“Hit a Brick…” Par 3

Did you ever step up to a putt intending to knock it into the cup or at worst to leave it just a few inches away, only to have an explosion go off in your hands and the putt go careening 6 to 8 feet by the cup or even off the green?  If you have, you know exactly how I felt recently. We were playing a round at Barona Creek Golf Club, a delightful course, nestled in a mountain valley, just a little east of San Diego.

100_0476                                                                                               Barona Creek Golf Club, Lakeside California

I had hit my approach shot to approximately 20 feet of the pin.  I settled my self over my putt, went through my pre-stroke checklist, counseled myself to maintain a certain rhythm with my stroke and then I pulled the trigger.  Pulled the trigger?  Pulled the trigger is a gross understatement.  My ball seemed to instantaneously accelerate to warp speed, as it headed in the general direction of the cup.  I thought I saw my golf ball impudently wave at the cup on its way by en-route to it’s final resting place on the fringe of the green. I knew immediately upon hitting the putt it was  going to be a disaster.  I stood and watched helplessly as my little sphere faded into the distance and uttered a belated prayer…“hit a brick!.”  I sheepishly walked across the green, all of my playing partners heads down, no one looking at me and I swear everyone of them saying under their breath “…sucks to be you”, muttering profusely to myself, until reached my ball some three feet off the green.  Somewhere along that “Bataan Death March” to reach my errant putt, I had this interesting question pop up in my head…I wonder how often I  “putt first and then pray later”  in other parts of my life? That question, and advisory thought, has stayed with me long after the specific details of the round.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Brian on July 9, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Great reminder. This applies to so many things we do….and many we shouldn’t. When could avoid many pitfalls by simply taking the time to pray first.


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