My Golf Game
Posted: July 20, 2007
I first started playing golf in college. It was for a one-credit gym class during my senior year. My roommate and I both signed up for the class without ever having swung a club on the links. We were both athletes, but we had no idea what the difference was between a lob wedge or a pitching wedge. In fact, we really had no clue what we were doing.
Fortunately, the way to get a least a "B" grade in the 10-week course was to show up occasionally at class and hit some plastic golf balls into a net inside the school gymnasium. If we both played 18 holes during the first few weeks of the class and kept score, we had a chance to get an "A" if we showed progress when we recorded our scores after an 18-hole round at the end of the trimester. I am sure that gym class provided me with my only "A" during my last year of college.
When I moved to Eau Claire, I thought it would be in my best interest to take up the game of golf. I did not know anybody when I moved to town, and when looking at the regional map, it appeared that there was an abundance of golfing opportunities within a 45-minute drive. So I started to play on a twice-a-week basis and began to quickly see progress in my game. Twenty years later, I sometimes wonder if I should have stopped when I was ahead.
I am still not a very good golfer. I am what you would call a "bogey" golfer. If it is supposed to take four shots to get the ball in the cup, it usually takes me five - or more. Every once in a while, I get lucky and make a good shot to record a better-than-average score. But I generally end up with just about the same score each time I play. Like most golfers, it is when I am able to execute some really good shots that makes me want to come back for more - punishment.
I began to think how much my golf game is like my career. I have good days and bad, but I usually get the job done with some satisfaction. Yet, all the while I know that if I go on a good streak, there will likely be a period of frustration that puts my ability in perspective. I can play good golf for a two-week period and think that I have solved all of my previous flaws. Then I can go back the very next day and play like I was back in college.
In business, I am really only responsible for myself and my sole employee. I try to maintain a level of sales that allows us to both stay gainfully employed. In golf, I am on my own. But I am disappointed if I let my playing partner down. So, I have decided to stick with my strengths, which is selling and writing. It is better than relying on my pitching wedge.