A golfer who was well into his golden years had a lifelong
ambition to play one hole at Pebble Beach, California, the
way the pros do it. The pros drive the ball out over the
water onto the green that is on a spit of land that is just
off the coast.
It was something he had tried hundreds of times without
success. His ball always fell short, into the water.
Because of this he never used a new ball on this
particular hole. He always picked out one that had a cut
or a nick.
One year he went out to Pebble Beach to try again. When
he came to the fateful hole, he teed up an old cut ball
and said a silent prayer.
Before he hit it, however, a powerful voice from above
said: WAIT ... REPLACE THAT OLD BALL WITH A BRAND-NEW
BALL. He complied, with some slight misgiving, despite
the fact that the Lord seemed to be implying that He was
going to let him finally achieve his lifelong ambition.
As he stepped up to the tee once more, the voice came
WAIT .. STEP BACK ... TAKE A PRACTICE SWING.
So he stepped back and took a practice swing. The voice
boomed out again:
TAKE ANOTHER PRACTICE SWING. He did.
Then the voice spoke out again: PUT THE OLD BALL BACK.
[ Author Unknown -- from 'Aiken Drum' ]
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