Make sure you tie a line from the dolphin striker rod to the mast base. If you miss the hook, the line will keep the mast from pivoting and smacking the ground behind you. Never let anyone "catch" the mast for you. Only allow your assistant to hold the mast after you have it down at your waist level under control enough to gently hand the tip to them. If you drop the mast on the ground, it will bounce and make a lot of noise that you can tell tales of later, but is the same dropped mast conks someone on the noggin, then you will be telling your tale in court.