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post #1 of 60
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I think it was about a month ago or so, when I was playing a round at my club with a buddy of mine.  We golf together every weekend.  It was just one of those days where I got no breaks at all.  I got screwed throughout the round as every bounce the ball took was a bad one.  I was unlucky to get bad bounces off trees and overall nothing was going my way.  The frustration level was definitely building throughout the round and it was coming to a head......On the 13th hole, which is a short par 5 but one that has a severe dogleg left in it, I found myself in a great position for my third shot.  I was only 50 yards out but my ball had not rolled down the slope from left to right and instead caught up in the rough on the left.  Since there is a hugh left to right slope, the ball was going to be way below my feet.  Still, I had a short third shot from about 50 yards and was thinking that if I can get it close and make a putt for birdie that it could turn around my round. 

 

The third shot was terrible.  I caught it thin and it went way right into the hazard.  That was the straw that broke the camels back.  I lost it.  Completely lost it.  Clubs went flying and I was cussing like a sailor.  Of course my buddy thinks that this is the funniest thing he's ever seen.  This just makes me even more angry.  I tried to break my lob wedge by slamming it against the cart pat.  Of course I could not even do this right as I could not even break a club I was trying to break!

 

The meltdown lasted for the rest of the round.  After I got home and cooled down, I was embarrassed.  I realized that I was completely nuts and should not have acted in that way.  I never had a meltdown like that before so all of this was new to me.  I've seen people get mad before on the course but never in a way that I was. 

 

So the next Saturday I get to my club and we are waiting for a frost delay.  My friend is telling everyone about my meltdown and we all had a good chuckle.  I still felt bad and was embarrassed.  Fortunately, the people that were standing around us listening to my buddy's play by play of my meltdown then chimed in with their own stories from either their own meltdowns or ones that they witnessed.  Many of the stories were a lot worse then mine, from the guy that threw his whole golf bag into a lake to someone that threw a wedge into a tree and the club was then stuck in the tree and could not get it out.

 

It made me feel better that I was not the only one that went completely nuts.  I was thinking that I was really crazy until I heard those stories.  I mean I have seen people get mad but my outburst was really bad in my opinion.  I guess this happens to many out there from time to time.  Please feel free to share your stories about either epic meltdowns/tantrums that you saw or were part of......

 

 

note:  I will say that I was careful when I was melting down not to damage or disrespect the course.  My first thought was to slam my wedge into the green but I did not as I realized that this would not be good.  Thus the reason that I tried to break my wedge on the curb of the golf cart path which is paved.

post #2 of 60

Is that wedge still in one piece? If so, you still have unfinished business.

 

I learnt to pull and replace shafts after my last outburst. Unfortunately, the driver was a bore-thru and now sports a custom-torched look.

post #3 of 60
I'm usually pretty even keeled, but after a five putt the putter ended up being thrown at a tree and it got stuck, never came down. Was playing with a buddy who didn't have time to stay and recover the putter. Ended up being a hurricane the next day, it must have gotten blown down and someone took it.
post #4 of 60

I actually have sent three putters to their watery grave.

Yesterday I three putted the first four holes, but I brought the putter back home. I must be getting old.

 

I play twice a week with my neighbor in Florida, and last week I beat him by 5 strokes. I have been telling him for 6 months to get his clubs re-gripped. The grips are dry and slippery. On Saturday we went to the golf shop and he got re-gripped.

Yesterday he beat me by 10 strokes! So I'm 3 putting and he's shooting his best rounds!    He owes me big time!

post #5 of 60

I have been the lucky recipient of someone's meltdown.  I found the working half of an Odyssey putter in a small on-course trash barrel which I retrieved eventually re-shafted.  Subsequently had the same situation repeat itself but a Cleveland wedge the second time.  I wish the angry golfer had played 36!

post #6 of 60

Here is one for the books true story that I at least got some money and my wife, son or best friend will tell you it is the truth. To this day no one including myself really know why it happened.

 

The day I quit playing about 5 years ago, I remember it being a Saturday at Birch Hill in Brea. Had a full bag of Callaways X-20 graphite Shafts, Callaway woods 3,5,7, driver and a Rosi putter, Callaway stand bag all I had just bought a month prior only two rounds on them all. Golf shoes about a month old, push cart and balls.

I had not had a good round in months no matter what I did nothing had gone right, putting 3 plus per hole. driver was a slice and if not a hook. I could not even get the ball in the air to save my life. I even stopped playing in the club tournaments once a month and was around 10 handicap for the most part before my melt down or what ever you want to call it.

This last round that day was like every round I had been having, only this time I lost my mind walked off the course and asked best offer for cash takes all. 20 min later had $400 and went home thinking I would never play again.

 

Here it is all the years later my son has me back in the game. A bit older and wiser, don't keep score half the time and get a lesion when I cant fix what is going wrong. 

Go figure!

post #7 of 60
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Originally Posted by hacker101 View Post

Here is one for the books true story that I at least got some money and my wife, son or best friend will tell you it is the truth. To this day no one including myself really know why it happened.

 

The day I quit playing about 5 years ago, I remember it being a Saturday at Birch Hill in Brea. Had a full bag of Callaways X-20 graphite Shafts, Callaway woods 3,5,7, driver and a Rosi putter, Callaway stand bag all I had just bought a month prior only two rounds on them all. Golf shoes about a month old, push cart and balls.

I had not had a good round in months no matter what I did nothing had gone right, putting 3 plus per hole. driver was a slice and if not a hook. I could not even get the ball in the air to save my life. I even stopped playing in the club tournaments once a month and was around 10 handicap for the most part before my melt down or what ever you want to call it.

This last round that day was like every round I had been having, only this time I lost my mind walked off the course and asked best offer for cash takes all. 20 min later had $400 and went home thinking I would never play again.

 

Here it is all the years later my son has me back in the game. A bit older and wiser, don't keep score half the time and get a lesion when I cant fix what is going wrong. 

Go figure!

My wife keep the date for some reason it was Feb 10 2010, 11:52 am man it seems longer then that ago!

I guess I really did have a meltdown.

post #8 of 60

My cousin was playing really badly one day and by the 18th was in a truly foul mood. After hooking his drive into the woods and punching back out square, he's got a clear shot to the green except for one single long branch of a Blue Gum that's overhanging the fairway. It's maybe 80 yards away and maybe three inches thick. "If I hit that ****ing tree, I'm selling my clubs on eBay," he says. He did, he did and as far as I know he's never been on a golf course since.

 

Related, heard a really good chirp the other day. Guy duffs a shot, effs and blinds, hurls his club into some thickish bush. Playing partner deadpans: "Mate I don't know if you're going to find that. You wanna throw a provisional club just in case?"

post #9 of 60
Thread Starter 

I'm not sure if it's true or not but I remember hearing a story about a guy that had a meltdown and took one of his clubs and smashed into the ground or something.  It had a graphite shaft and it broke sending shards of graphite into his torso.  I guess one of the shards hit his heart and killed him!

 

Has anyone else heard of this?  Is it true?

 

 

I also remember hearing something about Ben Crenshaw.  I guess he was furious at one point in a Ryder Cup and broke his putter?  He had to putt for the rest of the round with a 1 iron I think......After hearing that story "Gentle Ben" was no more......

post #10 of 60
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Related, heard a really good chirp the other day. Guy duffs a shot, effs and blinds, hurls his club into some thickish bush. Playing partner deadpans: "Mate I don't know if you're going to find that. You wanna throw a provisional club just in case?"

 

that is genius...

post #11 of 60

Funny how this game can bring out the very best or very worst in a person.

After all we are just hitting a little white ball in the a little hole so many hundred yards away that most of us older guys can not even see...c1_cursing.gif.

post #12 of 60
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Originally Posted by Stretch View Post

Related, heard a really good chirp the other day. Guy duffs a shot, effs and blinds, hurls his club into some thickish bush. Playing partner deadpans: "Mate I don't know if you're going to find that. You wanna throw a provisional club just in case?"

 

that is genius...

 

That was NMGolf a couple days ago, got 5 thumbs up and a nomination for post of the month:

 

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This past weekend my buddy let fly a few choice words along with his wedge. It was a nice throw but it flew into a tree and stayed there. I suggested he throw a provisional club since I didn't know if we would be able to find the first one. LOL He wasn't amused. b2_tongue.gif

post #13 of 60
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That was NMGolf a couple days ago, got 5 thumbs up and a nomination for post of the month:

 

 

Hahaha. Went back and checked and I'm one of the thumbs up-pers. Must have had a few ales in me at the time, as I couldn't remember exactly where it had entered my brain.

post #14 of 60
Uh, you said "Thumbs up-pers"...he he..hehehe (read:Beavis)
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Uh, you said "Thumbs up-pers"...he he..hehehe (read:Beavis)

 

 

LOL!!!  the next thread below this one was "Short Thumb vs Long Thumb"....

post #16 of 60

I try not to lose my cool with sports but golf is different animal. So far, I've never lost control at the golf course, but in the back yard when no one is around is a different story. I'd whipped an old iron once or twice but nothing ever bent or broke. Last Fall, I bought a decent set of Adams irons. I soon came to realize the old clubs weren't the reason for my poor play. One day while practicing especially poorly with my five iron, I go off on tirade that ended with the club going airborne. Of course, it hits a wood pile and bends the shaft up by the handle.

 

A couple of weeks later, my oldest son was at the house visiting from college. Now here's a kid with a temper on the golf course. But he picks up the club and asks what happened. I tell him and he looks at me like I'm crazy, tells me "Dad, you can't do that with your new clubs". My 21 year old son was scolding me for doing something stupid. That reaction coming from him made me feel as though I committed the most heinous crime in history. Suddenly, I felt really embarrassed by what I'd done. So I brought the club into the pro shop to be re-shafted, ready to be judged for my loss of control. I felt obligated to explain to the staff how the shaft became damaged. They kind of laughed at me, not because I'd lost it and ruined a perfectly good iron, but because I had no clue as to how often they repair clubs damaged due to temper tantrums by otherwise normal middle-aged adults.

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Uh, you said "Thumbs up-pers"...he he..hehehe (read:Beavis)

 

 

LOL!!!  the next thread below this one was "Short Thumb vs Long Thumb"....

 

My bet is that Ernest Jones' sister goes with the Long Thumb d4_w00t.gif

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My bet is that Ernest Jones' sister goes with the Long Thumb d4_w00t.gif

HEY!!!!

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