How to Treat Golf Club Injuries

DIVOT Presents Golf Club Violence Awareness Week


Stab Wound

Golf clubs can be broken into two pieces and used as a shank. The broken end can be quite sharp and break the skin. A stab wound should be treated as follows.

  1. Carefully remove the golf club if you can.
  2. Apply firm, direct pressure using a golf polo or microfiber towel until the bleeding stops.
  3. Get someone else in your party to drive you to the clubhouse in a golf cart.
  4. Once there, alert the staff to your injury.
  5. Once the bleeding stops, rinse the wound under clean water for several minutes.
  6. Treat pain by taking an over-the-counter medication, such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, or Aleve.

Depending on the anatomic location and depth of penetration, some stab wounds should be an immediate visit to the emergency room. A golf club has a thick shaft and if someone is able to puncture you in the back, neck, chest, or abdomen, these areas must be treated by a professional.



An enraged golfer may decide to hit you over the head with a golf club, causing a mild traumatic brain injury known as a concussion.

Some of the symptoms of a concussion include:

  • Brief loss of consciousness after the injury
  • Swerving the golf cart
  • Confusion about scorekeeping
  • Drowsiness or feeling sluggish
  • Dizziness
  • Double vision or blurred vision
  • Headache
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Trouble swinging
  • Slowed reaction to stimuli

The treatment for a concussion may involve medical procedures that cannot be treated on the golf course. You should visit the emergency room if you suspect you have a concussion.


Bone Fracture

Sometimes a golfer can swing hard enough to actually fracture or break a bone. This type of injury will require emergency treatment at a hospital unless it is minor fracture like a fracture at the top of the toe.

If you think bones are broken in the back, neck, or hip, do not move the person; instead, call 911 for help.

If the victim has suffered a fractured or broken leg or arm, you may transport the person to the emergency room. Before transporting the person, put a splint (ironically, a golf club works) against the area to prevent movement; wrap the splint to the area using gauze if you have it.

A fractured bone will be set in place by a professional once you arrive at the hospital.



  1. A bruise will start to develop if you are hit with a golf club. The priority for this type of injury is to reduce further bruising and swelling.
  2. Ice the area using a beer can for the first 24-28 hours. Make sure you put something in-between the cold beer can and your skin like a towel.
  3. Rest the area and elevate it if possible.
  4. Treat pain by taking an over-the-counter medication, such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, or Aleve.


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