Slow play on the golf course is a problem, not only for the twice-a-week golfer but also for the players on the pro tour. I am not known as a fast player and, like every other golfer, I become physically and mentally fatigued whenever I am out on a course for five or six hours. Fatigue normally will cause your score to soar, but I have found several ways to combat this. To keep physically strong, I always make certain that I have a lot of liquids in me, especially drinks with plenty of sugar. Maintaining a keen mental edge is more difficult. When play on a course is slow most golfers lose their concentration for three reasons: 1) they will go to a tee, sit down and wait for the group ahead of them to hit second shots; 2) they will stand aimlessly by their ball in the fairway waiting for the same group to putt out; and 3) they will wait idly on a green watching the other members of their group line up and attempt to make putts. This is no way to play golf. I mean, you just can't get up from a bench, walk over to your teed-up ball and hit a golf shot. It doesn't work. Instead of sitting down on a tee, you should walk out onto the fairway a little and inspect the hole, glancing at the position of the traps and other trouble and figuring how you want to play your tee shot. After you walk out to your drive you should try to get a closer look at the green, noticing the position of the pin and determining exactly what type of approach shot you want to play. And when you do reach the green you should line up your putt while the others in your group are lining up theirs. All these things keep you alert and make the long wait profitable.