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As more women move up to senior positions in the workplace, they might need to start spending some time on the golf course. “Golf is a great way to build relationships with clients, prospective clients, people within your company,” says Adrienne Wax, co-author of Even Par: How Golf helps Women Gain The Upper Hand In Business. “If you can talk about golf, all of the sudden, you have a reason to talk to the CEO or your boss two levels above you (via The Glass Hammer).”
Despite the fact that golfing can increase your relationships and possibly help you get ahead, there’s a reason women aren’t rushing to golf courses en masse.
According to Wax’s book, many women are afraid of embarrassing themselves.
“The mental hurdles women must overcome in order to get on the course and use golf for business success far exceed the physical hurdles — hurdles such as fear of embarrassment, feeling you don’t belong, thinking everyone who plays golf is good, discomfort with unfamiliar surroundings.”
And that’s a huge difference between men and women, according to Hilary Bruggen, CEO of Strelmark, which helps business build better relationships with their clients and employees.
“Women who can’t golf, don’t,” Bruggen told Fortune reporter Anne Fisher. “But men who can’t, do. They’re hackers, and that’s OK. The most important thing is cementing good relationships on the course, not whether you’re Tiger Woods.”
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