My 15 yr old took up the game of golf this summer. His passion is basketball and at 6’8″ learning to golf has been a challenge. A few days ago, as we approached the 8th hole, a 140yd par 3, he announed that he was going to put one on the green. Remember the movie “Tin Cup” with Kevin Costner? 25 balls later, some fairly close, but none on the green, he felt defeated. He was ready to quit. I told him I’d sign him up for a lesson with our Pro.
Well, a day later, after his hour lesson, he joined me and the two ladies I was playing with on the 7th hole. I could see the improvement and his new confidence. As we approached the 8th hole he said, “Mom, how about $100.00 if I put one on the green.” I agreed. He set his ball down, lined up, swung smoothly and landed it on back of the green. I wish I could share the expression on his face with you. My friends were impressed. I gave him a hug. Of course, now he has renewed passion for the game and wants his $100.00 to go toward new clubs.
My son’s experiences this summer with golf parallel some of our experiences with life. Sometimes it seems like nothing is going right. Sometimes we feel defeated. Maybe we just need to talk to a Pro, get a lesson, and take another shot.