Hello SOTGC community,
Many of you might be asking yourselves how does playing golf actually make your more money? It’s pretty simple. By helping you create and strengthen relationships you never would have had.
Still confused? Let me elaborate. Golf is a venue for coworkers and clients to get to know each other on a personal level as well as on a business level and most of it is figured out without even saying a word to one another. Nonverbal behaviors help us identify our playing partners’ integrity as well as how they handle pressure situations which can all be related back to how they are in the business world. Making more sense now?
Here’s an example of what I mean. If you have a tough shot over the sand trap onto the green, will you choke and flop it into the sand trap or will you take a deep breath, clear your mind and get it on the green? Just like a stressful presentation, will you choke or nail it?
There are hundreds of little nuances to learn over time, but in the beginning there are only a few you have to follow to ensure a chance at making a solid connection with your golf partner. Below you will find the 7 most important things to do on the golf course to make that MONEY!
- Have fun! The moment you start taking it so seriously that you are contemplating cheating, you’ve lost the client. Make it a light round to show that you won’t do anything JUST to make a deal go through, instead you know when to cut your losses.
- Never cheat. It is never a good thing to get caught cheating so don’t do it in the first place. When someone moves their ball or doesn’t count a stroke you start to wonder if they cheat in business.
- Ask if you don’t know. If you need help with a shot or don’t know the ruling ASK! Asking is showing your playing partner that you aren’t afraid to outsource your weaknesses, which is a recipe for a strong business.
- Don’t step on someone’s putting line. On the putting green there is an imaginary line between every players ball and the hole. If you step on that line you might alter the surface of the green and be the reason someone misses a putt. So don’t be that girl that causes someone to fail. You wouldn’t try and sabotage someone’s big project at your firm so why would you do it on the golf course?
- Learn the rules and etiquette. If you don’t know how to do something in business and you mess up, you could potentially get fired, right? Same for golf. Knowing the etiquette will especially impress your playing partners if it’s the first time you’re meeting them, or the first “out of work” venue you see them in. It shows them you did your homework just like you would for a big meeting or pitch of a new company.
- Play fast. Golf is already a 4-hour game so pick up your ball after double par unless it’s a tournament. If you’re a super beginner tell the group you’re just going to play from different parts of the hole to keep “speed of play.” They will appreciate you thinking about them to make sure the day is fun.
- This is the last and MOST important rule. Relax and be your self. No one wants to do business or play with a phony. Tell your playing partners about your life, what you like to do outside of work. This will make it easier for them to small talk later at the office. Try not to tell them about your wild side though if you have one, you still want to be somewhat professional. My rule of thumb is to act 60% as wild as the guys I’m playing with, that way I’m fun but I’m still the responsible caretaker of the group.
So that’s it for now. Those are the most important rules to follow in order to have a great round with your boss or a potential client. So get out there and start playing.
If you don’t know where to start shoot me an email at Jenn@highheelgolfer.com or sign up for our highheelgolfer mailing list where I send out more tips like this one along with playing tips. Also look into our highheelgolfer workshops and happy hours!