Oops. I dropped my club way over my shoulder.
Should Tiger Tame His Temper?
By Kickntrue on 7/22/09
Does anyone know a word that means "Should" that starts with a "T" so I can finish my alliteration?

ESPN's Rick Reilly thinks Tiger should clean up his act and tame his coarse language and temper on the golf course. This is an opinion I've heard many anti-Tiger fans disseminate as hater propaganda for years.

I'm personally in the middle. I try not to swear, but have on the golf course (and once or twice other places too), but I can see why he shouldn't. Should Tiger slam is clubs into the ground after a bad shot? Probably not, but I've thrown clubs 50 yards breaking them into 3 peices before. See what I'm getting at? I'd be a bit of a hypocritic to call Tiger out.

Of course- I don't want my son to hear some of the stuff he says after bad shots, but unless I'm planning on homeschooling (really, don't get me going on that) he's going to hear it anyway sooner than I'd ever want. You know what? They should put something in the US Constitution about this. I think that could clear it up (look- I realize that's gross misuse, but I'm writing a blog here).

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mjaber says:
I think he should. There is nothing wrong with showing emotion (good or bad) on the course, but I think Tiger (and others) go too far to both extremes. A quick thump of the club head on the ground after a bad shot, a muttered expletive is fine. We all do it. A fist pump, or a "YES!!" after a great shot is all that is necessary. A coach I had back when I was playing Babe Ruth baseball gave me this piece of advice: "Never get too high or too low. Too low makes it too hard to get back up, and too high makes the fall that much harder to deal with."
7/22/09
 
NWGaEagle says:
"Tame That Temper Tiger!"?
7/22/09
 
Kickntrue says:
@NWGaEagle- Not bad.
7/22/09
 
Swingem says:
Reilly's comments are appropriate. Behavior of this sort (swearing, club-throwing, etc.) is unacceptable and disrespectfull to the game, and to others in the group. Tiger needs to reel-it-in.
7/22/09
 
ToddRobb says:
I'm already on record for saying I don't care about the profanity, but Tiger absolutely needs to tone down the antics bit. We used to play with a guy, key words being "used to" that threw clubs and got angry beyond what was acceptable, needless to say his number hasn't been called for any tee times recently. All Tiger has to do is think what his father would think seeing his antics at The Open. Luckily for us, he doesn't play that bad that often.
7/22/09
 
Swingem says:
And another thing; Can anyone imagine a club throwing, expletive spewing, Nicklaus, Hogan or Jones?
7/22/09
 
vtgrog says:
How about, "Try Telling Tiger To Tame That Temper!"
7/22/09
 
dlouder says:
I have been known to thump my clubs on occasion. I need to tone down my temper on the course, my wife tells me over and over. I went out with a friend last week, and he threw his Callaway Driver, breaking it. I quickly made a note to never throw or 'thump' my clubs again... but last night, I had a horrible approach shot (went 90 degrees to my right), and I thumped the hell out of my 5-iron. Surprised it didn't break. Habits are hard to kill.

Bottom line, Tiger's a role model, I'm not.
7/22/09
 
Patrick McKay says:
Watching Tom Watson's poise in comparison to Tiger Woods last weekend was fascinating. You would never see Tom slam clubs around and scream out obscenities.
7/22/09
 
aaronw409 says:
We used to play with a guy who was a club thrower. One day he missed a short putt and slammed his putter across the green and carved a trench right next to the hole (in someone's line no less). We were so pissed at him the rest of the round and it really ruined it for everybody. We haven't asked him to golf anymore.
7/22/09
 
woobwoob says:
While it may be entertaining, he needs to tame it down. There is no excuse for doing that at that level. I can understand someone throwing a club because they can't break 100, but Tiger is just being rediculous.
7/22/09
 
bducharm says:
His anger is directly attached to his desire. I TOTALLY understand as I too used to throw clubs, swear a blue streak, etc. I used to think that if I wasn't "in to it" I could not compete. WRONG!!! Thanks to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I have learned that I can be a VERY competitive Christian and NOT have to swear, throw clubs, etc. Tone it down Tiger!!!
7/22/09
 
Backquak says:
I love to watch Tiger play, and my son will only watch golf with me if Tiger is playing, and I have repeatedly told my son that there is no reason to get angry about a bad shot, so I really wish Tiger would tame his Temper.
I have lost my temper a few times on the golf course, but not in the last 3-4 years, I've finally figured out that my golf game should not affect my mood, and if I want to enjoy the game I have to accept the imperfect and love the challenge.
Tiger is so good at pulling off those crazy 1 in a 100 shots that you would think that a bad shot would not affect him in such a bad way.
Tame That Temper Tiger
7/22/09
 
rricker81 says:
Time For Tiger To Tame His Temper?
7/22/09
 
aaronw409 says:
Time to tell tiger to tame that terrible toxic temper today!
7/22/09
 
RJSchuchman says:
I'm not a big Tiger fan. I think he's the best ever, and I respect his talent, but I prefer Mickelson, and the way he is with the gallery. He enjoys the game. Tiger rarely looks at the crowd, and rarely smiles at all on the golf course. I do think he needs to be more professional on the course. Reilly hit it right on the head with his article, which is unusual!! Woody Austin is a hot-head, but he never acts out like Tiger does, he just slaps his leg really hard when he's upset. Although, it was hilarious when Woody bent his putter on his skull!! Nicklaus, Watson, Player, or any number of great golfers in the past, would never act the way Tiger does.....Tiger seems to be getting worse, not better.....
7/22/09
 
BlaqShamrokk says:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zw83P2zkfbE Warning - there is some explicit language
7/22/09
 
ToddRobb says:
I don't think it's even necessary to compare him to anyone, what he did at the open was wrong on so many levels. It doesn't matter what who did or what who would do. Tiger did it, it's not about anyone else but him, the best golfer in the world should be able to conduct himself better than he does, just out of respect for the game and his opponents. In his defense, that same burning desire to win can be an untamed beast when not under control. One thing I do believe is that it's real, not like some pitcher that just got rocked and beats up the dugout. It's not "Fake hustle". He is actually THAT mad the he didn't execute that particular shot.
7/22/09
 
activesense says:
time for tiger to tone-down the tirade of temper tantrums at the tee and to terminate the terrible tide of tool tossing. How's that?
7/22/09
 
ToddRobb says:
activesense, Exactly!!
7/22/09
 
erickbelus says:
I am on board with him toning it down. This isn't Sergio or John Daly out there, this is supposed to be THE ambassador of the sport. He's the guy all the kids want to be like. He's the one with his face on everything related to golf. At some point you have to take the way you act more seriously when you are THE guy. I wonder if he'd like his kids to see his act when they are old enough, or if he would like them to act like that themselves. It's just time to grow up.
7/22/09
 
kidputter says:
Ever see Michael Jordan do anything like that? Seems very childish to me. I use COLORFUL language and occasionally drop my club QUICKLY. I'm only a role model to a couple of people. He, apparently, is the role model of MILLIONS. Act appropriately.
7/22/09
 
props123 says:
He needs to turn it off. A club thump is okay. A swear word minus the f-bomb is okay on occassion. But throwing clubs, and carrying on has to be a big minus for the game and for Tiger fans. Sports players making millions of dollars should be held to a higher standard because, like it or not, they are role models for kids and adults alike. Talent and poise need to go hand in hand to earn those millions.
7/23/09
 
helfon says:
"Ever see Michael Jordan do anything like that?" Yes, ever see Michael complain about getting fouled? The same thing that makes Tiger the best player in the world makes him volatile when he doesn't execute.
7/23/09
 
mjaber says:
New PGA Rule: If you throw a club, you must leave it where it is. You lose that club for the rest of the round. Imagine how quickly the club-tossing would stop.
7/23/09
 
pamh says:
Is Tiger a wife beater, child abuser, wife cheater,married several times, frequent strip clubs, get arrested for DUI etc. NO I DON'T THINK SO!!!.do not make a criminal case. Yes Tiger can tone it down, especially the cussing. But folks, stop telling your kids to look for role models on TV.The Media is way worst than Tiger, so get the Media to clean up their act.When the Media gives more time to other golfers,then you would see that Tiger is not unique. Also the mike is always in TW face
7/23/09
 
JWHpurist says:
You "Young Dudes" never saw Tommy Bolt in action!! He evolved over time and so will Woods. Check history and you will find many of the intense/good players were far from from being "Saints", Bobby Jones included!! JWHpurist
7/23/09
 
monte88s says:
Tiger,the most watched golfer in the world. Kids,teenagers, future pro's all look for the perfect role model. The cussing is one thing, but the club throwing is unacceptable. When he does this, he looks pathetic.
7/23/09
 
DRUMatthias says:
I really like the initial quote about the Babe Ruth league coach. That sums this up quite well. In that vein, might I add this: "Pride comes before a fall" and "to whom much is given, much is required." Essentially, Tiger holds the keys to golf as we all know it. With that comes the largest responsibility of virtually any current PGA player, so of course, his face, actions, words (whether great or awful) will get plastered everywhere, & he knows this. This also places him in a dangerous position of becoming too prideful, as many would, given such status, and may give him the false impression that he's relatively untouchable and allowed to express himself however he feels when he feels it.
7/27/09
 
DRUMatthias says:
Cont: While he is obviously most competitive with and against himself above anyone else (as many of us golfers are), he must be significantly more mindful of his actions as he already far surpassed the acceptable age (if one ever existed in the first place) for us to occasionally forgive such antics. I may run at the mouth under my breath after several bad shots but I've Never once chucked or harmed a club in any way (I can't afford to!), so I can't relate there.
7/27/09
 
DRUMatthias says:
cont 2: Bottom line though, while I'm a man of forgiveness for both my own actions as well as others, I have a hard time wearing my TW Nike hat when his anger continues to override his self control with these tantrums thrown between shots, regardless of who's around or how many cameras are on him. It's almost like he subconsciously wants the attention, whether negative or not. Every golfer on this site combined earns a fraction at best of what he makes in a year between endorsements and golfing. If he keeps this up, I can't imagine Gatorade, Buick, EA Sports, (even Nike?) etc. keeping him as their mascot.
Tiger, for your own sake and especially for ours, tone it waaaay down. You should play this game beyond reproach at this point. Get back to your roots when you quickly tore through the ranks carrying a lot more class to your game than recent years. I look forward to an improvement of the attitude and expressive emotions of the game's #1 player.
7/27/09
 
Shooter McGavin says:
Talk about nitpicking - Reilly's article was garbage and it seems like his mindless opinion has gotten into everyone's heads.

Did he blow off the post game handshake like Lebron? Spit in the cup and make ridiculous excuses like Sergio? No, he didn't - Tiger has always been a class act and defines everything that is great about golf and sports in general - passion, desire, competitiveness. It's incredible that Tiger hasn't blown up at the media yet, considering if he shoots 2 over par, 67 cameras will be in his face the moment he steps off the 18th green. But no, he gets pissed off at his own poor shot and we have a problem with it? I call BS.
7/28/09
 
ToddRobb says:
Shooter, his antics weren't to the level of Sergio and Lebron, his antics were far worse than both of those. For him to toss clubs and swing at his bag, for lack of better term is just plain bad etiquette . I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to play in a tournament with a guy that's tossing clubs and attacking his bag. He can get pissed off, but it's not like it helps him, so what's the point??? If he went through those antics and miraculously turned his round around we wouldn't be having this discussion. Tiger is held to a higher standard, it comes with the territory. BTW, how could you even consider mentioning Sergio in the same breath as Tiger???
7/28/09
 
ToddRobb says:
Tiger is so good at playing golf, it's hard to believe that he is that bad at controlling his temper. I'll say it again,, profanity is one thing, swinging clubs in anger is something completely different.
7/28/09
 
Shooter McGavin says:
Todd....

Sergio spit in the cup.

In a tournament.

It's so many stratospheres beyond anything Tiger's ever done it's not even funny.
7/28/09
 
ToddRobb says:
Sergio is a side show, he's a young punk that has yet to live up to the hype that has been bestowed upon him. What he does is insignificant, as a matter of fact, you expect him to do or say something immature or childish every time he tees it up. His more recent episode, he blamed his EX-GIRLFRIEND for his poor play. We didn't expect Lebron to act the way he did, that's why it was such a big deal. Just so I understand,, you don't have a problem with the best golfer in the world throwing clubs and swinging clubs at his bag because he hit a bad shot during a major tournament? I respect your opinion, but I think it's a sad commentary on the direction of where our society is going. I think it's amazing that you can go to an organized fight and a hockey game breaks out, but don't get me started on hockey ;)
7/29/09
 
DRUMatthias says:
Umm, no offense dude, but your screen name's Shooter McGavin. Your real life opinion closely follows the movie character in an almost scripted way. ToddRobb, amen to your responses. Shooter stands alone in this entire post anyway from what I read. To each his own so I'm not going to even jump on the comparison bandwagon. Each sport contains its own rules and with that, sportsmanship, which much like a supreme court judge said about porn, "I can't describe it, but I know it when I see it." To that effect, regardless of who's acting out bad sportsmanship can be spotted a mile away, especially when seeing it enacted by the best athlete a sport produces. They're all wrong for what they did but that doesn't even slightly make it OK for Tiger to act like he's 4. Given that fact, Shooter's opinion makes for quite a hypocritical viewpoint, to say the least. That & I hate comparisons...no one's like anyone else...there sure as heck isn't another Tiger out there!
7/29/09
 
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