On Golf & Getting Ahead: A Golfer’s Perspective|
As a golfer for the last 14 years (and seeing as I’m only 22, that’s a significant portion of my life thus far), I thought that it would be appropriate to respond to Elizabeth’s article, “Oh God, Not Golf Again,” with the hopes that I can offer a bit of insight into this mysterious world. Elizabeth is correct when she says it is more important to “not be lame” than to try and develop a specialized skill. I would encourage any attempts to learn how to play the game, however it is very technically challenging and cannot be faked or played half-heartedly. There are more ways to impress your golf-fanatic boss or coworker than by just hitting a golf ball. Learning to talk about the game can show them that you are interested in something they are passionate about, even if you are not a golfer yourself.
Finding the tipping point
One trick to bridge the gap between paying for golf lessons in hopes that it’ll help you in business and abandoning any attempts to play the sport:
It’s understanding that a businessman would rather socialize by talking to you about the last PGA event than he would play with someone who’s just a beginner. If you’ve never heard of the PGA, the Masters or the Ryder Cup, and you don’t understand what it means when Tiger is fifteen under going into the 17th with Phil one shot back looking at a birdie putt on the 18th, do not fear. Rather than spending hundreds of dollars (and hours) on golf lessons and golf clubs, spend an afternoon reading about the game. The rules are relatively simple and golf lingo can be easily learned with a little exposure.
Sources to kick-start your knowledge…
Wikipedia’s page on golf is great at explaining everything from par to major championships.
The Official Site of the PGA Tour: Follow the latest tournaments
The Ladies version of the PGA, the LPGA…
If you are still confused about what a par is or why someone is re-teeing and hitting his third shot instead of his second, use it as a conversation starter… I’m sure the handsome guy at the bar watching highlights of the day’s round would love to explain.
Lila Barton is currently a senior at Stanford University where she has been a member of the Stanford Women’s Golf Team for the past four years. She is majoring in International Relations and is originally from Dallas, Texas.