September 18, 2022 at 09:36 AM
First to introduce myself, I am Marty Shelton. A retired Air Force Sergeant, grandfather and great grandfather. I’ve played golf since 1968. Actually played golf when the surf at Virginia Beach was crummy, so we went to Bow Creek Golf Course just to hit balls. And this was also my first introduction to slow play. This didn’t at all look like the matches we all saw on B/W television back then. There had to be a way to combat the waiting and frustration of waiting to play. This promoted an excellent idea for myself…… a Duncan Imperial Yo-Yo. Yeah a yo-yo. It improves my hand eye coordination, and what’s more it draws attention to the slower party ahead of me.
No confrontation, no angry words just pull the yo-yo outta the bag and do tricks. More than once I have been approached by slower players asking if this was a gimmick. No just occupying time and keeping my mind focused prior to addressing my turn. It has helped on occasion to let me play through. Other times parties just play to see if I can do tricks with these. Yep, I can.
Today I play mainly by myself for various reasons. And I still encounter slower players,
but the yo-yos are still in my bag. And I still do my thing. The only trick I have difficulty with on the course is “walking the dog”. Grass clippings gums up the string. And it’s a far better stress release than yelling or planting a well placed shot in the middle of a foursome. I’ve included a photo of the two that travel with me. Slow play no sweat, just hand me the Duncan and we’ll practice a sleeper or two.
Martin P Shelton, TSgt, USAF Retired
Player of Courses in SW Iowa
Barry MReno, NV
Chuck ZMt Pleasant, SC
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