Posing…? Par 4

Can you, as a golfer, identify with this photo of PGA Tour Professional and winner of the 2013 Masters Tournament, Adam Scott, frozen in position watching for the results of his tee shot.

Extra Golf - Posing Adam _scottdt_002Adam Scott, of Australia, watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during second round play at The Barclays golf tournament Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Paramus, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Do you ever find yourself fixed in that frozen stance at the end of your swing?

What’s going on in your mind at that moment?

Are you admiring the results? Are you throwing a quick funeral for a ball whose final resting place is destined to be the primordial ooze of a swamp hazard? Are you, perhaps, involved in a moment of self-deprecation over an injurious swing pattern that seems to be emerging.  Or is your thought in that frozen moment—which seems to stretch on forever—“What a miserable piece of worthless slime, I hope nobody saw that.  I’m better than that shot indicates!”?

In my circle of friends we call that post shot “freeze…”posing.”

It’s an interesting thing…posing.

By definition posing, or to pose, is defined as one of two things:

       1) A sustained posture; especially:  one assumed for artistic effect

       2) An attitude, role, or characteristic assumed for effect

Interestingly enough I am , if I am to be fully truthful, embarrassed to admit that I find myself posing more often than I would like to “cop to,” both on the golf course and off.  And, what’s even more embarrassing is that most of that posing falls into category 2) of the alternative definitions  referenced above.  So I have to ask myself why do I feel the need to pose-–which I read to mean…attempt to be something I am not.

The answer for me is painfully simple…insecurity.  I want you to see my bright spots, not my faults.  I sometimes fall into the trap (the lie) that says, “You are to others what they see at the moment.”  In other words, if I present this “good-looking surface”–my highlight reel–you will accept that highlight reel as the true me.

I know better than that and so do you. But think about it.  I bet I am not alone in wanting to project a brighter, shinier image than my inner self knows to be true.  In short perhaps you, like me, sometimes feel that if people could see the real us they wouldn’t like us or respect us as much so we put on facades and we pose.  This to me, is where golf and life again intersect.  This posing activity permeates the rest of our lives every bit as much as it does our golf game.

So what’s the answer to this dilemma…this insecurity? 

First let me say I don’t have your answer.  But I have found mine, or to put it more honestly, my answer has been with me all along, I just didn’t recognize it.  The simple truth is that I don’t have to pose to be accepted.  I have been totally accepted by the audience of one who makes all the difference to me in both this world and what is to come.  You see, I now embrace the reality that I am a treasured child of the most high God...the same God who made me and loves me and who is my sufficiency.  I don’t need to “pose” for one more minute to be accepted.  With that understanding seated deeply in my soul I am at peace, comfortable, secure and ever-so thankful.

How about you? Are you tired of posing?  My answer can be your answer.   I chose to embrace Him and along with that embrace came all of the significance and security I will ever need.  If you haven’t already, you can choose to embrace Him too…Today!






4 responses to this post.

  1. Your insights remind me of 1 Samuel 16:7 which states, “Do not look at his appearance or the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as a man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Enough said!


    • Your choice of scripture reminds me of the thesis of Ken Gire’s book,”WINDOWS OF THE SOUL.” He frequently suggest throughout the book that we “look into not merely at” the picture presented to us.


  2. Posted by Billy C on August 29, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Larry , thank you! I agree, thank you Jesus!


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