Myths about Golf Club Violence

DIVOT presents Golf Club Violence Awareness Week

Golf club violence is a serious problem nationwide. It’s a myth that golf club violence doesn’t affect many people.

Facts:

  • Every weekend a man is hit with a golf club.
  • The American Medical Association (AMA) estimates 2 million men are subject to golf club violence each year in the U.S.
  • The PGA estimates golf club violence will occur on two-thirds of municipal golf courses.

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Another myth is that victims of golf club violence are exaggerating their injuries; it’s not that serious.

Facts:

  • Last month, a man was arrested in Dallas for felony assault on another golfer when he knocked him unconscious and broke several ribs at a Texas country club.
  • Near Fort Worth in January, a golfer was stabbed in the femoral artery twice with a broken golf club and almost lost his leg to the injury.
  • In Michigan, one man is charged with aggravated assault after attacking another golfer with a 5-iron. He faces up to 4 years in prison and fines up to $2,000.

These may sound like extreme cases, but there are countless other stories surfacing on the internet every week. Known as golf rage, golf club violence is a momentary loss of temper.

Facts:

  • Alcohol is usually present in many golf rage incidents.
  • Golf is frustrating, especially when they are slower players.
  • Municipal golf courses are overcrowded, which means it’s easy to annoy other people.
  • New golfers don’t understand etiquette on the golf course and that these behavior codes help minimize confrontations.

The last myth is that golf club violence cannot be prevented. Men who use golf club violence can learn to take responsibility for their own behavior and can learn non-violent ways to act and communicate. The most effective program to prevent golf club violence is learning proper golf course etiquette.

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