Q: Jimbo, my friend and I love to play golf, but he never shuts up on the course. How can I play in peace?

A: If he’s yapping while you’re putting, that’s a problem. Rib him a little: “Hey, Zuks, how about some quiet while I whip your butt?” He’ll take the hint. But between shots or while you’re both waiting to hit, you don’t have my sympathy.

You know why rich guys make deals on the golf course? Because it’s a calm, private place to talk about important stuff. Maybe your china sees it the same way: the five hours you’re out there is his time to tell you what matters to him. And if that bothers you, then golf isn’t the real issue here.