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I've been forced by unnamed staff members to tell the story... might this be a lesson to you all!

"The Angry Golfer or Complete Idiot"
yeah, that's me. I actually qualify for both categories
After a series of shanks I was on the tee of a par 3 - 180 yds, slight wind into me, water guarding the green all along the right side. I proceeded to place a wonderful slice right in the middle of the lake ... Disgusted with myself, holding my 4 iron in the left hand I swang at the ground with pure intention of making a 2 ft deep divot, just to release the accumulated anger... should've know better. My swing was so off that day, that I missed the ground, whiffed completly and instead of releasing the anger... I released the club on the follow through !!!! It went right over the heads of my playing partners with a nice high draw trajectory... right into a small pond on the left side of the tee box. Oh yea, right in the middle of it. Good 20ft away from the edge with NO chance of retrieval.
I'm a idiot.

In my defense (and I hope people who played with me can testify to that) - I rarely destroy the enjoyment of the round when I'm bad. In my case it's a explosion right after (repeated) bad shot, but 10 seconds later I'm smiling and talking again. IMHO people who stay in a pissy mood for the entire round are much harder to tolerate. At least with me all you have to do is duck once... and still enjoy the day

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Knock on wood, I've never broken or damaged a club. I have on several occasions stabbed an iron or wedge into the ground and many times have given my clubs the ole "helicopter" toss. I've gotten better at controlling my anger on the course once I realized that I'm not a pro and don't get paid to play.

Lately I've tried snapping a rubber band around my wrist after hitting a poor shot or to release a little frustration. The physical pain out lasts the mental pain and help you remember not to do that again.

The funny thing about Rafi's 4-iron is that throughout the entire week of the Newport Cup he kept hearing from players how this next shot would be a "perfect 4-iron" only to help keep his wound open a little longer
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The funny thing about Rafi's 4-iron is that throughout the entire week of the Newport Cup he kept hearing from players how this next shot would be a "perfect 4-iron" only to help keep his wound open a little longer

That's hilarious!

I would have paid some local kid to go in and get it.
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That's hilarious!

Was it?

Yeah, it was a tough crawd. Not only it cost me $180.00 (bought the sonartec MD to replace it), but I had to hear it over and over and over.. Let's see if I learned my lesson. I hope so
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Oh yea, right in the middle of it. Good 20ft away from the edge with NO chance of retrieval.

The pond was actually probably less than 20 feet across. It just happened to go right into the middle, and the problem with courses like the one we were on is that the water in even those really narrow "ponds" (dug out for fill material for fake mounds) is that they're 20 feet deep.

[QUOTE=Everardo;32971]Knock on wood, I've never broken or damaged a club. I have on several occasions stabbed an iron or wedge into the ground and many times have given my clubs the ole "helicopter" toss. I've gotten better at controlling my anger on the course once I realized that I'm not a pro and don't get paid to play.[/SIZE] I've never broken a club in anger (have had the head snap off a 7-iron while playing a shot once), but I've buried a few clubs in the ground. It's the least destructive destructive thing you can do. Twice, ever, I've swiped at a green with my putter to try to knock the ball away and accidentally taken a divot. That's the worst I've ever felt on a golf course, to the point where I would understand if the playing partners that day would never want to play with me again (except that they didn't, because they understand). Twice in 10-15 years causing actual damage to the golf course and/or my clubs is a pretty good pace, probably, but what I'm saying is that I'd prefer it to be 0.
Lately I've tried snapping a rubber band around my wrist after hitting a poor shot or to release a little frustration. The physical pain out lasts the mental pain and help you remember not to do that again.

Next he'll move up to the self-whipping and that thorny thing the guy in

The Da Vinci Code had around his thigh.
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I'm of the opinion that if you play long enough and often enough, there's going to be some piece of equipment along the way that suffers. If that doesn't happen you're not playing enough golf. I've thrown many balls. I've snapped a putter shaft over my knee. It helps. But I learned and only occasionally now throw a ball back into the water or woods. Hey, the game's hard enough without the d*mn equipment getting in your way.

Rafi's incident was, I think, more accident than meltdown. Playing with him in the last round I couldn't think of a more positive person to play with, except for the uniquely Jersey jargon that narrated his less than perfect shots. Of course, playing with me, another Jersey guy, it was easy to lapse into our shared regional argot. I think the father and son playing with us came to quickly understand that the dialog on the Sopranos is the real f***ing thing.

Our expletives maybe aren't polite. But they're sincere.
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Playing with him in the last round I couldn't think of a more positive person to play with, except for the uniquely Jersey jargon that narrated his less than perfect shots.

Rafi is a great guy to play with and you could always tell if one of his drives was less than spectacular, whether you were playing with him or just any where on the course you could hear him yell........."TIGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

haha
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rafi, what were you thinking buddy?? well I have to admit I had a hell of a game on saturday I birded 4 straight then 2 pars in a row.. I was loving it then the 7th hole perfect drive on a par 4 I hit it about 280 meters right down the middle I playing partner was getting a little testy with my good play, well I had 200 to go till the green. I took out my rescue 4 and made a nice clean swing the thing was heading right on target I could hear the moans as I was smiling ear to ear "thump" and the ball fell about 10 meters short then the bird that I drilled fell next to it.. Stephan (my buddy) fell over laughing so hard.. I was pissed big time, so hot and heavy I went to the dead bird tossed it over the fence and got found my ball, I have to made a flop shot over the green side bunker nothing big (I love this shot) set myself up went for it, I dont know what I did or what I was thinking because I put way to much gas into it, send it flying over the bunker and the green. It landed in about 3 foot high grass with no way to find it.. Being so mad after playing so well I lost it (standing at an angle) on the side of the green I took a swing with my SW and took about a 8 inch deep and 12 long divot out of the side of the green.. I felt so bad however the good news as soon as I did that stephan shut his mouth and didnt say another word till we got to the 19th hole.. anyway that is my story..
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... I think the father and son playing with us came to quickly understand that the dialog on the Sopranos is the real f***ing thing.Our expletives maybe aren't polite. But they're sincere.

PRICELESS !!!! I had to replace my 4iron, now I need to replace my undies after laughing too hard
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..ust any where on the course you could hear him yell........."TIGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"haha

it's actually "oooh Tiger...", and only after severe push-slive deep right. This is the ONLY thing Eldrick and myself have incommon in our golf game - bad driver misses going way right... and our reaction is the same

I could yell out "God Dammit" like Tiger does too, but that would upset Cody, so I stay away from it
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I've got two equipment tosses in my career, one killed my 7 iron, the other almost killed my brother.

The 7 iron was destroyed after a series of poorly played approach shots that were following outstanding drives. It was one of those situations where you're so frustrated that you can hit one club so well, yet the other so poorly. My "plan" was to hit the side of my bag with it, but I held on to the club an instant too long and ended up snapping the shaft over the stand leg of my bag.

The brother incident occured on the tee box of the 15th hole on a local course we played growing up as kids, the last leg of what's been deemed, "Hell's Corner" by my family foursome. Hell's corner wraps around the outer perimeter of the course with OB left on 3 holes in a row, for some reason I've never made it through without losing at least one ball; on this day I had lost 4. The last ball was lost on the tee shot of the par 3 15th, and I swung my 3 iron (wish I'd had a hybrid back then) backwards in disgust. I lost my grip on the 3 iron and it flew back narrowly missing my younger brother who had to dive behind a bench to avoid the tommahawk golf club heading in his direction. I was so embarrased, I apologized immediately and then proceeded to walk off the course; the last time I've ever done either during a round of golf.

I'm sure it goes without saying that everyone, even the very best, have had things like this happen to them at least once. You're neither angry nor a complete idiot, you're just one of the gang

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I've come REALLY close to breaking many clubs, but mostly I just bend them (to test the flex ) and then release.

Similar to a lot of folks, it's when I'm sitting dead center of the fairway, and then butcher the second shot. My rationale -- I'm better off in the rough, I don't have enough practice from the short grass

I've found expletives and throwing clubs work out to be cheaper....

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After hitting a ball out of bounds I recently went back to my bag for another ball and my 3 wood. I was upset to say the least so I went to throw my headcover on the ground. The new ball was in the same hand as the headcover and flew out of my hand with the headcover. The ball struck the cart path and flew straight back up and hit me in the forehead. The only good part of the story is even though I was hitting three from the tee my opponents couldn't stop laughing long enough to beat me on the hole.

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Not sure if this was a joke or a real story I heard somewhere.

Some guy got angry and threw his golf bag and clubs into a pond. When he got to his car he realized that his keys were in his golf bag. So he went into the pond, got his keys and left his clubs and bag in there.

ha ha ha!
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I've had a couple minor ones and a couple Chernoble style meltdowns. Twice I have thrown my club side arm at my bag only to have it make clean contact with the leg on the stand. The first one splintered the stand. This Spring (4 years and 2 bags later) I did it again. I bent the leg on the stand just enough to make it lean. I also bent the shaft on my gap wedge. I ended up replacing the wedge with my current Cleveland. I am now in the market for a new bag. The crazy thing is I felt better immediately and was able to joke about needing my Gap wedge on the next hole.

The two worst ones happened about five years ago. I was struggling on the 17th hole and ended up missing the green left and my pitch for par (Par 4) landed on the fringe and stopped dead. I had 30 feet for bogey and left it 15 feet short. I started to walk to my ball and just stopped. I looked at my putter and snapped it over my knee. I walked past my playing partners and the hole to my bag. I put the club in the side pocket. Amazingly they will fit when they are in two pieces. I grabbed my 3 Iron and lipped out my putt for double bogey. On the last hole my wifes uncle lent me his putter for my birdie attempt. Fortunately for him I made the putt.

The worst for me and funniest happened after one of my best shots ever. I ended up just short of the green off the tee on a Par 4. I had a 15 foot chip/pitch from moderate rough for eagle. I fluffed the shot and barely made the fringe. I took the club over my head like an axe and swung hard at the branch that was just above my head. The clubhead cut through the tiny branch on it's way down towards my leg. I made clean contact with the blade of my wedge across the front of my shin and ankle. It instantly swelled up like a baseball. I actually cleared the tears out of my eyes long enough to make my birdie putt from the fringe. Nobody even realized what had happened until I showed them on the next tee after they asked why I was limping. I proceeded to hit a great tee shot and a wedge to about 10 feet. I made the birdie and much of my pain was forgotten.
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...On the last hole my wifes uncle lent me his putter for my birdie attempt...

and of course you disqualified yourself based on the rule 4-3a(iii) ?

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