Posted on: October 5th, 2012 by Jen Mueller

Sports metaphors can be effective descriptors at work – if everyone is on the same page and understands its correct meaning.  Each week we’ll take a look at a familiar sports phrase or metaphor in business, identify its origin, explain its meaning and demonstrate how to use it in business.

Talk Sporty to Me Blog, Par for the CourseSports phrase: Par for the Course

This is a golf term that relates the to number of shots needed to complete a hole or course.  Par for the course is considered average play and the goal in golf is to finish under par.  That means that a golfer shot better than average.

Business Application: In business, the phrase is often misused by non-golfers. If something is ‘par for the course’ it means the situation is what you would expect.  Many times it’s used with a slightly negative connotation.  It’s a different way of saying something is “status quo.”

  • For example: The budget for the company retreat was cut again this year, but that’s par for the course around here.

*Take these definitions with a grain of salt.  They’re based on years of being a fan and more than a decade in sports broadcasting and Jen’s status as America’s Expert Talker.