The questions are often silly, and it seems more often than not there isn't even an answer that best describes me, so I just pick the closest and move on...but it got me thinking about a post a wrote back in 2008 that describes some golfers I know, including some of my favorite golf pals!
My years of golfing with the boys have given me a unique perspective into the interesting character traits of the guys I get to play with. So to pay homage to them, here are my 10 favorite Golfing Guy Personalities (most of my buddies have multiple personalities!!). Maybe you’ll find some of your own here, too…
10. The Gadget Guy – he’s the one that always seems to have new club or two in the bag. Club manufacturers love this guy- he’s out spending $300 bucks on a new driver and the one that was in his bag is from last season (and we only have a half of a season up here). He’s also the guy that likes to try what’s in other people’s bags.
9. Mr. All Cylinders – he’s the guy that never lays up, never really looks at options - it’s just “how long can I hit this ball” from the get-go…the score never seems as important as hitting par-5’s in two or flying over a sand-trap. He’s usually really fun to watch because he goes so long – now if his short game would come around…
8. “I’m working on my game” Guy – always tinkering with his swing, putting stroke, stance, etc. Usually a decent golfer but never commits to a change so doesn’t see a big change with his game.
7. Mr. Roboto – it’s like the world around completely disappears and once the pre-shot routine and swing start it’s exactly the same every time. Usually a very mechanical swing and very consistent, but when it’s an off day, it’s off all day.
6. The Guy that explains every shot – after every swing, whether good or bad, there is some sort of explanation of the lie, swing, conditions, thoughts, etc. that impacted the result of the shot.
5. Mr. Where’s the Beverage Cart – mostly out for the enjoyment of the game and the company rather than the score – he usually buys, too, so I like being in that foursome!
4. “You should have to hit from the White Tees” Guy – all these guys blow past me on the tee, but I get to hear this a least once a round as I mosey up the middle and drop a few putts (and they take a few detours in the woods or water) and they find themselves down a few strokes. I just smile and keep teeing it up on the Reds.
3. Mr. Blow-Up Hole – he will have a decent round going and then out of nowhere a triple or worse shows up…usually it happens out of frustration from one mistake that compounds into several extra strokes…sometimes he recovers, sometimes the whole round goes in the tank.
2. The Storyteller – just about any shot can remind this guy about some other shot or some other round and we get to hear about it. The story usually gets better with time, and I don't mind hearing about it at all.
1. Mr. Streaky –my favorite because it can happen to any one of us - every once in awhile the swing is great, the bounces are all good and the putts all drop – it’s the round we wait for all summer…and it’s hard not to ride the wave of his excitement.
Behind all of these personalities are great guys (and I love them all!) and I’m so thankful that they let me join them.