You wake up on the golf links, as you do every day.
You tee off as soon as your feet touch the ground.
You have no idea where your ball is going to land – you pray for a decent lie.
You may find yourself buried in a bunker, up against the face, without a stance.
There’s also a good chance you may have rolled into the middle of a fairway – you may be sitting pretty.
Otherwise, there’s always out of bounds, a water hazard, ground under repair, even a hole in one …
You’re not in charge of the wind.
You don’t control the slope.
You can’t command the bounce.
You may even lose your ball.
Wherever you are, you are not lost, you have your clubs, and another ball.
No matter where you lie, you have your swing – you always have your swing.
No matter how desperate your position, you will have another shot.
There will be another ball to strike, another hole, another round to play.
You just have to keep on swinging your clubs, and playing the ball in front of you.
You will finish the course.
You don’t have to keep the score.