Who is “ALICE” and why can’t they putt?
Most of us think that, when we tell ourselves or others on the putting green to “hit it, Alice!” when a putt is missed or comes up short, we’re making reference to some emasculating lack of strength or power and are referencing a woman or girl named “Alice” (unless you’re playing with Alice Cooper, perhaps). But in reality, it’s not a gender based reference at all.
Rather, the reference is derived from hecklers at the 1963 Ryder Cup when Peter Alliss was playing a match against Arnold Palmer and badly missed some ridiculously easy putts, and they popped off from the gallery and said, “nice putt, Alliss!” and “hit it, Alliss!”
So don’t worry about calling someone “Alliss” because of their putting...the reference is not a girl’s name. And be sure to press on the back 9 when you play Alice Cooper...because you can talk about “Alice” all day with impunity!