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Saturday, March 3rd '18

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THE SHORTER COURSE

"Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind..." (1 Peter 1:13)

 

Bobby Jones' most famous line claimed that "competitive golf is played mainly on a five and a half inch course...the space between your ears". How I know that is true. I shoot such fantastic mulligan shots because the second time I do what I should have done the first time, think. Only problem, mulligans don't count in golf or in life. Let's talk about that shorter course for a minute, the one between your ears. (They say it's the little things that count. Hehe)

 

In golf the mind has at least five main effects on the game. First, vision, you have to see the ball addressed, fly and then land all in the course of the mind. No, it doesn't always go the way you envision it but like they say, if you fail to plan you plan to fail. Vision sets up the whole approach. It focuses on success and refuses to acknowledge sand traps or the dreaded drink. Second, attitude, the competition is in the mind because the golfer has to shake off the previous three-putt and steady his nerves for the ensuing holes. It is not all or nothing. There are holes ahead where one can redeem himself if he plays them right. Life too gives us repeat chances to pick up some birds, maybe even eagles, but the good things are never magnetized to people who are down on themselves.

 

Third, aptitude, knowing what kind of shot to make and when. That is a practice and experience issue. Know your business. Study the game, whatever your game. Fourth, reflex memory, the mind has to do a quick-scan of all the processes, stance, grip, balance, back swing, down-stroke, follow-through and so on. A chain is no stronger than its weakest link and a brain is no stronger than its weakest think. There are a lot of links on the links. Each step is critical so we gird up the loins of the mind, as Peter said, to make sure we don't leave out a single essential.

 

Fifth, intuition, that ability to foresee or feel things that you can't even put your finger on. It is a feel for the wind, slope of the fairway, whether or not something is "right" even when there is no clear reason why it is or isn't right. My last eagle (did I announce online that I got another eagle?) was a chip that dropped from off the green and I knew when my sand wedge connected with the ball that it was going in the hole. I felt it. Isaiah said men would soar like eagles. Life is not all logic; there is a certain amount of intuition and feeling required. Paul taught that we can "feel after" God and "find him" (Acts 17:27). Spiritual sense doesn't negate or replace common sense but we do have an inner radar that can lock onto a miracle just like a little white ball can lock onto a pin. Some putts are magic. That miracle Nike ball that dropped in for Tiger at the 2005 Masters' Tournament wasn't skill only; Someone looked down with favor from above. As it cut right then down the sloped green everybody knew intuitively, "that ball is going in the hole". T.W. wins most of his games on the short course before playing them out on the long course. 7,500 yards is not that long once the five and a half inch course has been mastered but the shorter course really is never completely mastered. But progress is being made so "gird up the loins of your mind".


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