Why Golf Is Important

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An outsider to golf may think the sport is boring, quiet, monotonous, that it has no point. After all, isn’t it just a bunch of guys carrying heavy bags, whacking balls around for hours at a time? What’s the point? As it turns out, there is more to golf than what's on the surface. It is not boring, quiet, or even monotonous, and it definitely does have a point -- more than one, actually. Because golf so closely resembles life, it teaches an abundance of lessons that not only help on the course but off it as well.
Benjamin Franklin’s old saying “honesty is the best policy” applies greatly to golf. As Dave Hill said, “Golf is the hardest game in the world to play, and the easiest to cheat at.” There is no referee watching a player’s every move.
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Mike Conley, a small business CFO and avid golfer, describes how the decision process in golf helps him in the workplace: “when I am playing golf, I face multiple options with each shot -- I have to think through my options and make the choice on the one that has the most chance for success. This is the same type of thought process I need to do many times in business. Most situations have multiple options, so the thought process of choosing the correct option must be used.” Conley learned to make his golf decisions at a young age of seven, and now fifty-five, he helps call the shots at Leadscope Inc., his company. Jonathan Boitnott, a writer for Entrepreneur Magazine, wrote an article titled “5 Lessons Golf Teaches About Hot to Succeed at your Business,” and he mentioned that if someone follows golf enough he will “see ways it can inform an entrepreneurial career” through decision making. Making the right decisions will begin to lead an individual down the road to success. Matt Huland, a golfer of about thirty years and a teacher, believes learning to make decisions is important to obtain good results. He believes “you are responsible for your own outcome” in a round of golf. He thinks decision making is important in his classroom as well. He tells students they are “responsible for their own learning” just like being responsible for decisions in

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