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Recently, Golf is Hard TV ran a survey asking how aggressive you are on the golf course. Do you typically lay up, go for it or always play safe.
The results were:
- Risk taker: I always go for it 26%
- Moderate: I tend to lay up 65%
- Safe: I always lay up 8%
For me (this is Marc posting), in almost all cases, I think the answer is “it depends.” In asking myself this question however, I started to think about my own playing habits, and in some cases, the decisions I make off the golf course. I’m wondered if my risk taking on the golf couse matches my poker playing style, my approach and work, and in life in general.
In sports, gaming and fun, I tend to be a go for the glory kind of guy. There is nothing like that feelng of hitting a bottom of the 9th bomb to win it all or sinking a last second 3 pointer to win a game. Similarly, it’s an enormous amount of fun to double down in blackjack, and is there a person on the planet that wouldn’t get a thrill from saying “I’m all in.” Doubtful! I also happen to be a notoriously aggressive chess and monopoly player!
In my personal and business life, I tend to play it a tad safer, but I’ve certainly taken my share of big career and personal risks as well. I’ve taken jobs that paid thousands of dollars less because I saw opportunities for the future. I got married early, went to college thousands of miles away from home and risked being a “goddamn independant” instead of joining a fraternity in college.
What does it mean for me on the golf course? It means when the time is right, if you are playing against me, I’m probably pretty easy to bait into doing dumb things for the thrill of it. There is one shot in particular I can’t seem to avoid trying… anything over water or a long iron shot into the teeth of a bunker. In my head, that’s a shot at glory… something I can’t seem to resist!
What about you – are you a risky golfer? Does your risking taking of the course match how you are off the course? Let us know!