The Anguish of a Near Miss

 In putting, it’s the small misses that sting the most. With so many factors in play on every stroke, it’s hard to accept the result that comes painfully close to success. The most frustrating part is that ninety-nine out of one hundred details can be right, but it only takes one small element to keep the ball out of the hole. Despite the anguish of coming so close, the near-miss is a sign of many good things. The best putters have far more close calls than makes, but that constant proximity pays off over time. Putts that hang around the hole can somedays fall in droves. Even still, the ones that don’t drop are tough pills to swallow.

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