Why Golf Is Good for Business

Young entrepreneurs often have a vision of their business that does away with the past. And I wholeheartedly support turning towards the future. It’s what enables innovation, brings progress, and, most importantly, it eliminates old habits (like those 80-hour workweeks) that have been doing us more harm than good.

But that’s not to say there aren’t any positive sides to doing things the old-fashioned way. After all, something that’s been around for that long can’t be 100% bad, am I right?

Golf happens to be one of those questionable traditions. Many think it’s old fashioned, while some are under the impression that it’s elitist. In my opinion, it’s neither. What it is, however, is an excellent way for business leaders to move their company forward.

If you’re on the fence about golf, here are the top reasons why it’s good for business leaders.

1. It’s an Excellent Way to Meet with Clients

What’s your preferred way to meet with potential clients or business partners? A standard office/lunch meeting, or a fun activity that lets you get some exercise as you engage in conversation?

As a typical game of golf lasts around four hours, it’s the perfect chance to sell your product. The available time will allow you to move slowly, without risking anything going south due to too much enthusiasm. Plus, if the game goes well, you can proceed with a more business-oriented dinner. This way, you’ll have the time to take things slow, make solid business decisions, and, who knows, maybe even close a deal, all in the same day.

2. It’s a Way to Make Connections

In addition to allowing you to bond with your contacts, the golf course can also help you make new connections. Whether you’re looking to expand your list of clients or just enjoy meeting fellow entrepreneurs, you’re sure to become all the richer from picking up a new hobby.

3. It’s Great for Your Health

It’s not uncommon for business leaders to sacrifice their wellbeing for the sake of their business. However, picking up golf as a hobby can do you plenty of good, and not just professionally.

Along with encouraging you to engage in light physical exercise in the fresh air, golf is also an excellent way to release stress. Plus, with a personal launch monitor, you can even practice at home. This means you can make it a standard part of your routine, no matter the weather.

4. It Lets You Identify Your Flaws (and Improve as a Business Leader)

Whether you’re too competitive, overly cautious, or a bit too reckless, golf can be an excellent opportunity to identify and fix your flaws. By paying attention to your behavior on the course, you can get a lot of insight into how you might be able to grow as a person and as a business leader.

5. It Is the Perfect Team Building Opportunity

Last but not least, great business leaders know that their company is only as strong as the weakest link in their team. So, instead of trying to boost productivity, motivation, and engagement at the office, why not take things outside? A game of golf can be a great opportunity for your team to relax, bond, and have some fun. You’re sure to find that stronger interpersonal relationships in your company can only lead to better cooperation. And who wouldn’t want more of that?

To Sum It Up

There you have it, some pretty solid reasons why golf is (still) good for business leaders. If you’re an entrepreneur, it’s certainly an activity worth trying out. Who knows, it might just happen to become a standard part of your business practice.

Or, if you’re one of the lucky few, you might find that you’re a natural. If that’s the case, golf will surely turn into your next favorite pastime, guaranteed.


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