking style, one shot is a lot.
In terms of making it more fun, well it certainly did that. It also produced a degree of danger that made the game more challenging but more importantly it was quick.
With much debate over the pace of play in recent months, Gareth Bale and SPRINT6GOLF have certainly caught the attention of golf’s governing bodies. The CEO of the European Tour Keith Pelly added that “Innovation and having fun are the keys to broadening golf’s appeal to all ages and this new format certainly offers both of those elements.”
Keith Pelly is right. SPRINT6GOLF does all of these things. We suggest you give it a go, download the app and play.