I have never broken a club intentionally or accidentally while playing golf. Although I have witnessed others break their clubs, I cannot even imagine the feeling of watching part of my club sail farther than the ball. The shock of such a sudden change in my equipment is not something I relish experiencing.
Breaking a golf club is nothing unusual. I have witnessed several club heads departing the shaft and each time I was shocked to see it go. One time, many years ago, my friend hit his ball with the hosel and we spent the better part of 15 minutes finding it in the in the weeds.
It seems that more than half of golfers have broken a club.
I have watched players wrap their clubs around a tree like Ernie Els.
If your club breaks through normal play, there is an option to replace it during the normal round. This falls under Rule 4-3: Damaged Clubs: Repair and Replacement. I am not sure if this rule is applicable to amateurs except if they were passing through the clubhouse after 9 holes. I know that I carry extra clubs, but the rule is there for the using.
4-3. Damaged Clubs: Repair and Replacement
a. Damage in Normal Course of Play. If, during a stipulated round, a player’s club is damaged in the normal course of play, he may:
(i) use the club in its damaged state for the remainder of the stipulated
(ii) without unduly delaying play, repair it or have it repaired; or
(iii) as an additional option available only if the club is unfit for play, replace the damaged club with any club. The replacement of a club must not unduly delay play (Rule 6-7) and must not be made by borrowing any club selected for play by any other person playing on the course or by assembling components carried by or for the player during the stipulated round. Not to mention the cost of replacing a broken club.
(Ref: Golf Canada – Rules of Golf)
Breaking golf clubs is not a good thing. Not to mention the cost to replace them is detrimental to positive peace of mind. I am not sure I want to experience the feeling, but I guess it is part of golf.
Have you ever broken a golf club during your swing?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!