As a golf instructor, I have taught all personality types and I am convinced that your personality shows up during your golf game.
When I was a college professor I remember having to take the Myers-Brigg personality test. I always tested as an ESTJ (extroverted, sensing, thinking, judging). I know that my personality comes out in my swing and my attitude on the golf course.
I interview my students prior to their first lesson, and what they do or did for a living helps me figure out what kind of learner they are, and possibly their personality type. For example: Accountants, engineers, nurses, and some teachers tend to be more left-brain and analytical.
Several golf psychologists have come up with golf personality profiles. Brett Hardin’s four personality types is interesting and easy to understand. Someone can be any of the four, but typically feel most natural in one.
Driver: Fact-based Extrovert. Drivers are very strong personalities. Typically they have a go-get-it-done personality. They are very dominant and are quick to take action. They are goal-oriented, strong willed, a risk-taker and outwardly competitive.
Analytical: Fact-Based Introvert. Analytical, logical, methodical and serious. They are constantly assessing and making lists of to do things. They constantly ask questions, almost to the point of getting too much information. They can suffer from “analysis paralysis.” A key for these players is they need to quiet their active mind to sharpen focus.
Amiable: Relationship Introvert. Calm, laid back and hard to excite. They are relaxed and desire a peaceful environment. They go out of their way not to upset people. A key for these players is they need to get their competitive juices flowing before they tee off.
Expressive: Relationship Extrovert. They are “people” persons. They are enthusiastic, optimistic, sociable, creative, instinctive and outgoing. They enjoy socializing and talking. They get others excited about ideas and issues. A key for these players is they need to quiet their active mind to sharpen focus and concentration.
Knowing your personality can help you with the following in golf:
• How you learn most effectively
• Tolerance for swing changes
• How long or short your attention span might be
• How long or short your temperament “fuse” might be
• Course management strategies
• Practice strategies
In what ways does your personality type affect your golf game?
Dr. Jean Harris is an LPGA Master Professional and teaches at local courses. firstname.lastname@example.org; golfdoctorjean.com