In some industries the golf course is an extension of the workplace, where important contacts are made and deals negotiated. In other cases, golf may serve as a metaphor for a variety of workplace challenges. Smart managers can often find many inspirations on the golf course to help them run a more effective office and maintain a positive workplace culture.
Playing golf may not help you become the next Donald Trump, but it could help you in the business world. That's an opinion held by Drake University, which in 2012 offered a class, "Golf: For Business and Life." Students enrolling in the class learned about golf and also heard local business leaders speak about the importance of golf as a business tool.
An autograph can be a nice souvenir of the moment -- however brief -- when you meet your favorite PGA Tour player. Some autograph seekers enjoy collecting as many pro autographs as they can get, while others may seek an autograph as a gift for a golf-mad friend or relative. Whatever the reason, there are appropriate times and places to request a tour player’s autograph.
While there is no rule against women playing in PGA Tour events, only a few have attempted the feat and, as of 2012, no female golfer has succeeded in finishing a men’s tour event. Several women in the early 21st century did make headlines by competing against the men, but the first to try it was Babe Didrikson Zaharaias in 1938.
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Self-employed individuals are, in effect, running their own businesses, whether they work as consultants, freelance workers, or even touring golf professionals. From a tax perspective, self-employment has both advantages and disadvantages. On the down side, self-employed workers pay a higher percentage of their earnings toward Social Security and Medicare taxes. On the plus side, self-employed individuals can take advantage of some tax deductions that aren’t available to those people employed by others.
The only honest answer to how long it takes to play a round of golf is: "It takes as long as it takes." Golf isn't a timed game, like football or basketball, and there are many variables that can affect the amount of time a round can take. The difficulty of the course, the number of players in a group, the skill of the players, the number of holes played, and the pace of other parties of players on the course can all affect the total time of play, but some general observations made over centuries of golfing can at least lead to a fair estimate.
Ken Venturi, one of the best golfers of the 1950s and 1960s, practiced voraciously and unrelentingly. After becoming a star, he went through a horrendous slump in the early 1960s. Venturi told "Sports Illustrated" he practiced as much as 10 hours per day, without stopping for lunch, to repair his swing and confidence. Venturi, who was taught by Byron Nelson and mentored by Ben Hogan, took a page from Hogan's classic line "the secret is in the dirt." In his wallet, Venturi carried quotes from Hogan about the importance of daily practice. One of the quotes: "Every day you take off, it takes that much longer to be good." Venturi's work ethic was prominently on display when he won the 1964 U.S. Open to end a three-year slump. The final day 36-hole marathon was played in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees. Venturi, suffering from heat exhaustion, staggered to the finish line but his swing never deserted him.
As with many other American sports, professional golf was segregated for much of the 20th century. The Professional Golfers' Association of America even went so far as to write a "Caucasian-only" clause into its bylaws in 1934. Charlie Sifford set out to end golf's segregation after World War II. Had he done so in his prime, perhaps Sifford -- rather than Tiger Woods -- would have been the first African-American golfer to win a major championship. Nevertheless, Sifford eventually succeeded in breaking the color barrier, becoming the first black PGA golfer.
Many of NASA’s early astronauts had an affinity for golf. Twelve of those men eventually walked on the moon, which became the biggest sand trap in the solar system in 1971, when one of those astronauts secured his place in history as golf's first lunar player.
A golf stance is square if your toes are on a line parallel to your target line -- forming what might look line railroad tracks. To open your stance, adjust your feet so the line points farther left (for a righthanded golfer). In other words, move your front foot back, relative to a normal stance. For certain shots, however, an open stance is considered preferable. It's an ideal alignment for certain pitch and chip shots. All-time golf great Lee Trevino used an open stance regularly, as does 2010 PGA Championship runner-up Bubba Watson.