Golf As A Tool For Communication

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.