RORY MCILROY admits that bending his club at this year's US Open did not set a good example, while he looks ahead to the Irish Open.
The Ulsterman hit two balls into the drink at Merion, where he finished a long way down the leaderboard, and subsequently bent his club in frustration.
“It definitely wasn’t the right thing to do," he said.
"Of course, everybody is going to get frustrated by a bad shot and I’m no different. But it doesn’t set a good example.
"There are other ways to show disappointment and I wouldn’t recommend any kids to start throwing their clubs or bending their 9-irons.”
The end of last year saw the Northern Irishman as runaway world number one following his four tournament wins, including his dominant victory at the US PGA Championship, but this year's troubles with Nike are clear to see.
With only one top-five finish in 12 events in 2013, the mental side of McIlroy's game has been increasingly challenged but the 24-year-old still believes he can turn things around soon.
“I think my game is a lot closer this year than it was at the Irish Open at Portrush last year. I sort of turned it around a bit with a top-10 up there and that gave me confidence," said the world number two.
"I keep saying that it’s not far away, but it isn’t. Yes, I do feel I can catch a wave going into the summer like I did 12 months ago.
“Something I’ve felt in a couple of Irish Opens is suffocated and having that burden and that pressure and that expectation, but the last couple of years, I’ve tried to embrace the whole week, enjoy it, and turn all that support into an advantage.”