Practice

I play a much better round of golf every time I spend approximately 20 minutes practicing. Practicing gets my body warmed up (especially the back which tends to get stiff in the mornings) and ignites muscle memory . I am struggling (for the first few holes) on the days I don’t practice and dash out to the 1st hole. We all know the important of practice but how do you practice at business? How do you warm up?

Do more deals?

Hustle?

You can’t practice at business. You are live. Every move matters. The more you do it the better you get. Your learn from failures. You fall and you get up.

Isn’t that what they call wisdom?

Playing golf makes me a better leader

Early morning tee-off :)

I have been playing golf for 20 years (yeah, started when I was 15) with a break of 5 years beteen 2009–2013. I started playing again last year (best stress buster while I build Brightpod) and it’s just been fantastic. Some people think of golf as a waste of time but I think there is a lot to learn from this game that can make you a better leader…

Don’t look back at what happened on the previous holes. Think present and future.

Mind and body coordination. The muscles that constitute your swing should move in-sync. One mistake and the ball will NOT go straight. Attention to detail is paramount.

Control your mood if things go bad. Golf is a mind game. A bad mood and a good swing don’t relate.

Build accuracy. You need to know exactly how much you are going to hit.

Commitment. Some holes are crap and the others you birdie. Keep up the spirit to finish the game regardless of how you performed on each hole.

Make quick decisions. Should you play a putter from the sand if the sand is not too soft or would you hit a low iron if stuck behind a tree?

Take calculated Risks. Would you play a safe iron shot or go for the big driver shot when you know you can comfortably par the whole using an iron.

Uncertainty. The wind might take your ball to the left. Deal with it.

Follow through on every shot. No fear.

A good hole does not mean that the next one is also going to be good. You gotta work for it.

Luck plays a part but don’t hold onto luck. You can’t repeat a hole in one.

What worked last weekend might not work this time. Learn to improvise and adapt to the changing course, pin placement or weather conditions.

Teamwork. We always play in teams of 2 in each four ball.

Friendship. Golf provides opportunities to meet new people.

The more you practice the better you get at it.

The course calls you back every week. It’s a challenge that is thrown at you. Go conquer.

Do you play golf? Have any tips? Would love to hear them in the comments below.

Saturday Golf

I started golf when I was 16 and played almost every week except when I had my board exams.

While at UNC Chapel Hill I tried to play once or twice a month my freshman year. In fact, I chose UNC because North & South Carolina have some of the most beautiful golf courses.

I moved back to India in early 2005 and picked up the game again and played till March 2009.

2009–2013 — No Golf. Don’t know what happened but I just didn’t go back to the course.

Finally, I played a round 3 weeks back and just loved it.

I have decided to get back in the game and play atleast 3–4 times a month. I used to play at 14–16 handicap and plan to bring this down to a single handicap by the end of the year.

Golf is a great stress buster, a lot of fun when playing with good friends, and a feeling of being “out of town”, especially, when you stay in a busy city.

Best of all, it teaches you self discipline, persistence, accountability, determination and patience.