The 10 most embarrassing ways golfers lose their cool on the golf course

The severity of this violation depends on how and where the projectile is fired.

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Golf is an unforgiving game, exposing the flaws in our swings and testing the limits of our nerves. The reminder came last Sunday at the US Open, when Grayson Murray threw his racket in frustration after combing a triple bogey and then, with several holes, slashing an iron on his knee.

Inappropriate behavior? surely. But we saw worse. Since juvenile behavior is bound to happen, here’s a breakdown of the 10 most embarrassing ways to vent your frustration on the course.

10. Curse

One f-bomb can be used if it is under your breath. But when you slice a long, loud blue line, you’re making a hole in yourself.

9. Hit your bag at the club

These are childish things, but we’ll let them slide for once. Do it again, though, and you’ll get your time out.

8. Kick and cut the basement sand

Everything you know about golf you learned in kindergarten. Time to read another self-help book.

7. Kick the cart

We feel your pain. Worst news, you probably do too.

6. Cudgel Biting

As if a bad shot wasn’t enough punishment, you’ve decided to double your suffering by destroying your possessions. You have to be someone with more money than meaning.

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5. Blame it on your enclosure

It was not a bad read. It was a bad stroke. Throwing the responsibility on your loper doesn’t say anything about them and everything about you — none of that is good.

4. Take off mid-round

This is so ridiculous, it’s almost funny. Once we’re done laughing, we’ll begin the paperwork to enroll you in First Tee.

3. Club throwing

The severity of this violation depends on how and where the projectile is fired. If you have endangered others, you should be turned away in handcuffs, or at least off the ground. If you throw it harmlessly into a lake, your delusion will be softened by the fact that you are funny and pathetic.

2. Spitting in the cup

Sergio Garcia did this 15 years ago and no one has forgotten him. Enough said.

1. Hit your racket in the green

In one of the lower steps of Dante’s Inferno, tormented souls are immersed forever under the fetid waters of the River Styx. This is a very good place for you.

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Josh Sens is a golf, food and travel writer who has been a contributor to GOLF Magazine since 2004 and now contributes across all GOLF platforms. His work has been authored in the best American sports writing. He is also the co-author, with Sami Hager, of Are We Having Any Fun Yet: The Cooking and Partying Handbook.

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