Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Golf Lessons For Life, Part 1

When I was about 13 years old I went golfing for the first time. Didn't do very well, but the boy I was playing with was cute - so I really didn't care.
As time went on I played with my dad - who is an excellent golfer - and my inadequacies were much more pronounced. I had a lesson with a "pro" but nothing made sense to me. I didn't understand the concept of, Put this hand here, and this one here. Now do this with your fingers, put your elbow here, bend a little like this and move your foot out like this. Now, RELAX!
I began to think, If you want the ball, why keep hitting it??? And I found myself agreeing with Mark Twain who once said, "Golf is a good walk spoiled." Finally, on one wet Saturday morning a very miserable 15-year-old girl left the golf course in tears, (Half way through the second hole, if I remember correctly!) vowing to never play the #*%$@! game again.

Hey, I didn't know Jesus yet. Sometimes #*%$@! came out of my mouth. *grin*

Fast forward 22 years.

My husband started playing golf and thought it would be a great idea if I would try it again. So we could play together.
Yeah, I made that vow on my way off the golf course many years ago, but more recently I made a vow to love my husband - for better or worse (And, for me, golf fits in the "worse" category!) so I agreed. I would give it a try again.
And, honestly? I didn't expect to have a good time.
But I did! I did enjoy myself. What a surprise!

Something else happened out there on the golf course which I wasn't expecting. I learned a few lessons. I mean, besides Keep your head down, and Repair your divots. I learned some lessons from playing golf which encourage me in the game of life.
Lessons like:
*Forward movement is progress.
*Remember the good hit.
*It's OK to let others "play through."
*Perspective and encouraging words make all the difference.
*Friends can help you get out of the sand.
*It's good to finish before you're ready to quit.

I'd like to expand on some of these lessons here, but I haven't decided which ones. In fact, I've decided I'm going to let YOU decide! In the comment section, please let me know which two or three lessons seem most interesting to you. I'll take it from there and post about them Wednesday and Thursday - and maybe even for my video on Monday.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a tee time. FORE!!!

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luvmy4sons said...

LOL! I tried golfing when we were first married. I quit when I had 4 babies in six years followed by 9 years of diapers...and well, you get the idea. Now hubby doesn't seem so interested in me playing with him. Maybe when the nest is empty. I thought all looked good so I thought about which one I might NEED the most. I decided the one about letting others play through because it goes against my drive to finish and my impatience on waiting...Hugs!

Ronel said...


Too funny.. we went to a marriage retreat in July and my hubby wanted to golf (only 6 couples golfed) so I figured since he went to the retreat I should give it a shot!!

My husband was amazingly patient and a good instructor plus he told me it was the good shots that would get me to come back... he he I LOVED the good shots and HATED the bad ones... always on the hunt for the next good one kept me positive.

Hopefully I will get a chance to play with him again soon. On a side note I have missed reading your blog, glad to be back!!

Amanda said...

Way to go!!! I so hope you have found a new hobby that you and your hubby can enjoy together!!

I... I do not like golf and will not try it ever again. :)


Unknown said...

Honestly, I'd rather have a tea time, than a tee time. LOL!

Forward motion...
It's OK to let others...&
Finish before your quit.

Just my little opinion. :-)

Jessica Nelson said...

I agree with Twain. LOL! Also, finish before you quit. That sounds like a good one!

Anonymous said...

"It's OK to let others pkay through"...this intrigues me!

Golf...hmmmm...a tough sport to get into in the city...if I had my way, it'd be mini-golf!! Who doesn't love trying to get that ball through the windmill! ;)

Patricia nyc