”Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.”
”So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day”
(2 Cor. 4:16)
”And if I perish, I perish”
Golf is rarely life-threatening, but Esther’s methods are desirable. Patience-Endurance-List and
courage to reach the eighteenth green.
”For You have need of endurance”
Endurance is about to hold on fysically, mentaly and spiritually. All this three parts is needed at the
golfcourse as well as in Life.
”You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart”
”With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love”
”What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should prolong my life?”
Fredrik Jakobsson, a Swedish topgolfer: “A sad ending of the day, of course, but we had a lot of joy the last
The golfer knows himself in the struggle against himself, challenge himself, focus on one strike in time
and no one to blame if the strike is bad. Then it´s nice to celebrate other players when they are successful. That behavior can change a temporally dip during the round, hope returns and the golfers fellowship on the course gives strength and patient that once again challenge the golf course.
”In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength”
”A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favour it better than silver or gold”
Golf has, as all other sports, an element of honesty. In the social play as well as in the play of competitions
you are often your own judge. Your own responsibility and progress is of an extreme importance for a
Plainness and communication gives confidence for your own performance and for that of your fellow-
players. The one who plays in accordance with the idea of the game of golf and it’s rules leaves the course
with his honour intact and is gaining the respect of others.
”The flowers appear on the Earth; the time of the singing of birds is come”
(Song of Solomon 2:12)
”A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly”
(Proverbs 14:29, New International Version – UK)
”The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out”
(Proverbs 18:15, New International Version – UK)
At the 11th tee at Jonkoping GC I am standing beside The Experienced, who has stricken his ball and it has
hit the green. No problem for a player with an handicap of 7.
– This does not seem so very nice, it is just a green shot that counts.
– Hum, you have to make your shot! Here is the course guide. Check what they say!
The course guide says: “Railway all along the left side and a ten meter deep ravine on the right side. A small bunker to the right between the green and the ravine. A cautious players goes for the left side of the green and is very happy with a two-putt.”
I take may stance and I recapitulate the three things I have decided to keep in order before hitting. As a
matter of fact I am only able to concentrate on one. I have to be observant on the slice, but if I hook,
then I am gone. The railway.
Now my backswing, slowly, and then I strike the ball, a little bit to hard, perhaps. The ball flies towards the
green, but now there is the slice, well in height, but the ball goes down into the ravine.
I hit a provisional ball which lands fifty meters in front of me in the middle of the fairway.
– I am giving up my first ball, I will never find it!
– You have to know one thing, if I happen to see that ball, then you have to hit it. The Experienced had
Having come up to the green I can see my first ball down in the ravine. At the foot of a spruce, there is my
ball. Apparently not possible to hit. But it has to be done.
I take my stance in a very curious position. Now it is a question of one stroke and a stroke with force. And
then, tussocks, grass and stones and sand are flashing …. I am looking up and I can see my ball in a nice
track right up in the air towards the green. Unbelievable.
The Experienced is laughing when I come up to the green. Now I can se my ball. It lies half a meter from
A par putt and it was nice!
”So now faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love”
(1 Cor. 13:13, English standard version)
The tee of 18th hole. The fairway lies in front of the player, who anxiously looks into his score card. The
wind, the rain and his tiredness have taken out their rights, once again.
Now, slowly, he raises his eyes towards the clubhouse, behind the green, that is far away. There, somebody
is waiting. He lowers his eyes, then slowly, he performs his swing, perfectly, and is able to see his ball in a
nice curve. The waiting.
– “Faith, hope, and love”…he thinks…”it seems to work!”
”For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul”
(Matthew 16:26, New King James Version)
A strong word that can be valid also in the game of golf. If, for example, you desire to win or get our own
way by expanding the system of rules in a situation, this might lead to the loss of joy and delight for the
game for you and your competitors. It is always a good attitude to give time for reflection and under-
”But let justice run down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream”
(Amos 5:24, New King James Version)
Righteousness in life and on the fairways demands of those who are well informed of the rules that they
adapt their knowledge in a way that does not lead to advantages for themselves at the expense of their
competitors against the rules of life and the game of golf. Then justice will stream into life and into the
game of golf.
”A soft answer turneth away Wrath, but grievous Words stir up anger”
(Prov. 15:1, 21st Century King James Version)
Sometimes we argue with our fellow beings. When searching harmony our choice of words, our tone of
voice as well as our body language mean a lot. Then it is always worth to act by common sense, heart and
truth. In a difficult situation a strong reaction often leads nowhere – a calm answer will give you a better
chance to reach the inner balance and the success that you are seeking.
A.V.Despard, The man behind the first golf club
in Sweden, the Gothenburg Golf club
The English vicar A.V.Despard was the man who introduced organised golf in Sweden in the city of
Gothenburg. In March 1891 The Gothenburg Golf Club was founded. Baron Oscar Dickson became the
chairman of the Club, but the driving force behind it all was the Revd A.V.Despard.