I am attempting to become a golfist. I have been taking some group lessons at a nearby golf course and have found that I am more confident and understand what I’m supposed to be doing far better than before. The professional who was teaching us began by explaining what the golf club is designed to do and what the ball is ‘expecting’ the golf club to do to it. He then explained the different ways in which golfists manage not to deliver the golf club to the ball in the required manner so that we understand what went wrong when all flies off in the wrong direction or doesn’t take off.
In theory golf is a simple game.
I am fairly confident that now I understand why my shots are that. The problem is in trying not only not to do the things which make a bad shot that at the same time trying to do the things which make for a good shot.
In practise golf is a very complicated game.
One of the tips that the professional gave us was designed to help us not to unload the power of the golf swing before it swings through the ball. That might mean something to any golfists reading this bloggerel, but don’t worry if it means nothing to you. In order to help us with this suggested that we part-fill a water bottle with water and try to keep the water in the correct end of the bottle until the right moment of release. I think I can manage that. The problem is that the golf club does not look or feel anything like a water bottle!
Still, practice makes perfect – or at least less imperfect.
there are all sorts of gadgets and aids offered to golfists to help them to improve, but unless you practice you won’t improve. And therein lies the lesson for us all. There are countless self-help books and plenty of gurus around willing to offer us advice for life. Some of them may be helpful, others less so. Much of the Old Testament, and indeed much of Church teaching throughout the centuries has been like the early lessons from our golf professional. We are told what is expected of us and how and why things go wrong. But that is not always helpful: the best thing we can do is to do the simple things well. Jesus tried to make it as simple as possible for us: ‘follow me’.
Every time we try to overcomplicate things or look elsewhere for advice or support we should remind ourselves that in theory life is simple: follow the advice of the author of life and follow him.
Be blessed, be a blessing.
Excuses for bad golf shots:
A fly landed on my ball right when I hit.
A squirrel picked up my ball and put it in the bunker.
After that last shot, I’m just too embarrassed to try and hit the ball.
All the golf schools I liked were too expensive – so I self-taught.
Please quit breathing when I swing.
From three hundred yards out it looks like the green sloped away. I should have laid up.
Golf is about etiquette, not playing well.
Golf isn’t fun if it’s competitive, so I don’t try hard.
Ever since I made a hole-in-one, I can’t concentrate.