I thought that was a known rule you can't laugh at others unless you can laugh at yourself
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They actually make me feel uncomfortable. I used to throw a club or two ever few years, maybe bury a wedge, definitely get so upset that I came home upset and my wife knew I played bad. All of those behaviors left me about 10 years ago. I simply don't care enough anymore to have those kinds of reactions. I'm not a pro, I barely practice. Yes I am single digit and have been for a long time so I get a tad upset with chunked shots or a drive OB but then again I remind myself that I don't practice so what do I expect. I definitely enjoy golf much more since I stopped.
I do get a kick out of 12 cappers who get so upset after a missed shot as if they were a pro. Round after round. Usually a comment as quick as "don't worry, you're not a pro" will do.
I used to play with a real hot head and he had a couple of episodes that have never left me. He once came off a green and shook his cart back and forth so much that two wheels were coming off the ground, everything in it flew out everywhere. He was so pissed but the three of us just laughed at him. Another time, he pulled a drive on the first hole that after 23 years of playing this course, it's still the furthest left I've ever seen a drive. He then puts one so far right, not the furthest I've seen but pretty far. I was playing some music on the first hole, which we all do including him (I have respect if I'm not in a music group and I only play reggae so that should no bother anyone) but he then hits a third drive in the fairway and when we all get up to the balls he decides to blame my music for his drives. It was the first, and last, time he had ever come at me but I got a kick out of it and very quickly asked if the music really made him pull that first drive as far as I've ever seen. I then went on to point out that those were two of the worst drives I've ever seen hit in that hole there's no possible way it was the music that is had to be that **** swing he put on them etc. etc. etc. I would not have said anything but as soon as he blamed it on the music I was off to the races. 14 holes later and I'm still asking him how exactly music could put a swing on a ball that made it go over the houses and land in the street.
I have a friend that goes on tilt occasionally. Other than that he's the calmest guy on the course. It's quite funny when he goes on tilt. The bionic hearing is a hoot.
Love me a good melt down. Best I saw was a buddy who picked up and DQd himself from a tournament after putting 7 straight balls into the drink on a par 3. Honorable mention to the club slamming fellow who broke his 3W on the first day of a 2 day tournament. Seeing him shopping early morning day 2 in the pro shop lulz
My usual rant - why is this thread in this forum? It deserves to be in 19th hole.
Seeing a meltdown is awesome. I live for it also. I love it when a meltdown is so huge, and usually loud, that I can see/hear it from afar on another hole. That way I can point it out to the guys I’m playing with and we can all watch together and laugh and point at the idiot.
I’ve been with people who have real meltdowns. It’s HILARIOUS in the moment, and after, but I feel I have to stifle my laughter so I don’t unexpectedly get hit by a swung or thrown club. They will lash out and try to hurt you. So you don’t get to laugh out loud at them until they’ve calmed down a little. One guy gave up the game, finally. I never saw him hit a good shot or shoot a good round. He was awful. Didn’t stop him from going berserk at LEAST once per round. His last name is Landfield but we always called him Minefield behind his back because you never knew what was going to make him detonate.
Good times. Good memories. Horrible behavior.
Is on course behavior (or misbehavior) not included in etiquette?
Napoleon ? Is that you ?
In my group, it wasn't really a good round unless someone threw a club in anger.
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Mods moved it here. My OP was in general golf talk.... so don’t ask me!
Not to worry, my post was for the Mods.
There are stories about guys breaking a club and having it stab themselves. Meltdown guys can be dangerous. You can be hit by their flying club.
Not really into meltdowns within my group. Not in the least.
However, I do love me a good pro melt. It's good TV, man. I draw the line at club throwing though. If they want to melt down, fine, whatever. They're just reflecting on themselves. But when they throw a club, they can get someone hurt, just because they can't handle a game. I guess the exception is if they have the wherewithal to throw it into a pond. Then we can critique the form on slo-mo. Gotta clear those hips, you know
This thread reminded me. Last week on EBay I saw a set of ping irons for sale. Heads only, because each wand every shaft in the pic was broken lulz
Vindog, I got a set of AP2 714 that are mostly just the heads with a bit of shaft sticking out, and only the 9 and 5 iron intact. I was just thinking of selling them too lol
Although I'm now living clean in terms of on course meltdowns, I had a close call a few weeks back at work that made me stop and think hard about my ridiculous and childish temper tantrums.
Was working in the warehouse covering for the shipper on vacay, and I honestly don't remember why I flipped out but the result was me whipping a hammer at a crate about 15 feet in front of me. (I'm talking a very hard throw!) I envisioned the hammer blasting right through the darn thing but I quickly noticed the trajectory was way off and well below the strike zone. The hammer ricocheted off the cement floor and then bounced off the crate and I watched frozen as it came right back at me, waist high. Luckily it passed about 4 inches clear of my right hip and landed 20 feet behind me.
I immediately rewound the whole thing in my head and imagined how F'd I'd be if the thing had struck me in the nether region. I said to myself "final warning bud, next one is gonna do some serious damage...make this the last time please."
I've been living alone way too long and when there's no one around to call you out on your bad behaviours, this stuff goes un-punished and eventually escalates into the absurd.
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nearly All people who throw tantrums are not good enough players not to expect playing bad. You look like what you are
Exactly. It adds to the charm of the meltdown.
most definitely I have seen some great meltdowns in the past, always a good laugh!
That theory has loads of holes. We’ve all seen Stenson destroy a driver with either his knee , a tee marker or a cart path ..... he’s on camera explaining his destroying a computer ( or DVD player i forget ) because it didn’t work properly. and he’s a pretty decent player. Lmao. That old adage has never been true. And never will be.
Playing a little muni about 40 years ago and one of our college guys who just struggles with the game was having a really bad day. After one particularly miserable shot he started on a tirade. GDMFCSSOB and a lot more. As he turned thinking it was us next to him, he realized next to him was a group of 4 nuns who were less than pleased with his diatribe and just scolded him like a 3 year old for his commentary.
We still give him grief about that to this day.
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I believe it was Abraham Lincoln who said you shouldn't believe everything you see and read on the internet.
I’m not sure if I should be proud or ashamed that I had no problem interpreting that long acronym with zero delay
The "CS" had me stumped for a second, but I think I'm up to speed now. Please keep the profane initialisms coming.
I would have told those nuns to MTOFB. lulz
The word "schadenfreude" comes to mind. :-)
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Personally I find it better when the entire group is laughing. The exchange of cash exchanged whether small or large wont change my day but the laughs will.
I don't really enjoy it but it usually happens when I'm playing well, my best round last year happened when my cousin threw his 9 iron 30-40 yards into a grass field on the 15th hole.
Kind of depends on the person that melts down.
If they were generally a pleasant person before the meltdown then I feel bad.
If they were obnoxious from the start then I do enjoy it (especially if they end up storming off the course so I can enjoy the rest of the round)
I don't mind seeing it on the tour, after all, there's millions of dollars and a career at stake. If I see it while playing the local course on some random weekend then that bothers me quite a bit. If you're getting that worked up about something that is in the end completely meaningless you have pretty serious anger management problems and should consult a trained professional for help. After all, if the worst thing that happens to you this week is that you had a bad round of golf, you're having a pretty awesome week.
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