Yet Another Golfing Analogy for Entrepreneurs

Having previously posted some golf analogies applicable to business, another one comes to mind. Learning how to build a smooth golf swing is similar to growing a business.

Before you start the golf swing, you need to have a proper setup that includes the stance, grip, posture, balance and so on. It is no different for a business. One needs to make sure that you are established properly – the relevant name, legal and tax structure, banking relationships, basic facilities, web presence, initial IT infrastructure are present.

The backswing is critical to the full swing. If the fundamentals of your backswing are not correct, it will be difficult to swing your club on the proper plane for a straight, long shot. Similarly, businesses need to make sure that when they start, the basic fundamentals are in place – a quality product or service with sufficient testing, core group of employees, proven customers and vendors, an organization to support growth, etc. If the backswing is rushed, the total swing is destroyed. When the business starts to run before it can walk, growth will be very difficult to manage.

The downswing starts slowly and accelerates just close to the point of impact to generate maximum power. If acceleration is sooner or later in the swing, optimum power is lost. In business, if one grows too fast without controlling the timing it can be problematic. Business growth has to be synchronized with the capability of the organization. If the orders come in but the organization cannot deliver, it leads to challenges. Timing is critical for the proper growth of a business, as it is for acceleration in a golf swing.

A nice, smooth, balanced finish completes the ideal golf swing. However, if the business is successful a finish is not what we need. Let us end the analogy before that.

Golf has many lessons for an Entrepreneur!

Ravi Patel


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