Friday, May 16

Paul Goydos to Become Tour’s First Personality Coach

ACCORDING TO SOURCES, Paul Goydos, the affable journeyman who finished second to Sergio Garcia at The Players Championship, will offer individualized instruction to PGA Tour players to help them develop and enhance their personalities.

Many golf observers have criticized the PGA Tour for being devoid of personality in recent years. Goydos, who this past week charmed the media and golf fans even in defeat, will set out to change the negative perception one Tour player at a time.

“In an age of swing coaches, short game gurus, golf psychologists, nutritionists, fitness instructors, sports agents, business managers, personal assistants –- did I miss any? –- the emergence of the personality coach is probably long overdue,” said a Tour insider.

“I think Paul Goydos is the right man for the job.”

Goydos will reportedly offer a range of services to include cliché avoidance, role play, quips and asides, case studies of past personality greats, fan interaction 101, mastering the media conference and carefree body language.

Goydos’ client list will be confidential, but “we’ll know who they are as they make personality gains,” said the Tour source. The 16-year veteran will continue to play Tour events in addition to coaching.

Asked if he could foresee a day on Tour when a “personality” trailer would be parked alongside the fitness trailer, the source said, “I don’t see why not. It would show the Tour’s commitment to personality and hopefully widen our fan base.”

−The Armchair Golfer

(This is an ARMCHAIR GOLF spoof.)


Lancer said...

Most of them could certainly use some coaching in this area. I suspect, though, that personality is like a good golf swing and you either have it or you don't. If you don't, it can't be taught. I somehow suspect this is a spoof. If not, it ought to be.

Steve Gould said...

I have to agree with the previous comment you either have it or you do not. I would just wish that they would all show they are having fun.

Lancer said...

I feel like an idiot for missing the last sentence of the post that clearly states the posting was a spoof. I didn't see it, hence my comments. I hope Goydos gets in the hunt many times because he is enjoyable to watch and fun to listen to.

Sally said...

Lancer: Don't feel like an idiot! I added it after your first comment. I tend to think some of the Tour guys already have more personality than they let on, but are perhaps afraid to let it show like the players of past generations. Must be a byproduct of our PC times and the big money interests in golf.

The Armchair Golfer said...

The "Sally" comment was actually me. (The wife was using the computer and I didn't sign in before commenting.)

Bobbio said...

Consider that of the 144 or so players teeing it up only a handful will be interviewed. Most aren't in contention and are in their motel rooms before the leaders finish. There may be plenty of Goydos' unheard.

Also, it irks me to watch Tiger stalk his 6 foot putt for 5 minutes when I could have seen 10 other player's shots. Don't get me wrong, I like Tiger. He's not the one choosing camera shots.

OrlandoGolfBlogger said...

very nice post! I was like, they can't be serious, a personality coach? What's next, a walk instructor?? Good spoof, would've had me if lancer hadn't spilled the beans :)

Orlando Golf Blogger

Westy said...

Send this story to

Good Spoof!

John Weiss said...

Paul certainly is a class act who seems to have it altogether until he gets to crunch time.