Whether it's a freak gust of wind or a spike mark, it always helps to have something else to blame...

6 Common Golf Excuses For A Bad Shot

1. Mother Nature

She can be a cruel mistress.

As you reach the top of your backswing, a rare atmospheric event occurs – a phantom gust of wind or the sun comes out or a squirrel bites into a nut or the air temperature dips or a rogue rain drop drips onto your bald patch.

Put me down for a blob.

2. Spike marks

It is amazing how the spectre of one tiny spike mark can transform the green in your mind’s eye into something akin to a World War I battlefield.

The likelihood of your ball evading this crater is zero.

Cue a heavy period of gesticulation and a spell of bad-mouthing the green-staff.

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3. Mud ball

The dimples on your ball have been carefully engineered to offer the truest of flights.

What no one needs is a lump of sod attached to one side of it.

Unless Winter Rules come to your aid, you need to strike it in the blind hope of success.

Failure, in this instance, comes with a perfect excuse.

4. Your playing partner

A golfer in the address position is like a sniper waiting for his moment.

Cue Janet asking if you’d like a Murray Mint while you’re at the top of your backswing.

“Come on, Janet. Have some respect… Yes, I will have a mint.”

5. Other golfers

As we have already mentioned, golfers are in a constant state of hyper-awareness.

If you are standing in the wrong position or you move while a fellow competitor is preparing to play, you can expect a volley of four-lettered abuse.

And rightly so.

6. Slipping

The golf swing is one of the most athletic moves the human body can make – fact.

Balancing the demand for speed, control and stability, it’s a wonder we ever make contact.

A slip is nothing short of a tragedy.

Yes, it may not have been perceptible to the naked eye, but you felt your left foot slide and you may as well have fallen over in your downswing.

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