Sandbagging: Faking Incompetence on the Golf Course
Sandbagging is a self-presentation strategy involving the false claim of inability. A golfer sandbags by intentionally inflating his or her handicap. Over 2,400 active recreational golfers participated in the study. The vast majority of these golfers claimed they would be unwilling to sandbag even in a setting where sandbagging was prevalent and one could sandbag without getting caught. Golfers who were willing to inflate their handicaps scored higher on Gibson and Sachau’s (2000) trait sandbagging scale, were more likely to believe that sandbagging is common, and were more likely to use interpersonal sandbagging on the course (direct claims of inability) than golfers who were unwilling to inflate their handicaps. Motives for sandbagging are discussed as are suggestions for reducing sandbagging.
International Journal of Golf Science
Sachau, D., Simmering, L., Ryan, W., & Adler, M. (2014). Sandbagging: Faking Incompetence on the Golf Course. International Journal of Golf Science, 3(1), 64-77.
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Copyright © Human Kinetics, Inc. Article published by Human Kinetics, Inc. in International Journal of Golf Science, volume 3, issue number 1, June 2014, pages 64-77. Available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/ijgs.2013-0001.