The Business Golfer – What Can you Learn From Your Scorecard?
Golf and Business has long been good bed fellows but what can you learn about business from playing golf…
Golf is more than a good metaphor for life or a mirror for a person’s character away from the golf course, it’s a fantastic ‘game’ for learning how we approach getting better at something (or not).
Most of what is talked about are keeping track of the ‘stats’ on our game: Fairways hit, greens in regulation, up and downs, the number of putts etc.
But there’s more to learn from the round, and it’s scorecard. I recently played a Stableford competition. Playing off 15, I was level par after the first 8 holes!
Totalled 23 points and still grossed 39 for the first time on front nine. The back nine was not as brilliant, but a ‘solid’ 15 points leaving a total 38 points which still included two blobs.
It would have been easy to end up disappointed after such a brilliant start but regardless of whether I think about my rounds in the clubhouse, I have learned its really helpful to review the round fully, within a few hours.
Especially if it hasn’t gone as I would like, but even when it has been a good one. What I found, surprised me…
When I replayed every shot later in my mind to see and record what happened, I noticed a pattern I didn’t see during the game or even straight afterwards.
I knew that several of my tee shots had gone left, but on closer inspection, twelve of my tee shots went right – drawn or straight right (as a left hander) with only two going to the left. Considering I’ve ‘fought’ a fade for years after playing too much cricket, this was a big shift!
When this result is also put into the context of the swing and set up changes I’ve been working on, this was a distinct improvement.
But I wouldn’t have spotted it unless I’d replayed the round later in my head, when I had some time/distance on it, to be able to review it from a helicopter perspective as just a neutral observer.
This has led me to want to experiment a bit more with my ball position at set up to see if this corrects the over left bias that showed up.
The Business Golfer – The Lesson I’ve Learnt?
I’ve now realised that performing ‘a review’ of the working day in my business life, also leads to better understanding of performance I learn from my mistakes.
I’d encourage you to experiment with a delayed review of your round after a few hours, you might be surprised too. If we are not prepared to change things, I’m reminded of the well-worn phrase…
“If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you’ve always got!“
….Food for Thought?
By Steve Sharpley (Business Coach aka The Business Golfer ) – Author of Success Is a Mind Game