This was an interesting and legitimate claim made by Bryson DeChambeau in his Monday Masters press conference, unfortunately for him, the rules only address the amount of time taken when reaching the ball.
Q. Where is that balance between trying to play at a pretty good pace, and getting all the information you want to get before hitting a shot?
BRYSON DECHAMBEAU: Well, that's a great question. I think we do a fantastic job of taking all the information we can in the allotted amount of time.
Now the one piece of information that a lot of people miss is the walk to the ball. There's a three‑minute walk, 2 1/2 minute walk that people don't take into account. You can gain a lot more time by walking 15 seconds quicker to the ball than you can by five seconds over a shot.
So people don't take that into account when we talk about slow play. I may be a guy that hits it up there farther than someone, and they are taking their merry time getting to their golf ball and it's behind me and I'm already up there and I can't get any of my numbers because I'm right in their line of sight.
Once they do their whole process that takes maybe 25 seconds compared to my 35‑second to 40‑second preparation to hit the shot, by the time we walk back over and get the number, do all that, you can view me as a slow player.
In the end I look at it from another standpoint saying there's a whole other piece to this puzzle that we are not looking at yet.