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.