Golf and Business have long been good bedfellows but what can you learn about business from playing golf…

We asked Steve Sharpley – The Business Golfer – What Can you Learn From Your Scorecard?


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 is 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 its scorecard. I recently played a Stableford competition.

Playing off 15, I was level par after the first 8 holes!

I had totaled 23 points and still grossed 39 for the first time on the front nine.

The back nine was not as brilliant, but a ‘solid’ 15 points left a total of 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 it’s 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 afterward.

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 Lesson I’ve Learnt?

I’ve now realised that performing ‘a review’ of the working day in my business life, also leads to a 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) and author of Success Is a Mind Game!