Though I don't agree with most of these descriptions, I'm not going to be technical and thought it might be fun to take a poll and hear some commentary from TST members.
Which type of Golfer are you?
Just recently read that apparently golfers fall into at least ten categories which fit the type of golf they play or the type of player they are. Everyone has their quirks and foibles which can be allied to themselves or their golf.
Here’s a list of likely identification traits – see if any of them fits you or someone you know. And if you can create even more let’s have them. Please comment if one of these personalities hits you to a tee!
The Steady Eddie/Edwina
Plays off a handicap of between six and 14 (or 18-28 if a woman) and hardly ever misses a fairway off the tee although never long enough to ruffle the longest drive adjudicators. Has a decent compact swing and is irritatingly consistent with 32 -38 points and never seems to get rattled.
Always arrives an hour ahead of schedule and joins the group, directly from warm-up on the range. Doesn’t say a lot but focusses on his or her game with the occasional ‘good shot’ thrown in to show they’re not mute. Everyone aspires to their single figure returns but doesn’t enjoy handing over the sweep to such a single-minded person. Is there a Tiger Woods-type in your group?
The Barmy Arnie
This Hot-head could turn in scores of anything between 75 and 105. Goes for everything off the tee and very occasionally it comes off for several successive holes. Mostly, however, everyone tends to spend much of their own time searching for his balls in deep wet rough. This guy will also tend to bury clubhead after clubhead into the ground as he seeks perfection from an ultra-fast swing.
Don’t ever turn your back on this one! He or she will be up-to all kinds of tricks – mostly intentional, others born out of ignorance of the rules. They’ll toss an extra coin nearer the hole and replace their ball there when it’s their turn to putt, improve a dodgy lie in the rough and favorably miss-count when recalling their score. Some have even been known to play a wrong ball found in the rough, which they know isn’t their’s!
Lee Trevino could be accused of this type of behavior… never stopps chatting and can putt you off your stroke with incessant commentary, jokes and asides. But usually they’re such good company you can never accuse them of doing it on purpose as a form of gamesmanship. They just can’t help themselves.
Obsessed by numbers and will add up your shots – indeed the whole group – as well as their own (e.g. ‘I had a 5 with two putts; you had a 6 with three putts and Fred had a 5 with two putts and we’ll give him the tap-in.’). He or she will spend so much time adding up and working out who’s won, they’re always at the back when it comes to buying the post-round beers.
Has a set pre-shot routine for every stroke and will not be deflected from it – on the tee, in the fairway, from a bunker, on the green. This is the player who thinks he’s Sir Nick Faldo in his prime and causes following groups to get frustrated with your group’s pace of play. But they’re such nice people socially no one has the heart to mention it.
Nearly every roll-up group has one; they’re never satisfied with their own performance. They hit the green with a raking 3-iron from 200 yards… you say ‘Good shot!’, to which the retort comes back ‘yeah but I’ve left myself a downhill putt.’ They fade a high left-to-right hybrid around the trees and on to the green. ‘Good shot!’ you say, to which they reply ‘yeah, but shouldn’t have left myself that blind shot off the tee.’
Spends more than several minutes searching for their ball, often times knowing that they will never find their original ball - however comes out of hazards with multiple balls such as that of a chipmunk accumulating acorns for winter. Never satisfied with the occasional upgrade from the weeds, The Hawker insists that they were always farther up than where you stop them to search for their ball. Typically, this is holding up play for your group as well as the group behind you - however you will most likely ask them for a ball during your round.
Spends the majority of their time attempting to push the limits with every club in their bag. Feels the uncontrollable need to blurt the club that they were using when hearing compliments on the shot they hit. Often responds "7 iron!" or "That was the best I had with that 7 iron!" when hitting a successful shot from 160-180 out from the green to consistently remind you that they hit the ball much longer than you. Often turns in scores of 80-90 as a result of their own ego as they sometimes forget their own strength off the tee and score 5 and 6 on Par 3s when overshooting them.
Any of the above sound familiar?
I pulled the last 2 descriptions from another source online as I thought they were good additions to the original list.
I'm a mix between The Joker and The Bomber, but I had to choose The Bomber - minus the need to blurt out what club I used. I will gladly let someone know what I used, but I definitely don't have to tell everyone how far I hit each club.
So, what type of golfer are you?