How to Talk a Good Game Even If You Are New to Golf
This week is #mastersweek, and it is all anyone in the golf world is talking about so if you want to impress the boss or a client who plays golf, use the following cheat sheet as your guide on everything you need to know about the Masters.
- The 1986 Masters when Jack Nicklaus won at the age of 46 is considered the best Masters in History. He won by shooting a 30 on the back nine while all of his competitors fell apart, making him a 6 time winner at the Masters. To put this in perspective, Tiger Woods only has 4 wins at Augusta.
- Jack Nicklaus still holds the records for the most majors in history, some think Tiger will still catch up and beat his record, others think all of his ailments and women may have crushed that dream.
- Tiger will not be playing in this years Masters due to a back surgery performed early last week.
- Bobby Jones, the only golfer to win all 4 majors in the same year along with Alister Mackenzie, one of the best golf course architects of all time, built Augusta National in 1932.
- Bubba Watson won the Masters in 2012 with his famous hook shot out of the trees and onto the green leaving a makable 2 putt for the win!
- Being at Augusta for the Masters is like watching the Ohio State Band dot the “I” or a UNC vs. Duke Basketball game in Cameron stadium.
- The Eisenhower Tree that was famous for making #17 extremely difficult, fell down in the Snowpocalypse this winter.
- Adam Scott, possibly the hottest golfer on tour was the First Aussie to win the Masters, 20 years earlier Greg Norman nicknamed the Shark lost in a playoff.
- Pimento Cheeze Sandwiches are a staple at the Masters and only cost a $1.50. All concessions at Augusta National for Masters Week are extremely affordable.
- The winner of the Master’s at Augusta National gets a Green Jacket. With the prestige comes 1.44 million bucks and A lifetime invitation to the Master’s tournament.
- Augusta National finally let 2 ladies join the club last year! Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore are its 2 female members.
- Last but not least, I am going to be at the Masters on Thursday and Friday! I will get to fulfill a childhood dream of going to the Masters with my dad! Listening to the bird’s chirping, the bees buzzing and the Azaleas shining!
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A common apprehension among women ready to hit the golf course is not knowing what to wear. Unlike their male counterparts, women’s golf clothes do not mirror business casual attire. Therefore, a woman must know what golfing attire consists of and where to find it before heading onto the course.
On the golf course, women have to dress more conservatively than they might dress in the office. Even then, some of the golf fashion available isn’t appropriate for the golf course (especially depending on the exclusivity of the club)!
As an avid golfer, I have found golf brands and styles that work for me. I particularly like the golf lines from Lizzy Driver, Schriffen, Jofit, and GGblue, to name a few. But, golf clothes are expensive. Nearly twice as expensive as tennis clothes and casual wear, which often precludes women from taking up golfing.
Ladies, have no fear! It is possible to find clothes that are appropriate and comfortable for the golf course without looking further than your own closet.
Below you will find 7 secrets for dressing appropriately on the golf course!
1. Pants: Colored khakis or capris are the best choice for pants, but black exercise pants are an acceptable substitution if the only other option is jeans. FYI – BLUE JEANS ARE NEVER ALLOWED ON A GOLF COURSE – No Exceptions!
2. Tops: Collared shirts are the safest bet. This could be a long sleeve exercise shirt or a more formal button down that you might wear out on the town.
3. Shoes: If you aren’t ready to buy golf shoes, just wear your running shoes. They won’t offer the same stability, but if you are just starting out, you might not notice the difference.
4. Skirts: If you wear a short tennis skirt, wear tights or spandex underneath. If it is too warm for tights, wear a longer skirt. The acceptable skirt length for most golf courses is that it passes your fingertips when standing up straight. Clubs like Cypress Point, Augusta, and San Francisco will want your skirt below the knees (no exceptions).
5. One last thing: If you go to a more exclusive course, wear pants or purchase a golf outfit. While it isn’t ideal to purchase a new outfit, the golf club has the authority to send you home for inappropriate dress. You could potentially embarrass the member of the club who invited you to play and risk not being invited back.
6. If you are looking for an inexpensive starter outfit, check out stores like Marshalls or TJ Maxx. They always have golf clothes at a great price.
7. When in doubt, wear what you wore to the office out to the course and just change your shoes. If it is business appropriate, it should be golf appropriate!
Check out my interview the Straight Down the Middle Show. We talked about the importance of getting women into the game, how to read someones character on the course and how to get more juniors and younger women into the game! Enjoy!
Women Think Men Don’t Want Them on the Course
Every time I walk onto a course and into the good ol’ boys club, I have some anxiety, but it quickly disappears when I catch a glimpse of a smile from one of the staff or another player at the club.
It is not uncommon for ladies to opt out of playing golf all together, due to the fear of not feeling wanted on the course.
Men do, in fact, want women on the course and today, I am going to give you 5 reasons why men want you playing the game of golf!
1. Women make the game less intense
2. Women add another level of fun to the mix
3. The game becomes more about building relationships than winning
4. A man will never turn down the chance to be a gentleman to a lady
5. Men love helping women, so the worse you are at the game, the more they get to help you! They get to save the day!
Please leave more reasons why you think men love to golf with women below in the comments section!
Every January, the latest and greatest golf products are revealed at the PGA Show in Orlando, Florida. Those of us in the industry get to test out the new products and decide what to promote to our clients and customers. For the individual however, it isn’t as easy. Most of you will end up hitting golf clubs into a net, with no real way to judge if it’s the right fit. Those of you reading this post are however in luck, because you can attend a real live DEMO DAY!
Over the next 3 months, I will be exhibiting at GOLF FEST, the biggest DEMO DAY in the WEST! And to top it all off, they even asked me to be a featured speaker to share with you the 7 Secrets to Landing More Clients on the Golf Course!
At each event, 5,000-6,000 avid and beginning golfers alike will take over the Longbow Golf Club in Phoenix, Oaks North Golf Club in San Diego and Angel Golf Club in Las Vegas, to test out the industry’s latest products, participate in golf fitness demonstrations, instruction on the range, and a hypnotist and golf trick shot show.
And to top all of that off, there will be competitions with prizes over 50K and with paid admission, attendees will receive a coupon for a free round of golf at the respective golf clubs and a one-year subscription to Golf Digest or Golf World magazine. The first 250 attendees will also receive a free two-ball pack of E6 Bridgestone golf balls each day.
If you have been itching to test out the latest equipment, want to try your luck at a $50,000 putting contest or feel like learning how to land more clients on the golf course, then GOLF FEST is for YOU!
Buy Tickets Today and get discounted merchandise only online!
I recently came across an article in the LA Times titled, “Some female executives don’t feel at ease with business golf outings.” It is beautifully written but doesn’t tackle the real issue – why women are continuing to stunt their careers because men ask stupid questions.
Should we stop building better business relationships with clients on the golf course because men might assume we are retired or are ducking out of work early and thus aren’t working as hard?
I don’t think so. I believe we should kick off our heels and tee it up for more business. We should stop letting ourselves get in the way because we think we are unwelcome. And we should stop blaming others for our lack of action.
I know it is scary to start a new sport and walk into a game dominated by men with so many vulnerabilities. Lets face it, when learning to golf it is totally common to completely miss the ball as you swing, chunk up dirt, or accidentally throw your club out after the ball. Even I have been caught doing the last two and I’m a 10 handicap. Oh, and I have even witnessed a man get so frustrated trying to get out of the sand trap that he threw it out with his bare hands and finished the hole from where it settled. The game is difficult for everyone; it is what it reveals about us that has value. It is why men have been doing “deals” on the golf course for centuries.
People will also always ask stupid questions. Take for instance the fact that 75% of the time, when I tell people what I do (CEO of High Heel Golfer), I am asked if I play golf. To me it seems absurd, but there are very few women in the golf industry and a large percentage of those women don’t play the game.
If women truly want to advance in their careers they need to look at what it takes in their industry to get to the top. If the CEO of their company plays golf regularly it is just as silly to not play golf as it is to not learn QuickBooks if you are studying to be a bookkeeper. We need to start looking at golf as a mandatory business skill that will increase productivity, profits, promotions and likability!
It is time for women to start leveling the playing field in business and I believe we shouldn’t just lean in, instead think about teeing it up to win more business.
If you would like to learn more about High Heel Golfer and playing golf to get ahead in your career go to www.highheelgolfer.com or email me at Jenn@highheelgolfer.com
Sometimes it is hard to believe that golf can really help you get ahead in your careers, so I’ve decided to start a series of interviews from women who have used golf to help them crush the glass ceiling!
Our second interview is with Susan Fornoff, author of “Confessions of a Golf slut” and well know golf writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. I hope you enjoy the interview and learn something from Susan’s experiences. Please don’t hesitate to comment below!
And please let me know what you think of the interview below!
On the Third Hole of Christmas Golf my Playing Partner gave to me Three More Playing Partners, Two Invites Out with Clients and a Lesson on the Driving Range! CLICK HERE FOR FULL SONG!
How to Read Your Playing Partners
In life and business we all have a brand/face we want people to see us as. Sometimes it is honestly who we are and other times it’s just a facade.
Golf is the only place I’ve ever seen people for who they really are. Well maybe at the end of really boozy Christmas party might you see your boss in a state you never thought you would, but other than that it is very rare for people to stray from their professional selves.
The golf course is where we can get to know people on a more personal and social level. We get to know if clients have families or if they secretly love to sing karaoke. We also find out if clients or colleagues are selfish, insecure, born leaders or followers. The golf course is the best place to see someone for who they are and on the flip side show them who you really are.
5 Behaviors we see on the golf course and how they translate to the business world
1. Has to finish out the hole, even if they are past a double par. This person is stubborn and selfish, and in business they are only looking out for themselves.
2. Always tends the pin and helps you rake the sandtrap. This person has great customer service skills and will always make sure you are their top priority as a customer.
3. Steps on your line. This person didn’t take the time to learn the etiquette and doesn’t care if you miss your putt, or miss business opportunities on account of them.
4. Asks you questions about your life and your business while on the course. This person is likable and can be trusted and you can always count on them to understand what you want and need for your business!
5. Can’t handle being beat and wont pay their bets when they lose. This person is very insecure and cheap. Not paying a bet means that they aren’t able to accept loss, which means they also aren’t able to grow. You definitely don’t want to do business with this person.
You can learn a lot about a person out on the golf course that will transition back into the business world, so keep alert and take notes of their behaviors during your round. Most importantly listen to your gut and be ready to cut ties if your client isn’t as upstanding as you thought they were.
Happy Holidays! – Jenn
On the Fourth Hole of Christmas Golf my Playing Partner gave to me Four Mulligans, Three Playing Partners, Two Invites Out with Clients and a Lesson on the Driving Range! CLICK HERE FOR FULL SONG!
When do I get a mulligan?
We aren’t talking about that Irish guy from the local pub. A “mulligan” is a second chance in the golf world. If your first shot off the tee leads to an undesirable place – the woods, the lake, the sand, etc. – your second shot off the tee is called a mulligan.
A mulligan may or may not be allowed, depending on your golf partners that day. Some people like to take more than one, and other people think this is absurd. It’s similar to how you enjoy your coffee: Black – no mulligan, one sugar – a mulligan on the first tee, two sugars and some cream – mulligans whenever and wherever as long as your playing partner gets the same amount of mulligans. Mulligans can speed the play of the game by reducing the time spent searching for a lost ball or help a player shake off a frustrating first shot.
My personal belief is that if you are keeping score to establish a handicap you are allowed one mulligan on the first hole and that’s it. If it is more casual play and you aren’t interested in your score, then take as many as you would like as long as you keep up with pace of play! Please remember – if you are in a tournament you are not allowed any mulligans. If ever in doubt, ask your playing partner and establish the rules for your game that day.
1. Research your client. Find out as much about the client and his or her business before walking onto the golf course. This way you can engage the client and ask smart questions regarding their line of work.
2. Be ready to pitch your product or service. You should always be prepared to talk about your business even if the meeting is about your client’s business prospects. Have your 7-second pitch ready and make sure it is tailored to the specific client.
3. Practice your game. It isn’t how skilled you are at golf, but the confidence you have when you play that is noticeable to a client. It is easier to feel confident about your game when you get out to the range and practice.
4. Brush up on golf etiquette. Knowing when it is your turn to hit and steering clear of your client’s putting line leave more of an impression than your perfect drive!
5. Remember to have fun! Now that you have prepared for the round, remember that the day is about getting to know your client out of the office setting, so relax and enjoy your round of golf!
By following the 5 P’s you can transform a doomed round of golf into a successful business relationship and a better shot at winning more business! Click HERE for first HOLE of Christmas Golf!
Practice Makes Perfect!
The biggest mistake people make when getting into golf is assuming that it will be easy.
How many of us have started something new and were instant professionals? Tiger Woods…put your hand down because you don’t count. The rest of us can only hope to be a quarter as good at golf as you are.
Seriously though? Were you all basketball stars at the age of 5 or painting picassos at 11? I didn’t think so.
That being said, we all need to practice to get better at this game. Spend an hour a week at the driving range, or 20 minutes putting into a coffee mug in your office. It will all add up and in time you will see results.
If you aren’t a fan of practicing alone, come out to a HHG Happy Hour or join a golf league!
And your last resort is to just watch Youtube videos of golf lessons. You will learn golf jargon and how to fix your swing at the same time!
Also check below for some of the best driving ranges in San Diego!
Mission Bay Golf Center – Open till 8 PM (Whole course is lit up at night!) Last tee time at 6 PM!
Riverwalk Golf Club – Open till 7 PM
Stadium Golf Center – Open till 10 PM
Sail Ho Golf Course – quick 9 par 3 course
Carlsbad Golf Center – Open till 9 PM
Del Mar Golf Center – Open till 9 PM
And Finally on the 9th Hole Of Christmas Golf My Playing Partner Gave to Me….
9 Golf Pros a Flirtin
8 High Heel Golfer Happy Hours
7 New Golf Outfits
6 Free Drops from Hazards
5 Golden Tees
3 Playing Partners
2 Invites out with Clients
and A Lesson On the Driving Range
Merry Christmas Y’all! – Jenn
For hundreds of years men have been playing golf and doing business. The Dutch and Scottish even played the sport when trade routes were stalled due to inclement weather. There isn’t any proof but I bet that is when business golf originated!
So where have the women been all of these years?
To be honest, most of them have been in the spa, at the office, and working too hard to get ahead in their careers to be out on the golf course.
High-heel Golfer wants to change the current trend and to do that I need a little help. We need to get the word out about all of the benefits of playing golf for business.
Most people think golf is just for the guys and that business deals are only done there because its the good ol’ boys club. Well I am here to tell you that they are wrong. Click the Read More Button Below for the rest of the story!