Do you have a golf partner on the course? This is someone who you always head to the course with, share tips and tricks with and essentially, experience the whole game with! Many people choose to have a golf partner to hold them accountable for their golf goals and aspirations. When you have a golf partner, you are often thinking of how to be a better partner – how to be more supportive, more helpful and more motivating. What people often do not think of is whether they are being a bad golf partner. So, what exactly does that mean, and how do you know if you have any of these characteristics? Here are some ways that showcase a bad partner, and what you can do to improve:
- You get angry fast. Emotions can definitely run high on the course, and when you are amid a stressful game, you may exude some anger more than you would like to admit. By getting angry quickly, you are causing more stress for your partner, and making the game less enjoyable. When something does not go your way, try your best to take a breath, relax and think through what went wrong and why.
- You use your cell phone frequently. When on the course, do your best to keep your cell phone away as much as possible. While everyone understands that emergencies do come up without notice, being on your cell phone, whether talking or texting, is disrespectful and distracts other players.
- You talk too often. Golf can absolutely be seen as a social game, but, it is important to know when to draw the line and allow for there to be silence so that your partner and others playing are able to focus on their shot. By talking often and at a rapid pace, you are going to upset those around you.