Knowing what you don’t want in a golf buddy can be just as insightful as knowing what you do want.

There are, undoubtedly, certain types of golf partners that – I think we can all agree – are universally annoying and damaging to your game and positive golfing spirit.

Maybe at first you humor these folk. You might even rationalize their game behavior. You might even empathize, because I mean, we all have our off days. Yet, we all reach our breaking points. After humoring these folk for an extended period of time, you might feel ready to swing your club at something other than the ball.

So, who are these golf partners? What are some signs that you’re playing with one?

  1. The Chronic Complainer.

    This is the whiner. This golfer is always complaining about the course, the speed, the pace, and the weather. You name it, they’ll complain about it. Either tell this golfer you’ve had it with the whining or find a partner that can keep it positive.

  2. The Slow Poke.

    Sure, it’s good to be a mindful, meticulous player. This doesn’t mean taking forever and a day to make a hit. The slow poke takes way too many practice swings and waggles. This player reads the break of every green like he’s decoding search engine algorithms. And when he makes a move, you feel relieved and want to shout, “Finally!” Either tell this golfer to hurry things along or find a golf buddy with more speed.

  3. The Egomaniac.

    This golfer embarrassingly makes a display after a mistake or even after performing well. Choice four-letter words are projected. Clubs are slammed to the ground. Violent hand motions flail around. If you’re playing with a golfer that frequently experiences fits of rage when perfection is not met (or when it is), either call them out on it and tell them to chill or use to find yourself a more even-keeled player.

  4. The Know-It-All.

    No one likes a know-it-all at all – both on and off the course. Yes, it’s nice to have a partner that is experienced and helpful when it comes to your game. However, constant advice gets distracting. You are there to play golf. You are not there to humor your golf partner’s perceived golf genius and world-class game. You are there to work through your own game and learn by experience. Tell this player to back off or find a player that doesn’t deconstruct your backswing, your hip rotation, your over-all technique, etc.

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