Where does the expression Hit it Alice is come from?
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Golfers all over the world have heard the phrase “Hit it, Alice”! but where did this come from? Leaving a putt short is a frustrating event. Being called Alice after you have done so is even more annoying. The answer will amaze and amuse you both at the same time. Read on and see what Brent Kelley of AboutSports found out about the origin of this famous saying!
It turns out that “Alice” isn’t a she at all.
Say you’re playing in a foursome with three of your buddies, when one of them lines up a putt, takes his stroke … and doesn’t even get the ball to the hole. What do you say?
Well, one possibility is, “hit it, Alice!” Another is, “nice putt, Alice!”
The derogatory “Alice” statement has been part of golf for decades. But who is Alice? And what did she do to get immortalized in a golf insult that frequently follows a putt left short?
Contrary to one frequently offered explanation, this “Alice” has nothing to do with the Jackie Gleason sitcom The Honeymooners. Gleason was a golf fanatic, and his character on the show, Ralph Kramden, played golf, too. Ralph’s wife was named Alice. It’s a good guess, but the phrase does not refer to Alice Kramden.