How To Kill A Snake With a Golf Club
By mustang6560 on 5/3/12
If you were attacked by a venomous snake and the closest object within your reach was your golf bag, which club would you grab to karate-chop the slithery creature?
Ngo, 39, said he had just finished his morning routine of running and working out at a gym when he returned home about 11:30, kicked off his shoes and went to the kitchen to get a drink. That’s when a foot-long baby rattlesnake bit him on the heel, pumping venom into Ngo’s body.

“It felt like a really strong bee sting,” Ngo said Thursday. “My adrenaline was rushing, and my quick reaction was just to get something and hit it.”

Ngo said he grabbed a golf club — a Callaway 4-iron — out of a bag in his living room and swung at the snake twice. He missed the first time then nailed it with the second attempt, almost splitting the serpent in half.

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DoubleDingo says:
Sounds to me that Ngo needs to pay attention to where he is walking so he can avoid being bit in the first place. And then use that 4 iron to coax the snake into a bag and relocate it back to its natural habitat. I'm not a tree hugger and not for PETA or anything like that, but senseless killing of wild animals has got to stop. Now if he skinned it and ate after he killed it I'm okay with that. I wonder if he looks for his shoes by looking at the ceiling. "Where are my shoes? I can't find my shoes." They're right where you left them, and I doubt they're on the ceiling...lol...
5/3/12
 
Dusty23 says:
A friend of mine played in Florida a few years ago and went into the treeline for his ball and ran into a rattlesnake (I think, it was something venomous). Realizing he had a couple of elderly groups behind him, and they may not see it or notice it, instead of calling the clubhouse to report it, he took it on with his 3 iron, and killed it. He had nice picture of himself holding it, it was at least 5 ft long. My only question for him was, What if you missed?
5/3/12
 
Duke of Hazards says:
my brother-in-law, a young burly 220 lb mountain man of 27 at the time, was bitten on the ankle by a baby rattlesnake while out mountain biking. the babies can be the most dangerous because they haven't learned to regulate their venom flow and often will pump all of it into you. anyway, my brother in law was in the hospital for 3 or 4 days and had he not been young and strong, may have died. he and his brother killed the baby rattler after the bite and took it with them so that the Dr. could identify the species of snake and administer the correct anti-venom.

also, DoubleDingo, how much attention does one usually pay when walking to the fridge to get a drink? I'm usually day-dreaming about golf or something.
5/3/12
 
falcon50driver says:
I shot a Diamondback rattlesnake in the head with a .22 cal rifle. Then stretched it out on the fender of my car for a picture. The blood (or venom) that leaked out, removed the paint from that spot on my car.
5/3/12
 
SD Charlie says:
@DoubleDingo - Here in Southern California we generally leave rattlers alone. However, it's not uncommon to kill them when they pose a threat. At any rate, how is this senseless? If a rattlesnake bit you, I guarantee that you would kill it too. You sure as heck aren't going to talk it into letting go.
5/3/12
 
Bryan K says:
DoubleDingo: Most rattlesnake bites (an overwhelming majority, in the 90% range) are caused by people who try to capture the creatures for one reason or another. Trying to catch a rattlesnake and relocating it to the wild puts one at an unnecessary risk.

Duke: Another thing about baby rattlers that makes them more dangerous is the lack or undeveloped rattle. I've encountered a few rattlers in my life, and I can always hear them before I get anywhere near. Babies, though, pose a much greater threat.
5/3/12
 
Bryan K says:
merlin: One of the greatest memories I have of my father was back when I was an adolescent, about 13 years old. We were walking on the land he owned at the time looking for some suitable objects to play target practice with. I was scurrying ahead with my .22 while my dad was more cautious carrying his .30-'06. He hear, and saw, the rattler before I did, and I barely had time to register what had happened. The rattler was about 15 yards in front of me, and my dad was about 60 yards behind me. I saw the rattler one second, and I saw its head explode the next second. He picked that puppy off at about 80 yards with me standing right in between him and the snake, and he did it without hesitation.

My dad's greatest skill in life was that he knew how to fire a rifle. It's a shame that Vietnam ruined the enjoyment of that for him.
5/3/12
 
Trip says:
Hey, no mulligans!
5/3/12
 
glenrich says:
Regarding club choice, from what I have read so far either a 3 iron, 4 iron or .30-'06 iron will do the trick.
5/3/12
 
dtak84 says:
@glenrich sharp. I think those are all better than a putter or driver.
5/3/12
 
MrGaston says:
DoubleDingo. Let me get this straight. You wouldn't kill a rattle snake? Even after it bit you? You would instead capture it and relocate it back to its natural habitat? What do you think it's natural habitat is? You may not be a tree hugger or PETA but you are most definitely some sort of nut.

BTW - My home course in Abilene, TX is Diamondback. There is a reason they named it that.
5/4/12
 
Bryan K says:
MrGaston...is it because the old baseball team that used to play there wants the land returned to them?
5/4/12
 
BAKE_DAWG40 says:
Um, I don't consider killing a rattler that wondered into a kitchen and biting a person senseless. I consider it self-preservation. I believe people who value the life of an animal over human life insane.
5/4/12
 
barbajo says:
Musta used a blade...
5/4/12
 
DoubleDingo says:
Okay, bash me all you want to. I used to have the mentality that you do, and killed my share of wildlife just because it was within my vicinity. Then I grew up and got wise. Every creature has a purpose, and snakes kill rodents and other small vermin. Without snakes, the rodent population explodes. I would rather relocate a snake back into the woods where it came from, than have a house full of rodents that carry hantivirus. Now I think a good steak for dinner sounds good.
5/4/12
 
DoubleDingo says:
And yes, one should always be alert where they are walking or going. It's really not that difficult to be aware of your surroundings and avoid stuff, or just take it all in because nature is cool. It cracks me up how so many people are stuck to their cell phones or other devices and are missing so much in life.
5/4/12
 
legitimatebeef says:
My first instinct would be to grab the 60* wedge because it has the sharpest leading edge.
5/4/12
 
SilverSliver says:
@legitimatebeef "My first instinct would be to grab the 60* wedge"... it's the shortest club in bag. 3i or 4i is your best bet.
5/4/12
 
glenrich says:
You can guarantee I would have killed that snake.
I have a wife and 4 kids in the house and I am not taking a chance that it slithers around and bites one of them before I get a chance to figure out how to capture it. I see nothing senseless in killing a wild creature that is endangering you or your loved ones. There should be a distinction made between a poisonous snake that is merely in your vicinity and one that is an imminent threat.

I suspect that DoubleDingo was wanting to make a point that often times people will kill wild animals without real justification and that this should be considered wrong. Unfortunately in this case, I think killing the snake was justified so it wound up being a bad example to make an otherwise valid point.
5/4/12
 
cvargo says:
Unwanted critter in my home is just like unwanted person in my home. whatever it is it's leaving dead.
5/4/12
 
MrGaston says:
Where ever you put a poisonous snake it's going to be a danger to humans. Their population should be controlled by killing them any time you see one. Everyone used to know this before the world lost it's collective mind.
5/4/12
 
a~m says:
Bryan K nice memory of a nice outing and a protective father, wish i had a father to have memories with.
5/4/12
 
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