By Jim Payne
After missing a putt, sometimes you want to throw your putter. I suggest two things:
- Throw the putter in the direction you are going. Walking back to pick up your putter makes you look like an idiot.
- Throw the putter no higher than the length of your ball retriever. Climbing a tree to get your putter is dangerous and quite undignified.
If you decide to break your putter, consider the following:
- Unless you are as strong as Charles Atlas, don’t try to break it in half with your arms outstretched. If you don’t know who Charles Atlas is, you are young enough and strong enough to use this method.
- Thos who know who Charles Atlas is are old enough and dumb enough to try to break the putter over the middle part of a raised thigh of a bent leg with the knee pointing away from the body. Don’t do this; it can damage your leg and affect your performance on the next hole.
- Through experience and observation I have found the superior method is to place the putter head on the ground with the toe facing away from the body. Angle the shaft 45 degrees leaning the shaft backwards. For right-handers, firmly grab the far end of the grip with the right hand and then stomp on the middle of the shaft with the left foot. As the left foot smashes the shaft, vigorously pull up the right hand holding the grip securely, otherwise the club pops out of your hand and the club smashes to the ground making you look extremely stupid.
- After successfully breaking the putter, pick up the broken half with the head on it and proudly strut to your cart. Later, you can have the putter re-shafted, thus saving you money since you won’t have to buy a new putter. This makes you look smart and feel really good. Unfortunately, you’ll have to use your opponent’s putter for the rest of the round, but believe me, you’ll feel so good you won’t mind being made fun of.