Monday, April 11, 2011

The sound of clink

I love the game of golf. I enjoy the time away from the craziness of life, the exercise (I prefer to walk when I play), the time in God's creation, the satisfaction of a good shot, the mental challenges it provides and the camaraderie with your playing partners.

Yet, nothing compares to the sound that follows a putt after rolling into the cup. Besides, the whole purpose of the game is to get it in the hole. From the moment you pull your clubs out of your vehicle and carry them to the first tee the goal is simple, put the ball in the hole with the least amount of strokes.

But, it is not as easy as it looks. One little tweak in the swing can send your ball sailing in the wrong direction and detour your game. Plus, in this game no one else can do it for you. You bear full responsibility for each shot, even if you choose to  blame it on the lie, the club, the noisy playing partner, the divot, the tilt of the earth, or gravity.

Plain and simple it takes practice, a tweaking of the swing, putting on the practice green, and lots of hard work to get the clink with as few shots as possible. I snapped this photo above after Isaiah rolled in a long putt. Whatever you have set out to achieve this week most likely will require some hard work with lots of good execution. The sound you long to hear this week will  rarely happen by accident!

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