Golf As A Tool For Communication
I play golf at least twice a week for the duration of the summer. Golf is my favorite game and I communicate through my actions on the course. First, I must call in and make a tee-time. The tee-time says that I will be playing golf at a specific time, on a specific date that I choose. Once I make the tee-time, I am responsible for showing up on time to play, or cancelling one day in advance if I will not be able to make it. When I show up at the tee, I am usually paired up with three random strangers. Immediately, I introduce myself to everyone I am playing with to show that I am open to conversation during the round. While we play, I chat with my fellow golfers. I usually learn a great deal about the people I play with. They talk about their jobs, their families, and life in general. Although I learn a lot by speaking with the other golfers, I learn even more by how they act during the round.
Golf is a game of etiquette. Golf etiquette is used not only to protect the golf course and golf equipment, but also to allow golfers to have a safe and enjoyable time. Basically, there are rules and guidelines on how to play the game and what a golfer can and cannot do. Since there are hundreds of rules and guidelines that golfers must follow, I will give my two favorite examples. The first example of proper etiquette is not speaking during a golfer’s swing. This simple rule is based on common courtesy. I never speak during a golfer’s swing because it is very disrespectful and reflects poorly on me. The second example of proper etiquette is replacing any divots that you make during play. Any time I hit a golf ball with an iron in my bag, I take a divot out of the ground. By replacing the divots I take out, I am repairing the course and allowing other golfers to enjoy the game as much as I do. These simple examples of proper etiquette tell other golfers that I am both respectful and courteous, among other things.
I have learned a lot on the golf course that I can take with me into the business world after I graduate from college. Since I began playing golf, I have become more outgoing and have learned many life lessons. I have gained a plethora of knowledge and have greatly improved my social skills by making a conscious effort to converse with golfers as we play. I have enforced the importance of showing respect to everyone and everything. I have learned that you cannot succeed unless you continue to try again and again, even when you fail. Finally, I have learned that you can’t always play your best, but you can always act your best. Golf has made me a better person, and I will carry my newly gained knowledge with me into the future as I search for a job and make a life for myself. Golf is my greatest tool for communication and I will continue to play it until I can no longer walk.