There are many stereotypes about golf, most of which are false. Even worse for golfers is the fact that most of these stereotypes portray them as elitist and ignorant. People also like to think that golf is boring. Needless to say, those people have never played golf themselves. I think that’s the main reason for most of ignorance in this world – being out of touch with thing you’re ignorant about. Other silly stereotype is that golfers are all elitists who spend thousands of dollars on golf clubs just to show off. But in reality, it’s not just for showing off. Some of those clubs are genuinely capable of improving your game. This article explores the ins and outs of getting good irons for yourself. That stereotype probably has some ground – there are many wealthy people who prefer golf over any other sport. There are also many businesspeople who make deals on golf course. But even those guys aren’t as evil as one might imagine them to be. Of course, there are some crooks among them, but it’s only natural to have few bad apples. In general, most of the people i’ve met on golf course are kindest and most reasonable types. That’s why i wanted to write this post today – to dispel these stereotypes and bring clarity to this controversial subject.
There must be a reason for why businessmen seem to enjoy golf so much, though. Golf is the go-to sport in corporate environment. Bosses play it with their employees to bond, and employees themselves use it to make connections and sell things. I’ve read somewhere that most golfing costs, including golf clubs and tee time, are paid by companies. That makes sense because golf course environment and the game itself allows for verbal exchange, while at the same time keeping things casual and people relaxed. The same can’t be said of other sports like football, or soccer as Americans call it. In those sports, you are on the lookout all the time. Game never stops, so you never have any time to take a breath and do anything else. The best thing about golf though, is that it can be played by people of any age. On most days, if you visit golf course, you’ll find all demographics there – some golfers are as young as six years old, playing golf with their parents, while others are seniors who are enjoying their life into the retirement. Tennis, or football, or most of the other sports for that matter, are too physically demanding for seniors or anyone who is not young adult to play. Golf is fun to play, because there rarely are winners and losers. With it’s handicap system, even beginner golfers are able to compete with experienced ones and sometimes even win. But winning isn’t regarded very highly, golfers i’ve met over the course of my lifetime are more interested in the process of playing itself. There are championships of course, which are more competitive. What makes golf not so great, in my opinion, are those people who insult themselves and their clients by losing to them on purpose. I’ve had this happen to me once, and it definitely didn’t encourage me to do business with a person. So if you’ve done it, or are doing such practice, i’d advise to cut it off. One more thing i love about golf is that it’s a smart game. You have to make decisions on the spot, and call me crazy, but i think that takes a lot of analytical power. So playing golf is practice for your mind, in a way. That might sound outlandish at first, but if you consider the idea, it’s not too far fetched.
There’s one more thing that this game is useful for. It’s to find out real character of a man or woman you’re playing against. That is especially important for business people. Sometimes deals can be made or broken depending on the character of the men involved. No one wants a partner who is irresponsible or never acknowledges mistakes. Being good at golf also equates to remaining calm in the face of challenge and solving your problem analytically. That correlates very closely with the skills you need to have in order to make it in business.
Another virtue of golf is that it’s oriented around honesty. The game can be easily won by moving your golf ball when no one’s looking, but that’s utterly despicable to most golfers. If you are caught genuinely doing this, your reputation will be tarnished and good luck finding decent partners to play golf again. Celebrity golfers know this, and that’s why they are especially hard on themselves. Whenever they move the golf ball on accident, they’ll never take advantage of the accident, even if it might cost them tons of money.
I don’t know whether it is correlation or causation, but some of the best business partners i’ve had in my life have been golfers. I didn’t meet all of them on golf course, but our friendships were certainly hardened by sharing the passion for the sport. It is also a fact that most successful businessmen do occasionally play golf. I guess that’s why the sport is stereotyped as dull and soulless, but from my perspective, it’s just different, that’s all. Golf is more analytical and mind-oriented sport compared to most, and it’s exactly why i love it so much.
I hope i made some sense and shed some lights on why businessmen enjoy playing golf so much. If you have similar experiences regarding building relationships on golf course, don’t hesitate to let us know in comments.