This is the flip side to our “In the Hole A-hole” – the “Not In the Hole.” You know, those dastardly putts that are on the perfect line, heading right at the hole, but comes up just short. The ball literally hangs on the lip of the cup. Perilously dangling on the edge of a cliff.
Give it a couple seconds! It will fall. It must! The USGA allows 10 seconds. You give it 11 but alas you swat the ball into the cup in disgust.
What kept the ball from falling in the hole? It could be gravity or some other law of physics. The blame certainly can’t be yours.
Something nefarious is afoot. Maybe a case of cursed luck? A rogue wind? Or maybe, just maybe, those “little people” the Irish speak of goblins, fairies and elves. Surely you heard a tiny little laugh emanating from the hole. Chuckling at your misfortune. Denying you your lucky charms.
We like to call it the “Golf Gnome” and our hope is he is somewhere else when our next 30-footer is tracking!