How to golf like a pro – with Dr Gio

90% of Fortune 500 CEOs play golf, and CEOs who golf are thought to earn 17% more than those who don’t. Here’s what you need to know, as told by Dr Gio Valiante and Kirsten Levermore

Playing golf with decision-makers is one of the most commonly used strategies for doing business at the top.

Why? People of any age, gender or ability can play, and you spend a very minimal amount of time actually playing the sport/hitting the ball – this allows for a minimum three hour block for conversation, unlike many other sporting events.

Many execs also believe that how you conduct yourself in golf says a lot about your character.

The greatest golf psychologist on the PGA tour, “Dr Gio”, knows what it takes to make a round of golf go smoothly. Here are his best tips exclusively for Dialogue readers, so you can play your best and keep your thoughts off a bad game and on your fellow golfers…


–  Dr Gio Valiante is Head Performance Coach at Point 72, and has worked with golfers such as Davis Love III, Matt Kuchar and Justin Rose, with his clients winning more than 60 PGA Tour and LPGA Tour events. Valiante also consults business professionals on resilience, grit and organizational excellence. 

Join Dialogue and Stanford Alumni in France this August 19th  for the Stanford Europe Golf Tournament and test out these tips expand your network. For details, see