Now I realize there is a stigma in golf that you need to show no emotion, always have a stone face that makes you look focused and hardcore. I’d say that’s true if you are Tiger Woods playing for the U.S Open Championship. That doesn’t have to be you. Every golfer has a different style of showing emotion.
If you want to get to know somebody in one day, take them golfing. You will learn almost all you need to know about that person after a round of golf. Believe it or not, I’ve had many great and terrible experiences with people that I just met in four and a half hours playing golf. I’ve played with people who are funny, outgoing, enjoyable playing partners to be around. These people also allow you to become more relaxed and loosen up ultimately playing a free flowing, good game of golf. On the flip side, there are those angry, hot-tempered, cursing, club-throwing people who make you think they are going to rip your head off if you ask them what they scored on the last hole.
We all have our pet peeves with everyday life, our professions, and hobbies. Mine are the golfers who yell out curse words, slam their clubs against the ground and most of all throw their clubs after a bad shot. Now I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I’ve never done these things. I am absolutely guilty of doing these things once or twice in my life, especially when I was younger. As I became more mature and more professional with my game I realized quickly that when I do these things, I really look dumb. It’s true! When people do these things it’s kind of comical because of how much you look like an idiot. It’s not cool; it doesn’t show how passionate you are. It’s just plain embarrassing.
Life is way too short to get mad over a bad shot playing a game of golf. Nowadays golf clubs are becoming more expensive and valuable that when you slam your club in the ground possibly bending or breaking it your out a couple hundred dollars. Or say you shot-put the club across the course like your in the Olympics, then can’t find it, your down one less club for the rest of the day and your paying for it. You certainly don’t want to look like this guy, playing with your boss or a respective client. (WARNING: Viewer discretion is advised for language!! Check your volume as well.)
Stay tuned to my next blog for tips on how to get over a bad shot, bad hole, or bad round of golf.