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Fore serious? Giroux needs finger surgery after golf club shatters

From the Associated Press:

Flyers captain Claude Giroux had surgery on his right index finger after getting injured on a golf course in Ottawa.

Giroux sustained tendon damage when a golf club shattered and splintered into his finger Thursday. It's unknown what caused the club to shatter.

Giroux is expected to make a full recovery in five to six weeks. Last month, Philadelphia signed Giroux to an eight-year contract extension worth over $64 million.

Giroux was hurt playing overseas during the lockout last year and finished with only 13 goals and 48 points for the Flyers. He has 291 points (91 goals, 200 assists) in 333 career games spread over six seasons in Philadelphia.

Here's the Flyers' release:

Below is a statement from Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren on Claude Giroux's injury.

"Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux had successful surgery this afternoon on his right index finger performed by Dr. Katherine Boyd at the Ottawa Civic Hospital in Ottawa, Canada.  Giroux was golfing today when his golf club shattered and splintered into his index finger.  Although there were no broken bones, there was some damage to his extensor tendons in his finger.  He is expected to have a full recovery in 5-6 weeks."

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Mistercristo's avatar

LOLflyers.  At least the senators are an unintentional joke.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 08/16/13 at 02:27 AM ET

Mistercristo's avatar

I’m sorry, I meant a self-righteous joke.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 08/16/13 at 02:31 AM ET

shanetx's avatar

I feel like there’s a lawsuit there.  Golfers, help me out here?  Do golf clubs shatter under normal usage… ever?  Like, ever ever?  Or did he slam it into something?

This makes it that the first and 22nd pick out of that 2006 draft have suffered serious injuries playing golf.  That can’t be a coincidence.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 08/16/13 at 02:36 AM ET

Mistercristo's avatar

shanetx, it’s common knowledge that:

hp+g=ss~HG

hockey player + golf = slap shot like Happy Gilmore. It’s science: of course there’s a shattered sti…I mean club.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 08/16/13 at 03:17 AM ET

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This would never have happened if he had used good ol’ wood instead of these new composite sticks and let me tell you another thing bla bla *oldtimer grumbles*

Posted by Mr. Fnytelhatt on 08/16/13 at 06:52 AM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

Good thing there are known forensic experts in Ottawa to help them figure out who to blame.

Posted by Savage Henry on 08/16/13 at 07:20 AM ET

Primis's avatar

I feel like there’s a lawsuit there.  Golfers, help me out here?  Do golf clubs shatter under normal usage… ever?  Like, ever ever?  Or did he slam it into something?

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 08/16/13 at 02:36 AM ET

I’ve broken clubs in normal usage before (both an iron and a 3W on the course, and an old driver at a driving range), and they snap, they don’t shatter.  In all 3 cases the snapped heads and shaft remnants flew downcourse.

Theoretically if he snapped it on his backswing it could have come back around and got his hand.  However, if he’s using that kind of speed on a backswing he’s an idiot.  There’s no need to generate the kind of speed that could break it on a backswing, even the top PGA pros can’t and don’t do that.  You’re out of control going that fast back.  Even top NHL shooters don’t generate that kind of backswing on their slapshots.

Now, also theoretically he could have “buried” his club head (hit the ground hard and deep instead of the ball) I guess on the downswing and maaaaaaaybe that’d make it snap and propel the shaft back up into his hands.  But even that’s pretty unlikely.

So I have a very hard time believing it wasn’t tantrum-induced.  Given Giroux’s shown a temper on-ice before, that makes it all the more likely it was a temper tantrum.  There are roughly 49320402380 temper tantrum scenarios we could come up with, I’m sure.

Golf isn’t dangerous.  Immature golfers with short fuses are though.

Posted by Primis on 08/16/13 at 10:13 AM ET

shazam88's avatar

So I have a very hard time believing it wasn’t tantrum-induced.  Given Giroux’s shown a temper on-ice before, that makes it all the more likely it was a temper tantrum.  There are roughly 49320402380 temper tantrum scenarios we could come up with, I’m sure.

Posted by Primis on 08/16/13 at 10:13 AM ET

Seriously! There’s got to be a story here, and it’s a darned shame that no video has emerged. A few too many drinks on the front nine, lost bets on four holes in a row, and then wham, that golf club ended up somewhere inappropriate.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 08/16/13 at 10:53 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I’m guessing a golf cart, trees and/or a pond, and a little whiskey was likely involved as well…

Posted by TreKronor on 08/16/13 at 01:56 PM ET

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I’ve seen a graphite shaft explode when hitting something unexpectedly it shouldn’t have during a swing.  Bits of shaft went flying everywhere including all over the front of my friend who was swinging.  He promptly cut both hands in several places brushing off his shirt and pants.  I’m going to give Giroux the benefit of the doubt, as it was our other drunk idiot friend who thought it would be funny to throw his club between the guys legs from behind while he was swinging.  So, not at all the fault of the guy swinging.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 08/16/13 at 02:27 PM ET

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Yes. it is possible for a graphite shaft to ‘explode’ if the clubhead hits something it shouldn’t, like a root or rock under the ground.  The shaft can have a lot of flex in it during the swing, and if the club all of a sudden stops, that energy has to go somewhere, and graphite tends to shatter when it breaks.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 08/16/13 at 03:54 PM ET

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