Jul
18
2013
Charl Schwartzel demonstrates how to throw-break a 6-iron
By Stephanie Wei under British Open

For any of you who watched the first-round telecast of the Open Championship, then you know it was quite a sh** show.

In other words, the wind was blowing and conditions were firm and fast, causing balls to bounce like a game of Powerball and roll off greens even with a putter in hand. To use a cliched phrase that was used repeatedly by players — but true — staying patient a la Tiger Woods was key.

Well, Charl Schwartzel, who had jumped on a three-hole bogey train, let his frustrations get the best of him after hitting out of the hay on the 15th. After another errant shot, he flung his six-iron onto the ground and it snapped in half.

Luckily, it was toward the end of the round, so hopefully he didn’t need it again, but with links golf, you can improvise a bit.

Be sure to pause the above GIF (courtesy of Shane Bacon) to make sure you see the angle in which he slung the club. I mean, you don’t want to break if over your knee because that’d hurt your knee. And you can’t break it properly if you did what Rory McIlroy did at Merion, so if you want to see how to efficiently break a six-iron, watch Schwartzel’s fantastic demonstration.

Schwartzel went on to double-bogey the 15th, but he holed out from the bunker on the 18th for a birdie to shoot four-over 75.