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

Micetalk - - Contents - Shi­tal Kakkar Mehra Prac­ti­tioner of Cor­po­rate Eti­quette and In­ter­na­tional Pro­to­col in In­dia

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

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