Our etiquette expert Shital Mehra Kakkar shares the importance of golf as a game and also an ice breaker to close crucial business deals
The game of golf is associated with much aplomb. The game has its own set of gestures which unravels certain sport etiquettes, shares etiquette expert Shital Kakkar Mehra
Golf is a game where you're not only judged by your golf handicap but also by your understanding of golf etiquette. I guess that explains why the word etiquette is associated with golf but not with football. After all, in golf there's no referee whistling or gesticulating wildly every time you default! Pay attention to the following: 1. Shhh…: As golf is a game of concentration, keep your voice down on the course and switch-off your cell phone/ Blackberry. Reserve shouting or complimenting your client / fellow golfers for exceptional shots only. Arguing, bragging, whining about the prohibitive cost of the game or telling loud jokes will negatively impact your image. Leave all analysis for later, maybe, over a mug of chilled beer!
2. Keep your movements: On the teeing ground to the minimum, as even the slightest movement on the periphery may distract the golfer hitting a shot.
3. Golf course maintenance: Stay off the ball path, as the depression created by your feet may steer the ball in another direction, upsetting your fellow golfers. While flying “divots” make for a great photo, replace them instantly. Retain the
natural habitat of the bunker by raking the sand smooth before exiting and replace the flagstick without damaging the sides of the hole.
4. Respect your fellow golfers: Focus on your personal safety and that of your fellow golfers. Wait for your client to suggest “play through”. Remember, it's “only a game” – allow your client a mulligan and without making a big deal of it, allow your client to win.
5. Golf Attire: As golf is an ancient game, the attire serves the dual benefit of showing respect for this traditional game and for your fellow golfers. While plaid and Argyle are classics, the image of golf has moved from being style-challenged to being sophisticated. Wear a smart collared t-shirt with cotton trousers/ knee-length shorts in solids (navy blue, khaki or black), a leather belt , cap/hat, shoes with soft spikes and an all-weather jacket (if teeing off early). Strictly, no denims.
6. After the game: Thank your client and stay back, if invited, to enjoy a drink and indulge in some analysis of the game. Use this precious time to get to know your client better in a social setting, when his guard is down.
The golf attire serves the dual benefit of showing respect for the game and for your fellow golfers