I am one of the fortunate golfers who have never broken a golf club. I actually have never bent one either. I have scuffed up the sole a few times, but no real serious damage. I have watched as a few clubs disintegrated during a swing and one break at the hosel, but never at my hands. I am actually surprised at this considering I have take over 10,000 swings in my life. However, others have not been as lucky!<!–more–)
It seems that over 2/3 of golfers have broken a club unintentionally while golfing. I actually found this number quite high!
I will admit, that except during a tournament, that I rarely take any chances to break a club. I will take a drop and willingly accept a penalty to protect my equipment. Or I just punch out with a very controlled swing to ensure that my irons remain intact.
Having said that, I do take a second look during tournaments. I have hit a few rocks (unintentionally), trees, roots, and sign posts over the years, but fortunately I have never broken a club. During competition, I actually do not focus on my equipment much, but more on the best way to reduce strokes by either taking a penalty or making the shot. This course management process is challenging and my results are about 60 / 40 to the good.
Protecting my equipment is very important. I have quite a bit of money invest in my kit, so looking after it is very important. I do not want to have to replace my clubs prematurely because of a poor hitting decision. I admit that accidents do happen, but eliminating most of the conditions for them to happen is very important as well.
Have you ever unintentionally broken a golf club?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!