A round of golf can be an illustration of the 12 Steps.
Looking at the fairway of a golf links one day, the thought came to me that it was something like the AA Programme. It is not always possible for us to stay on it, no matter how hard we try. Hazards of all description impede our safe progress towards the Green, And our best intended shots land in bunkers, the rough or worse still, completely out of bounds.
The hallmark of the seasoned campaigner however is a good recovery. This is usually achieved with the aid of the right club and it’s correct application to the badly-played ball.
There are usually 12 clubs in most good golfers’ bags, if you see what I mean. And they know them and value each for its particular contribution to their game. Very few players go round the course using the same one or two clubs for all shots. No doubt it can be done but I may be excused for wondering if reasonable contentment is ever found with this type of play.
I like to compare my driver with the First Step, without it I know I can’t get much distance. But it’s use in the rough is questionable. Similarly my putter or Twelfth Step is used on or about the greens, literally to put the finishing touches to the game. It’s use at any other stage may be effective but it just isn’t done without appearing a little odd.
They tell me it takes a long time to master the in-between woods and irons but they also tell me that the man who persists in his efforts to use them can eventually recover from the worst possible lie and go on to win the game.