Talking on the Golf Course
Cues for Quiet on the Course
Talking is an integral part of the golf experience. Walking the fairway, waiting between shots, pausing at the turn, relaxing at the nineteenth hole—whether it's a personal or business outing, these are perfect opportunities to catch up on the latest news, enjoy the banter between friends, and build relationships. As important as it is to be a good participant in conversation, however, in golf, the key to being a successful conversationalist begins with knowing when to be quiet.
During a Shot
Whether you're on the tee, the fairway, or the green, as the players approach their balls, it's important for the incessant joke teller or talker to take a break and save that priceless story or joke until after everyone has taken their swings. This doesn't mean you can start talking again as soon as the first golfer hits his shot. Wait until all the members of your group have made their shots before resuming your stroll down the fairway—and your story or joke.
The jokester is oblivious of his effect on others. He's the guy who keeps telling an endless stream of stories and jokes—never just one. Slowly, the others start to realize that his jokes aren't for their amusement, but rather to keep the attention centered on him. No matter how funny someone may be, there's such a thing as too much of a good thing.