Through the years, golf gear will accumulate in any house, garage, shed or storage area of a golfer. Putters and drivers fall out of fashion or effectiveness and rest in dust corners. Golf balls multiple in bags faster than sox disappear from the dryer. My house is no different so I gathered up all my extra golf gear and saw the pile and thought of what to do with it all. Then I remembered the First Tee organization.
After reading Mastering Golf’s Mental Game, I was eager to try out the Mental Scorecard to see how consistently my mental game is during a round. I usually debrief myself after a round by talking to myself in the car running through each hole. I usually focus on the holes that ate my lunch and costed my penalty strokes. Using Dr. Lardon’s process, I wanted to see where my mental game falls short of maintaining a constant mental approach the game. It was a learning experience.
My resume shows that a stage of my professional career was in sales. My focus on customer service relied on relationship building. Sales happen when trust exists that was built on common experiences and understanding. Golf is a great way to spend quality time getting to know your customers and showing them your character. Through my travels, I played in countless charity tournaments and took scores of customers out for rounds of golf. Here is what I learned and would like to share with you to help you use golf as a professional networking tool.
The physical aspect of golf is relatively simple and takes 1.2 seconds. The rest of the 4.5 hour round is waiting for your turn to swing. During this time, each golfer must work to maintain their concentration and re-engage before stepping up to their next shot. Dr. Michael Lardon wrote Mastering Golf’s Mental Game to help each of us build a stronger mental golf game.
This past week, I played White Clay Creek and experienced the greatest up and down of my golf game in a long time. Unfortunately, the down was a big down on the back 9. I shot a 101 which was the worst round in a long time and what made it more painful was my front 9 was a 44 including coming back from an 8 on the par 4 first hole. So what happened to cause a massive self destruction on the back 9 and why did I need heed my own advice I posted on this blog? (besides being an idiot?)
The mental aspects of golf fascinate me at my age compared to my youth. When I was young, it was all about “grip it and rip it and go find … Continue Reading Golf is Not a Game of Perfect Book Review
I started playing with this style some time last year. I found myself not hitting my irons very well and getting frustrated. I was chopping my irons into the ground or hitting behind the ball when I was trying to hit too hard. At that time, I had a 4 TaylorMade Rocketballz hybrid and just picked up a 5 of the same brand to replace my 4 and 5 irons. I started to use the 5 hybrid to hit a 150 yard shot instead of my 7 iron. And it worked!
We have all had that day or played with that other golfer having that monumental bad round of golf. Nothing goes right and in fact everything has gone wrong. The … Continue Reading 5 Ways to Turn Around a Bad Round of Golf
There may be that joke about not being able to find anything in a woman’s purse. But when was the last time you cleaned out your golf bag to see … Continue Reading What’s In Your Golf Bag
Carl Hiaasen is a writer with 14 novels to his credit and writes for the Miami Herald. With support from his publisher, family and friends, he decided to pick golf up again after not playing since his teenage years. The journey is tracked in the book between chapters and diary entries dated by days since he started playing golf again. The goal of the book and Carl’s golf game is the member guest tournament at Carl’s local course.
So there we were on fourth hole tee box and my partner leans over to me in the golf cart and say, What is the name of the guy in … Continue Reading 5 Tips to Remembering Names of Your Foursome
The driving range is the place for practice so treat it like a practice round. This technique requires three things to work: knowledge of a course and its scorecard, a good imagination, and being honest with yourself.
Golfers built their own unique vocabulary for certain shots of achievements. There are some amazing things golfers take credit for when it comes to playing with golf balls. Through the … Continue Reading We Need to New Golf Slang Term
Once you play a golf course three times, there arises one hole that has you number and throws your scorecard down the kitchen garbage disposal. You will be chugging along hitting your normal shots and then turn the cart path to THAT tee box and your heart drops. This hole creates more snowmen than a Vermont winter. After that damn hole, your mental game wobbles near ruins and you struggle to find your groove.
Sometimes we lose sight of the purpose of playing golf. It is supposed to be fun god dammit. Everyone should be smiling. Stop taking yourself serious and loosen up. If … Continue Reading The 18 Rules to Enjoy a Round of Golf
When you replaced the sand trap with the spoon, you removed the trap form your mind and shot profile. Now swing nice and easy to your target, the pin.