Thomas Pieters: Don't fine players for snapping clubs

Thomas Pieters

Thomas Pieters says that he is a reformed character when it comes to snapping clubs but reckons that players shouldn’t be fined for doing so.

Pieters, who won the Czech Masters at the weekend to end a three-year winless drought, has become famous for his breaking his gear in fits of pique on the course.

One clip of him breaking a club around his neck during the 2018 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth went particularly viral.

• EXPLAINED - How the FedEx Cup finale works

• Outrage as council votes to close Scots course

However, speaking to the latest edition of the European Tour’s Race To Dubai podcast, he says those days are over.

FIRST REVIEW! TITLEIST T-SERIES IRONS!

“I’ve just made a point of not snapping clubs and not letting myself go,” said the 27-year-old Belgian. “It’s definitely a more balanced life for me off the course now than before. People can’t really judge players for snapping clubs or whatever because nobody really knows what’s going on behind the scenes. I haven’t snapped anything this year and I won’t because I made a point to my caddie not to do it.”

• European Tour takes action on slow play

Whilst he insists he has changed his ways, Pieters reckons there’s no great harm in players breaking a club so long as they’re not harming the course.

• Season ends prematurely for Tiger Woods

“If you look at baseball, hockey, tennis, those players snap their bats or racquets,” he added. “I get it, it’s not fun to watch for kids and all that, but I think sometimes you run hot and it’s just how people react. I’ve maybe not dealt with it in the best way in the past but, you know, look at [Henrik] Stenson. He never shouts or yells. Instead, he sometimes just breaks or snaps a club and just moves on, on the spot. I don’t think it’s something you should get fined for.”

•• CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST IN FULL

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
FAIRWAY BUNKERS MADE EASY | GOLF EXPLAINED
Fairway bunkers
play button
4 simple tips for hitting your fairway woods
cameron adam
play button
WHICH ONE OF THESE IS MY FAVOURITE DRIVER OF 2021?
Drivers
play button
A GOLF SHOE THAT IS BOUND TO DIVIDE OPINION - FootJoy HyperFlex review
FootJoy
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

WATCH - Jordan Spieth continues resurgence with stunning ace
New detail emerges following Tiger Woods car crash
Nick Faldo explains why he took a pop at Rickie Fowler
Golf fan places ridiculous bet on Jordan Spieth
GolPhin launches all-new tournament to get kids into golf

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
The correct grip is essential to good ball striking
Watch
play button
Keep working on the right things
Watch
play button
Make a bigger shoulder turn
Watch
play button
Why you need to address the ball with a square clubface
Watch
See all videos right arrow