With Atlanta basking in the afterglow of the PGA Championship, it’s a great day to talk about golf. While we’re at it, let’s talk about a sizzling prayer life too, because golf is a very spiritual game when you put it under the scope.
Anybody who picks up a golf club soon develops the secret suspicion that he could rise to greatness (or at least pretty-darned-goodness) if he would just get some help, practice and play more. Let’s call this suspicion the Nicklaus Notion.
The Nicklaus Notion can take root in almost any soil. Visit any driving range in the world and you’ll see the evidence; ranks of deluded hackers taking themselves far too seriously. They aren’t really learning anything, they’re just flailing away and rejoicing or cursing at the “random” outcome of each shot.
Once in awhile a man will act on the Nicklaus notion. He takes lessons. He practices. He plays regularly and becomes a student and lover of the game rather than a mere range clown. At the very least, such a man almost always enjoys considerable improvement in his game.
Most hackers, though, will never act on the Nicklaus Notion. They’ll never make the investment of time, mind and money, and these will forever suspect they could have been good “if only.” Continue reading