How To Impress Your Playing Partners Without Practicing
Let’s be honest. A 250 yard, or even a 300 yard tee shot (downwind, downhill in July) on a deserted hole is pretty nice. But to be able to do that at Gallagher’s first hole in front of a crowded patio – Wow! Most would sell their grandma to experience that amazing feeling just once. Let me tell you this in all honesty: To pull off monster drives under pressure, selling grandma is not enough. It takes blood, sweat and focused training on the range as well as in the gym. And not only Sunday afternoons when the sun is out. At least 3 times a week for many years.
Oh ok now, you may not be that keen anymore about monster drives.
But what if I actually knew a different way how to impress your playing partners even more than just with long drives? And complety without training or spending money in a lesson with me.
Oh ok, now I have your attention again.
Well, all you need is a little self discipline. And maybe slightly change the way you are thinking. From my playing career experience, I can assure you that amazing golf shots and really long drives are not the most impressive things on the golf course. In fact, women would probably be turned off when men brag about some really long drives after a couple of good bounces. And amongst other men, it may create envy rather than the admiration you were longing for.
So, what is the trick?
You have to bear the emotional misery after a bad shot like a man.
Without the wining. Like Achilles of Troy. Or James Bond.
Before the shot, you have to relinquish excuses. Also, do not try to improve your shots with unnecessary commentary.
Here are some examples of those:
1) “I haven’t touched a club in 2 month.” Or “I just got out of hip surgery”. Even if you were the last customer at the bar last night, it won’t help your shot to say that beforehand. You might as well say that you would love to impress everybody on the golf course, but you are too scared that your golf shots about to be executed are not going to be enough.
2) Once the first bad shot occures, refrain of further comments like “I have never hit a shot like that”, or “I can’t believe it, just on the range I’ve hit them all straight” or “I tried to give this one a little extra”. Unfortunately, everybody knows that you can hit the ball even worse than you just did. Nobody is interested in your success on the range. And the disclosure about why exactly that last shot did not turn out the way you hoped for will not bring you the recognition amongst other which you subconsciously long for.
The shortest joke in golf in Germany used to be (literally translated) “I can do it now”. Today I find “I know exactly what just went wrong” even funnier.
3) You pull off an amazing shot out of the rough right next to the pin. Again, refrain from telling everybody how deep your Taylor Made (quick unpaid commercial) ball was sitting down in the wet grass. Even shhh it if there was divot. It does not matter and nobody cares. Everybody is just hearing one thing: “Please admire me for my heroic achievement.”
4) Do not tell any stories from the course, even after a good round of golf. This includes your score and possibly a shot of the century. Not even when somebody is asking! Ok fine. It is ok to talk lightly about your golf game when you get repeatedly asked nicely. To the question how you played you should simply say: Ninety! Or Seventy-Five! Nothing more. Nobody wants to know a detailed description of each shot, including the fact you were under your handicap after 7 holes but blew it with a few double bogeys on the back nine. Or what you could’ve shot when this or that didn’t happen to you.
I am hoping that it is clear by now what I am mean. You have probably never played with such a person. They are rare. But I can assure you it is very pleasant to play with such a person. In the beginning this person may confuse his or her playing partners by calmly putting the club back into the golf bag, regardless of a bad or good shot. Just like nothing happened. Which it did – for real nothing bad happened because bad shots are normality in golf. To act upset about something that is happening way more often than not is actually ridiculous.
Now fake it till you make it.
In the beginning you have practice acting calmly on the outside after each shot. We know on the inside you are still steaming. But hopefully sooner than later, the sugarcoating comments of your golf game will be a thing of the past. Don’t be surprised when every good golfer all of a sudden wants to play with you.
Going back to the ladies: They would really appreciate not having to hear a comment on each shot. A noblewomen does not expect a compliment after each fairway hit. Even words of encouragement are debatable, unless they come in the very right moment. Trust me, to time that is way more difficult than a 250 yard long drive.
The amount of helping words to your playing partners is small. The amount to your own golf ball is zero. There is nothing you can say to your ball that would boost your reputation as a golfer.
Shout outs like “sit, bite, release, bounce right or come down” is just the expression of despair and shows that you haven’t managed yet your post shot emotional control. You are living and dying after your golf shots. When you simply refrain from acting like young child in the 10 seconds after impact, I can guarantee you that not only your playing partners will stop complaining, but quite possibly also your golf ball.
Thank you for reading. And as always, a little video on top: