It’s not good till it’s in
I wonder who invented the gimmie? I love asking in matchplay, “good good?” I used to play social night rounds with my friends at the local par-three night course. We would always have a good time, and I always insisted on them putting out. I wonder what they would have scored if I wasn’t there. I think you should always put them out, especially when practicing. I learned this lesson from an old hustler who made a living by beating others. He would always be chipping before he played and never skipped chipping ten, then putting ten, and repeating. I asked him one day why, and he said, “It’s not good until it’s in.” This will always stay with me, and I think it’s a valuable lesson to learn.