Could this personality test help Team USA to win back the Solheim Cup?
TOLEDO, Ohio – In the first round of practice open to fans of the 2021 Solheim Cup, the American squad already seemed to be thrilled.
Megan Khang was trying out new TikTok dances at the Inverness Country Club booth, and hooked up with Nelly Korda during an interview. At one point, Khang yelled at Lexi Thompson to involve her teammate in the fun.
“Lexi! Do you know how to smeeze? (For those of you as out of the loop as I was on this, the “Smeeze” is the newest TikTok dance craze.)
“Come over here! You have to try this!”
“I’m hitting bullets right now,” Lexi replied, half chuckling before returning to her place on the range and continuing to compose her wedges.
With a team of many and varied personalities, the American captain Pat Hurst tackles a not insignificant task: to form a cohesive group of players capable of setting the screw on Europeans and winning the Solheim Cup on American soil. One of the tools she relied on?
“We did a behavior profile,” Hurst said at the captains’ press conference on Wednesday. “This is basically how we put the pods together, it’s probably 75% of that. ”
The behavioral profile used by Team USA is called DISC Behavioral Assessment.
“It’s about how you react to certain situations and how you are on the golf course versus off,” assistant captain Stacy Lewis told GOLF.com. “A lot of people are very different.”
The test, which dates from 1928, focuses on four personality traits: Dominance, Influence, Stability and Compliance – all of which are important when it comes to building a successful team in a high pressure situation, such as Solheim Cup.
Essentially, the test asks an individual to answer a bunch of questions, then shows you where your personality lies on a large circle divided into four colors: red, yellow, green and blue. Each color has associated traits as follows:
Red: Goal oriented and competitive
Yellow: Open, happy, positive and sees opportunities where others see problems
Green: Friendly, calm, benevolent and sharing
Blue: Attention to detail and needs lots of facts to cover almost any topic
So how does knowing this about Team USA members help form groups and create a successful team environment?
The DISC Behavioral Assessment helped identify which members of the U.S. team should be matched up based on how they like to function, allowing Captains to create balance within Pods.
“Pat has used it a lot to figure out how to communicate with people, what words are going to vibrate them, what they are going to respond to best,” Lewis said. “It helped Pat connect with the players and get the best out of them. ”
On Wednesday, there was no official word on which players landed in which pods, but there was apparently one obvious giveaway: the interview schedule. The 12 American players will conduct their pre-match press sessions in three groups of four:
—Jessica Korda, Nelly Korda, Megan Khang and Ally Ewing (with Lewis accompanying them)
—Austin Ernst, Danielle Kang, Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas (paired with Assistant Captain Angela Stanford)
—Brittany Altomare, Mina Harigae, Yealimi Noh and Lexi Thompson (with assistant captain Michelle Wie)
Will reviews – and pods – work? Come back on Monday.