Monday, February 20, 2006

Watch and Learn

During my presentations on business golf, I often talk about what you can learn about someone by watching how he or she plays golf. Confident? Selfish? Team player? These characteristics and many more will be revealed to you by playing with that person.

I was talking with someone about a person she knows that won't play golf on a golf course, but just hits balls at the driving range. He hasn't been on a golf course for several years. Money for green fees or lack of time isn't his issue. Instead, he prefers to hit balls at the range because he doesn't enjoy the pressure of playing on the golf course.

What pressure was my thought? Each of us plays the game and hopes to do well. We have great days and bad days. Yes, it's frustrating when I don't play well, especially if it's a prolonged slump. But, in short time, the joy of being on the golf course, talking with friends, and getting exercise always takes me back to the course.

Although I couldn't play with that guy because he refuses to get on the course, I have a good idea about the guy at least with regard to golf. He sounds like someone who has unreasonable expectations about his game and is afraid to look bad on the course.

It's really too bad, and somewhat sad, because ultimately we're out there to have fun and enjoy the game!


dave said...

I stopped playing for a few years because I was not enjoying the game any more. I was at a point where I was not improving and I wanted to be better. I would play great for a few rounds and then I would be back playing as before. I was just miserable when I played. Now I have found a group that enjoys playing and the fun has started all over. I have a long way to go to get back to where I was in skill level but I am not in a hurry and I might not get there which is ok too. I just enjoy being on the course and trying.

Suzanne Woo said...


Glad you're back to playing and enjoying the game regardless of your skill level.
I get frustrated during rounds as well, but never enough to quit the game. So far, the good far outweighs the bad and hope it continues that way!