Monday, September 14, 2015
Poll Results: Have You Ever Thrown a Club?
How you handle the moments that follow says a lot about you. Do you laugh it off and start thinking about your next shot? Or do you toss the offending club in the general direction of the most-recent mistake?
According to my weekend poll on Google+, about half of us have done the latter.
I asked, “Have you ever thrown a club?” Fifty-two percent answered “Yes,” while 48% replied with “No.”
We’re not here to judge. What we do in a single moment of anger shouldn’t brand us. After all, the question wasn’t “Do you ALWAYS throw your club after a bad shot?”
Admittedly, I’m in the majority on this one. I’m not proud of it, but I’ve thrown clubs. Happy to say I no longer throw clubs, but when I was a kid ... Oh boy.
Looking deeper into my past, I never threw clubs when I played alone - only when playing with others. Was it more out of embarrassment? Did I think people would believe I was a better player than I just showed because I was angry at a bad shot? Flawed thinking, for sure.
+Vipul Gidda took a Zen approach to analyzing his past: “When I was learning the game and young I did throw a few. It took me some time to realize that my golf game is not a reflection of me as a person.”
I wholeheartedly agree.
+Darrell Williams took to psychology and answered my question with a question: “I wonder how many are A personalities or B personalities? I am an A and get angered fairly quick, where as I have a buddy thats a pretty mellow B and never gets his nerves rattled and has never thrown a club.”
I wish I was a B.
+Elyasse Boukhliki admitted to the deed: “I did but nobody was watching.”
If a tree falls in the woods, but nobody is there ...
+Kevin Keilen has seen much worse than a toss or two: “Watched a guy snap his whole bag over his knee and throw it in a lake. He was DQ'd.”
Yikes! I guess, for some, a meltdown is hard to stop once it heats up.
Based upon his comment, I’m guessing it wasn’t +Brent Thomas that Keilen watched: “No. I'm a good golfer.”
More flawed thinking if you consider we’ve seen Tiger, Rory, John Daly and many other Tour pros toss clubs. Unless “good” described Brent’s behavior, rather than his ability.