But how can you play with people who've been golfing for twenty years? Isn't it embarrassing?
Golf has a system called "handicapping" and the system does its best to level out the differences in skill.
It's quite common for a novice to play alongside a more experienced golfer.
I read an article once that says you can tell a lot about a person's management style by how they play golf. Do you agree with that?
Actually, yes. Say for example you hit your ball into a sand trap... The way you react to that demonstrates a great deal about your character.
So the executives on the golf course are all sort of sizing each other up?
Absolutely. So what about you? Do you play any sports?
I was on the ping-pong team in high school. Ping-pong suits my temperament.
It requires high concentration and quick decision-making skills.
Unfortunately, ping-pong is not a game of choice for most business executives.
Yeah... I don't think CEOs like to get too sweaty.
Are you interested in trying your hand at golf?
I think I might be. Do I have to purchase a set of golf clubs to begin with?
Not in the beginning. I'll tell you what, let's go out to the club and hit a few balls next Saturday morning.
Who knows? You might get addicted.
And like you said, playing golf is a good chance to expand my business networks.
It certain is. Well, I've got to take off.
How does 7:30 next Saturday morning work for you?
Sounds great! Thanks, Robert.
Not at all. I'll see you next week.