The Best Golf Quotes of All Time

What is the game of golf without a little fun. Some of these athletes that have played this game for decades have acquired the sort of attitude and expertise on the game that we expect a C-level executive to have acquired at his company. Athletics as well as any other business is about trusting in your training and improving on your mistakes. If an athlete focuses too much on the mistakes that they’ve made, then there will be no room for concentration on the play at hand.

One of the biggest mistakes any athlete can make are mental mistakes. Having the appropriate mentality is crucial to any sport. You train, you go out on the golf course, and you trust your training. Short term memory is vital in this sport because it’s so easy to get upset and get your head out of the game. Focus begins with mental preparation and ends after every shot. Golf is filled with failures, and some of the best golfers (and any athlete or businessman) learn from those failures and are able to move past them.

This is a long winded statement for the slideshare I will be posting below, but the point is that throughout their tenure, professional golfers have been able to create some quotes that are wiser than words and show that their head is in the right place when it comes to the game of golf.

 

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy Pre US Open

Adrian Rubin 2015 US OpenThere was a strange sight at the golf course on Wednesday at the US Open. Tiger Woods was grinding. Showing up extremely early to his 5:28pm EST tee time, Woods did not sign up for a nine-hole practice round, rather he spend two hours simply practicing. We have typically seen Tiger Woods as a player that is on the golf course an entire day before a major event and the first to leave after the event. We are seeing a new Tiger Woods these days, as he struggled vehemently at the Memorial two weeks ago and is currently ranked 195th in the world.

Rory McIlroy’s tee time was at 5:30 so that he could experience the course at its fieriest, firmest, and most difficult. He want’s to play at a later time so that the course is at its most difficult. In this way, the world’s #1 golfer is able to play in the most difficult terrain. This is like adding ankle weights to your shoes, when you take them off, it’s easier to walk.

Tiger Woods has also noticed this trend. He stated that there is a big difference with how the course plays from morning to afternoon. In the late afternoon, the course is much faster and drier. The golf course dries out, and the ball does not stick to the fairway as well as it did in the morning.

The golf course in question? Chambers Bay, a public golf course on the Puget Sound in University Place, Washington. This course has been chosen to host the 2015 US Open.

An Attempted Modernization of Golf

Andrew Rubin PXG GolfGolf has taken a bit of a tumble over the last decade with numbers on the decline, as the sport is having trouble catering to new emerging markets. A startup company, Parsons Xtreme Golf is looking to redefine some of that market, by shaking up the sport a bit. You might know the founder of PXG, Bob Parsons, as he was also the founder of GoDaddy.

The PXG brand recently got a new spokeswoman in Anna Rawson, the LPGA player/model/Colombia Business School Graduate. She was also a GoDaddy girl, prompting the marketing question, is Parson’s at it again? That’s right, just like with GoDaddy, Parson’s is trying to market his company with sexuality as the front-runner.

In an effort to modernize the sport of Golf, Rawson has made statements reguarding the re-branding of the entire sport. Where golf is seen as a bit antiquated in it traditions, PXG is attempting to revitalize the industry to cater to a younger market.

Golf has been declining over the years partly because of the lack of youth participation. It is a game that requires money, patients, and folling the rules by the book – something that today’s youth lacks in. A lot of golf courses in America have been forced to go bankrupt because they haven’t been able to attract new customers, and the land is simply too expensive.

What’s happening now is an attempt to revitalize the sport in some fashion to attract more guests.  Ideas have been thrown around and implemented such as making the holes bigger, or adding more traps that lead to increased strategy and preparation. Golfing ranges have added big flashing targets and lights to aesthetically improve the game.

Golf isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, I love golf, and I know that people after me will too. The market for the sport is on the decline, and with the help of unit economics, we should see changes in the sport in the near future.