Golfers need to understand the terms “gimmie,” and “gotcha.”

A “gimmie” is when a ball rests “inside the leather” of a putter from the hole.
That’s a distance of about 24 inches.
There’s no need to putt that ball in the hole, because it is so close.
Your opponent/partner usually says, “That’s good.”
Then you pick the ball up, counting one more stroke, and go to the next hole.

A “gotcha” happens when you are in the middle of your back swing on an important shot.
Your opponent/partner slips in behind you, touches your backside with the end of his club, and says, “GOTCHA!”
That usually wreaks havoc with your backswing, and causes the ball to head for the woods or water!

“Gimmies” are used when your opponent/partner’s score is worse than yours.
“Gotchas” are used when your opponent/partner’s score is better than yours.


1 Peter 5:8-9
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.


Don’t forget that ole devil!
He’s always trying to slip up behind you with a “gotcha” in life!

“Be sober” – alert, awake, not drunken on or with the wines or niceties of this world.
“Be vigilant” – on guard, watchful, not lax concerning the care of your character.

“Resist” – fight the “good fight” of faith; remain active in the things of God.
“Stedfast” – relying totally upon our Lord, utilize the resources of faith: prayer, Bible study, Christian fellowship.

Remember Christians, we are “weak”: too easily shocked and/or caught off guard.

Our only means of being “strong” is to employ closeness with our Lord and remain active in His work.

Love ya,