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Does your worst golf shot ever top these horror stories?



We’ve all hit some golf shots that haunt our dreams. Not mere shanks, duffs, and chunks, but rather, awful shots compounded by horrific results.

Jacked_Loft started a forum thread dedicated to the worst of the worst last year, and it’s still going strong with abominable examples of awful golf shots.

Here’s penned a hilarious introduction along with this bit of hackery of his own.

“Par 3, 200 yards long with a tightly staked out OB on the right side. Our 4 ball has walked off the green and back to the tee, placing our bags in front of the tee but between the tee and the OB stakes.

“I swing out of my shoes with a 3-iron and produce the most solid shank I’ve ever struck. The ball flies about 60° to the right, hits my bag and ricochets further right, crossing the OB line. I’m now laying 5, and my buddies are laying on the ground screaming with laughter.”

The aptly named sheldonjhacker offered this terrifying tale…from St. Andrews of all places

“Overswing into a stiff breeze and snap hook my 3-wood tee shot which screams almost perpendicular-left and smashes into the bay window of the famous Rusacks hotel. I was so pissed at myself, but it’s a great story now because I don’t think I’ve ever seen my buddies laugh harder.”

Blackngold_blood writes

“I was playing in a 4-man tourney a few years ago with a guy that teed the ball up about an inch above his driver. He hovered his driver and was striping it all day. Even into the 20mph wind he was still hitting it 270 yes. “

“We got to a par 4 with a tee box set back in a corner with ob to the right and 20yds behind. Playing into the wind he proceeded to swing out of his shoes right under the ball, which popped straight up and the wind took it backwards OB. To add insult to injury he slammed his driver on the ground…snapped the head clean off.”

Unreal! The Beav tells his tale

“I grab 4-wood and proceed to barely make contact on the low heel like a champ. The ball is straight pulled about 5 feet off the ground and hits a sign 30 yards away that says “Carts <—“. It bounces straight back towards me and I have to jump out of the way.” 

“The ball ends up underneath the starters table (10 yards behind the tee) and I need to get help taking relief from the damn tent. Now I’m hitting 2 off the deck from behind the tee box with a growing gallery wondering WTF was going on. I wanted to crawl into a hole.”

LOL. What say you, GolfWRX members? Do you have anything that tops the aforementioned?

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  1. St. Donald

    Jan 13, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    My worst shot was calling Haiti a sh••hole country…. even though it’s TRUE.

    • Mark

      Jan 16, 2018 at 8:47 am

      What do your racist opinions have to do with your worst golf shots? You seem to play a lot and so must have had some relevant experiences.

    • Big J

      Jan 17, 2018 at 12:19 am

      Have you been to Haiti? Fake comment! Did Putin put you up to this?

  2. Lorne Gunther

    Jan 12, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    My worst/best shot was on a par 3 ‘executive’ golf course where I aced the wrong hole! Apparently the groundkeeper forgot to fill in the old hole and there were 2 holes on the green. I potted the wrong hole without the flagstick !!!!!

  3. Walt

    Jan 12, 2018 at 11:55 am

    My worst shot was when I whiffed the ball on the tee and then in anger I swung my driver backwards and hit the ball perfectly on the back of the driver. I was the only golfer with a ding on the backside of my driver! 😮

  4. Winger

    Jan 12, 2018 at 12:23 am

    My worst shot was at the first tee box where I not only topped the ball but also shanked it to the right where it stayed low and skidded into one of those tee box markers….. which was like a small pyramid spiked into the ground. The marker started to spin after being hit. Everybody applauded and that made me feel better.
    That happened when I started playing golf and it was like my fifth outing. Never again.

  5. olber

    Jan 11, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    That’s why modern casual golf is so special… it’s full of yuks with buddies. It’s a game of clowning and buddie-love; buddies who always play and drink together. What can be funner?!

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Is this the worst “my clubs were stolen” story ever?



Tom Owen. Remember the name, because this unfortunate gentleman may have the worst tale of club theft in recent memory.

Now, the experience of having one’s bag pilfered, never to be seen again, is awful. Your clubs are simply gone, and you have no idea who took them and where they went. Tom Owen had the first part of that experience, however, he knows exactly where his clubs are…and he can’t (legally) do anything about it.

Therese Henkin New Zealand’s Howick & Pakuranga Times originally reported the story.

Mr. Owen’s bag, with its thousands of dollars of equipment and his cell phone, was lifted December 15th from Howick Golf Course at Musick Point, New Zealand.

“They took everything, all my clubs, my bag, trundle, golf balls and my mobile phone which was tucked away inside the bag,” he told the paper.

However, as this is the 21st century, Owen was able to track his phone (which was in his golf bag) to a nearby residential address on Pigeon Mountain Road.

Presumably overjoyed, he called the police to report the theft and the location of his stolen property. One can only imagine his despair when he was told the authorities would be unable to lawfully search the premises and thus could not recover his clubs.

After reporting the incident, Owen was surprised to learn that police were not able to search the premises for the goods.

A police spokesperson explained.

“While we understand people may think police can use the tracking system people use on their phones and then send a patrol car to retrieve the property, under the Search and Surveillance Act 2012, police officers do not have the authority to enter a premise based off a locater app on a missing phone. If police resources are available and the technology can pin-point a specific address such as a household, Police are able to knock on the door and make enquiries, but not enter.”

Obviously, Owen isn’t a fan of the law, and he thinks it puts victims in a bad position. He’s right: Knowing the authorities can’t do anything, but knowing where your stolen phone, etc, is, do you risk your life taking the law into your own hands?

“It’s very frustrating to know where your stolen items are and not have anyone do anything about it. If police really can’t act on the information you give them, then something needs to change.”

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Does this make any sense? Do you join Owen in calling for a rewriting of the law?

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Phil Mickelson’s pursuit of average driving, Phil being Phil, and plenty more Mickelsonia from the wires today



Phil Mickelson. We tend to forget the left-hander remains a divisive, swashbuckling figure as he settles into the home stretch of his PGA Tour career. We pretend that his outrageous risk-taking-masquerading-as-cool-calculation approach to the game is somehow something other than an affront to the plodding, conservative way the game was “meant to be played.” Phil Mickelson: Even those who can’t stand him have to be deeply intrigued by Mickelson the Man and Mickelson the Golfer. How can you not be fascinated? How can you not be frustrated?

The 47-year-old begins his season at the CareerBuilder Challenge this week seeking his first victory since the 2013 British Open. Thus, it’s not surprising to see a rash of Mickelson-related pieces populating the golf newswire today.

Here are a few morsels. Per Cameron Morfit of, Mickelson is pursuing “average” driving this year. The left-hander has historically struggled with the big stick and placed outside the top 100 in strokes gained: off-the-tee last season,

Here’s what Mickelson said about his pursuit of mediocrity off the tee.

“What’s funny is when you’re good at something, chipping, putting, wedges, distance control, all that stuff, it’s easy. It takes me a day or two of practice to get back to kind of an elite level. But to become just an average driver when you’re not good at it, it takes a lot of work. And that’s what I’ve been spending the last few years on, really trying to figure it out. Get the swing plane right, get shallower into the ball, get the weighting of the driver right. The whole mental approach to the driver. Just to get everything dialed in just to be average.”

“I just don’t want to give away shots off the tee. I don’t need to gain shots off the tee; I’ll gain them elsewhere. I feel like the short putting has been addressed. I feel like, and believe, that I’ve had a bit of a breakthrough with the driver. And if that happens, I think 2018 could be a remarkable year, a year where I can win multiple times.”

Golfweek’s Brentley Romine has some interesting remarks from Jon Rahm. Rahm, of course, was coached by Phil’s brother Tim at Arizona State–a job Mickelson left to manage Rahm. Tim Mickelson then ditched that gig to loop for his brother after Bones Mackay dropped his bag to pick up a microphone. In other words, Rahm has seen the pair up close plenty of times, and had this to say about the difference between his approach to the game and that of the variable-obsessed Mickelson

“It’s really fun to hear how they (Phil and Tim) talk to each other, because Tim being my coach at ASU, I don’t need much – “Okay, it’s like 120 (yards), this shot, right?’” Rahm said. “And you have Phil, it’s like, ‘Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like 1 mph wind sideways, it’s going to affect it 1 yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They’re thinking (that) and I’m like, ‘I’m lost.

“It’s funny, he gets to the green and then it’s the same thing. He’s very detail-oriented. He gets there and I’m like, ‘Oh, it’s a foot right.’ And he goes, okay, he reads the green, like, ‘Oh, it’s 1.8 degrees of slope here and this and that. And I’m there listening and I’m like, ‘Man, I hope we’re never paired together for anything because I can’t think like this.’ I would not be able to play golf like that. For me to listen to all that is really fun. And then you hear me and Adam talk, ‘180, a little breeze into, okay, hard six.’ … And it’s just opposite extremes completely.”

Different strokes before making strokes.

Then, there is this piece from Shane Ryan exploring the nature of Phil Mickelson, if you will, and suggesting he could impress this year. Of course, this is a wholly inadequate description of a piece for Golfworld you absolutely must read.


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What’s your favorite photo from the history of pro golf?



Golf history, as we know, is rich. Dramatic storylines, pithy anecdotes, iconic equipment, and storybook shots are all woven into the vibrant tapestry of the game at the professional level.

It’s no surprise, then, that from the rough black-and-white of Old Tom Morris, open-stanced, gazing past the camera to his target, to the present DSLR shots, the history of the professional game is peppered with great photographs.

WRX member Christosterone started a thread with the question, “What’s your favorite tour picture and why?”

He offered this shot of “three reverse-c idols and a Texan.”

Of course, it only took one response, for someone to offer up this classic shot of Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan. One assumes that the fact that they didn’t care for one another only enhanced their badass postures.


Also, dicko999 (who better to post the following?), offered a cropped version of the legendary Presidents Cup streaker shot. Beyond the absurdity of the scene, the facial expressions make this shot great.

Just a fantastic thread that you’ll want to check out–and hopefully add a photo of your own to.

Check out the thread.


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