No. 14: Lipping Out

"I lipped the cup and I was madder than hell." — Ben Hogan

Of all the confounding episodes that can befall us in this most confounding game, the lip out is perhaps the bitterest. The physics are mind-boggling, the excuses are myriad (“Did you see that spike mark?” “Damn cup liners!”) and mostly we are reduced to blaming the golf gods while explaining our tales of woe. The following stories likely won’t prevent a future horseshoe from hell, but at least you’ll know you’re not alone.