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6 people you'll meet on the golf course

26 May 2017, 12:31 PM

To the untrained eye, all golfers may seem the same. Arriving in trendy golf attire, they carry irons and putters and value their handicap above all else. Scratch the surface, though, and you will find that the course can have as many different personalities teeing off as there are clubs in a bag.As a player, there is so much to think about.

You may find it hard to pick out which players to avoid and which to have by your side, so here’s a handy guide to the 6 personalities you are likely to find on every golf course.


Usually good company, these players may disturb your focus with non-stop commentary, jokes, asides and a vibrant golf shirt. Don’t take it personally, as they mean well and never intend to disturb your game. They might even make your day more entertaining!


You may not know how many mistakes you’ve made, but this player will. They don’t just know the rule book, they’ve written it. Your only worry is making sure they don’t catch you wiping morning dew from your golf ball.


Cool, calm and consistent, this golfer has perfected a compact swing and an ability to fall between a six handicap and a 15. Rarely ruffled, you’ll know exactly what to expect from their game. They take the game in their own stride and aren't that fussed over a lot of competition as they like to take their own time and enjoy the sport.


There's no need to worry about keeping track of your shots with this player on the green. Obsessed by working out their own shots (and everyone else’s), nothing will get past them unnoticed. A great partner to have by your side if you struggle to keep your scorecard in check.


Never happy with their own performance, what you see as a great shot will be another failed technicality to them. They take time to choose the right club for the elevated green and carefully consider seemingly simple obstacles. The perfectionist will always find something wrong with their own game, choosing analytical techniques over intuition.


Focus and single-mindedness make this player a quiet but disconcerting partner. Kitted out in top of the range golf clothing, they are steady and goal-driven. They arrive early on the course, warmed up and ready to go. They want you to doubt yourself, so will never give up, blocking out distractions to win by the biggest margin possible.

There’s so much to think about when you’re playing, from your club choice to weather conditions, your footwear and your clothing – should it be the Powakaddy FW3i or the Powakaddy FW5i? The Powakaddy bags or the Motocaddy bags? And how will you look and perform with the Galvin Green Alf trousers, the Callaway Driver & the Bushnell Tour V4?

Next time you find yourself on the green, be sure to watch out for these personalities. Learn their characteristics and work out how you can use them to your advantage.

They may be quiet, they may swing all day and they may even be you!