There are seldom times when knowing what to do is as important than when playing Business Golf.
- Do I let the boss when?
- Do I drink while I play?
- What do I do if I am not as good of a golfer than my guest?
All of these questions are natural reactions to playing business golf and represent just a few of the questions surrounding Business Golf Etiquette. Nobody wants to look bad or make someone look bad by not knowing what to do. The rules of golf are hard enough to remember. When you add on the rules of business golf then playing business gold could seem a little daunting.
However, the rules of business golf are no different than the rules of golf. Both are applied to how the golf will be played on the golf course. Business Golf just adds in a more personable and professional image to the round. Here are just a few of the things to remember when playing Business Golf.
Business Golf does not have number rules for etiquette since most of them revolve around common curiosities. Since most rounds of business golf are ‘first time meetings’ the round is on the most part an opportunity to evaluate each others character.
Many people feel intimidated when playing golf due to them feeling they need to play at a higher level of golf skill they are able to play. Every golfer should want to play their very best. Business Golfers need to shake off the bad shot or entire hole and move on in a positive direction. A demonstration of fortitude helps to keep the positive attitude that stays with the professional image you want to portray.
No Vise Area
Statistics show the use of Cigars and heavy drinking ruin a round of business golf. The use of cigars and lavish behavior paints a negative picture of the person. Inconsideration of others is the message broadcasted out to the business world when someone lights up a cigar and ordering a case of beer for the front nine thinking it is acceptable behavior. Make the round of Business Golf a ‘No Vise’ Area.
A demonstration of humility when your guest or your host is having a bad day is another common courtesy used more in Business Golf. Having sympathy towards a golfing partners bad day or being humble for you exceptional play is all part demonstrating your true character.
Golf is a vessel that nurtures honesty. The rules of golf are based on honesty. Same goes for business golf since honesty in business is the main pillar of trust. Simple things like scores provide audible demonstrations of honesty.
Focus on Pleasantries
Many high strung ‘Type A’ personalities have a hard time keeping from taking over a round of business golf and making it all about them. Sometimes a little boastfulness provides a demonstration of strength. However, pageants of persistent narcissism will work against any strength a person has. Keep things pleasant and balanced between the on course chatter.
Business is Business and Golf is Golf
The biggest mistake most Business Golfers make is in talking business during the golf. Pitching a deal on the golf course seems nature when novice of business golf first hear the phrase Business Golf. However, statistics are sound in proving the ‘Six Hour Sales Pitch’ has a very low success rate. Business Golf boils down to being..Business is Business and Golf is Golf..keeping them separate works the best.
These are the basics of Business Golf Etiquette. When uncertainty arises during a round of business golf on what to do, it is best to take a position on what feels best at the time. Being more professional than casual leaves a better impression even if it may not be the popular position at that time.
Keep it in the short grass and put the square face of the golf club on the back side of the ball..and let me know how I can help.