If you are a golfer yourself, you already know many of the qualities—physical, mental, emotional—that lead to greatness on the course. If you don’t golf, you may have formed impressions from TV and movies: it’s a boring game, duffers ride around in carts, angry people throw clubs into the lake, the men wear plaid pants and funny hats.
Save the stereotypes for the weekend hackers. The truth is, golfers who take the game seriously have numerous characteristics that would translate well into dating relationships. Consider these:
1. Golfers know that handicaps are a part of life and people shouldn’t be judged because of them.
2. They know that consistency leads to greatness. That’s certainly true with romantic relationships.
3. Golfers know how to deal with frustration … and lots of it.
4. Their mindset is to compete against themselves to improve. You want someone who is going to support you in all things, and not compete with you.
5. Golf requires significant focus and concentration. These qualities lead to success in other areas of life.
6. Golfers strive for emotional balance—a combination of energy and equanimity. Who wouldn’t want that quality in a dating partner?
7. They know how to make conversation. Only a small portion of a three to four hour game is spent whacking the ball, so there’s lots of time for small talk.
8. Golf emphasizes mental toughness. As legend Bobby Jones said, “Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course—the distance between your ears.”
9. Golfers know that small things (two-foot putts) matter as much as big things (long drives off the tee). Skilled lovers know the same thing.
10. They know there will be good days and bad days.
11. Golfers understand they must forget mistakes and move on if they’re going to succeed. That’s a good principle for relationships as well.
12. Golf reinforces punctuality. Players take tee time seriously. In fact, tournament competitors are usually disqualified if they are late.
13. You’ll be introduced to a colorful new dialect. You will learn words like “waggle” and “wormburner,” and you’ll discover that “overclubbing” doesn’t mean spending too much time at dance venues.
14. Committed golfers are in it the long haul, since instant success is rare. You definitely want a partner like that.
15. If you take up golf too, you’ll be spending countless hours together in pristine park-like settings. Not a bad way to nurture romance.
Why else would one want to date a golfer?