It's seems to be a trend to play as slow a round as possible in tournaments. Pick up the pace folks. It has far less to do with pre-throw routine than it does with so many people walking the course like they are helping their 105 year old grandma around. This isn't casual rounds people. Slow play, which includes moving from shot to shot and green to tee, is a violation of the rules. Refer to the competition manual, which you got in your PDGA packet.:
I completely agree Tracy. I like to play a round in 70-90 minutes, so playing a tournament round that's 3+ hours (and sometimes 4+ hours) can be absolutely brutal. While I understand there's going to be slower play in tournaments, especially in full tournaments with a variety of skill levels, the duration of many rounds seems to border on the extreme.
Given that it only takes one slow group to hold up several behind them, I would love to see tournament officials discuss speed of play in the players meeting. Let everyone know that if a group comes up on a hole 15 minutes behind the group in front of them, and an official is present, they'll be receiving a warning. If they don't speed it up, stroke em! Addressing this proactively before rounds would help set the tone, since I would imagine warnings and strokes for pace of play are very rare. Additionally, I believe quicker rounds would add to the overall enjoyment of an event like the KCWO, as it would allow more time at the end of the day to enjoy various other KCWO activities, instead of just wanting to go home after 7 hours of competition over two rounds.