Attention PGA Merchandise Show Attendees, I will be doing an Advanced Book Signing of my NEW BOOK, More Than A Game (Release Date March 1, 2015) at the SeeMore Putter Booth #707 on Wednesday, Jan. 21st and Thursday Jan. 22nd from 4:30pm-5:30pm.  Come by and say hi, I look forward to meeting you.

Date: January 21, 2105
Time: 04:30-5:30pm
Event: Book Signing
Public: Private

5 Tips For Attending the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show

We are only 2 days away from the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show and to say the least, I am pumped. This will be my 15th year attending and I have 5 tips to make sure you have a productive show. Yes, these are very simple but it is also a good reminder for us all. Here you go:

#1. Plan Your Work. Work Your Plan.
There will be 40,000 attendees and 1100 exhibitors all wanting you to stop in their booth to take a look at their newest and greatest products and/or services. I have to always work my way backwards by asking the question, who are the key vendors that I want to make sure I spend time with? Schedule those first and fill in with any new potential vendors. Three days will go extremely fast.

#2. Wear Comfortable Shoes.
Yes, a no brainer for sure. I like to wear Footjoy’s Contour spikeless shoes, they are comfortable and I also love the look. Make sure you wear them prior and break them in a little, the worst thing that can happen on day one is to develop a blister. I have been there and done that! Never again!
Let me know what shoes you prefer to make sure you avoid a good walk spoiled.

#3. Bring a Phone Charger.
I always seem to run out of juice more quickly than normal at trade shows. I like to take a lot of photos and I am finding that each year I seem to take more and more video clips. I have a small mophie and it is perfect. You may just be a savior for a friend or business partner as they thirst for a little juice. They will become best friends for life.

#4. Have Catalogs Sent to your Home Office.
Even though printed catalogs are becoming a thing of the past you come upon vendors handing out catalogs for you to carry throughout the day. After about twelve you are going to wonder why your shoulder is killing you. Too much weight. Have the vendor scan your badge or give them your business card and have them send you a catalog. I may pick up two or three at the most each day for a little bed time reading.

#5. Walk Fast
What??? I have found that by walking at a brisk pace I allude the aggressive sale people that are handing you that free sample just to have you stop and spend time in their booth. If you walk slow, the good sales men and women will check out your badge and address you by name…now you are hooked.
Keeping a good pace allows me to scan and if something grabs my attention I can then make the decision to stop vs. having somebody else dictate my schedule.

I hope that there was one nugget that may help you have the most productive show yet. Please let me know any tips you have found helpful, I am sure my readers would appreciate it.

Have a blessed show!
Scott

The Day God Introduced Me to the King of Golf…Arnie

Wow, it is hard to believe that it has been 20 years that Arnold Palmer launched the Golf Channel.

Two years ago as this time I drove to the Mickey Mouse Mecca a.k.a. Orlando and arrived Sunday battling the flu bug the whole way down. I woke up Monday morning in the fetal position not knowing if I could even get out of bed. By noon, I was feeling a bit better and wanted to do ONE thing to be productive. I decided to drive out to Bay Hill Golf Club to buy a few items for our IHG Celebrity Invitational golf tournament. I said a quick prayer of..”and Lord, if there is any way you could introduce me to Arnie, I would greatly appreciate it.

Well, as I was heading to the Pro Shop counter to buy a few BH flags and hats, a gentleman walked in to announce that Mr. Palmer was heading to the first tee. What??? Are you kidding me? I grabbed one of the flags and went walking out the door…ok, I sprinted out the door and sure enough, there was the king of golf sitting in his golf cart getting ready to tee it up. I don’t recall everything that I blurted out of my mouth but I was able to share the IHG Celebrity Inv event with him and ask for his autograph and of course a picture. Mr. Palmer was most accommodating and then he was off to the 1st tee. I went back into the Pro Shop to pay for the stolen items and must admit that I was kind of numb from this amazing experience.  As I walked back to the IHG rig I asked the Lord what just happened.

This is what I heard in my heart of hearts…”My son, I answered your prayer by introducing you to the king of Golf, but remember, I AM the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, I can do ALL things.” Yowsa! Oh, how I need to be careful not to worship any man as that can only be one and his name is Jesus.

I may just have to slide over to Bay Hill Golf Club again this year and see what the Lord may unfold.

Mr. Palmer

The Day God Introduced Me to Zach Johnson…AND Tim Tebow

On June 7, 2011 I found myself driving the #IHGGolf Rig from Nashville to Memphis toward the FedEx St. Jude Classic  that was being hosted at TPC at Southwind.   There can only be one author of this story that I am about to share with you and that author is God.scott&zachcaddy

I was about to embark upon an experience that can only come from the hand of God as He opened the door to caddy for now my good friend Zach Johnson , and if that wasn’t enough of an amazing experience the Lord was also going to team us up with Tim Tebow and his good friend Coach Urban Meyer.  Are you sitting down?  Strap in and hang on for the ride as you join me on this amazing journey.

Are You a Spectator or a Player in this Game Called Life?

Spectators and Players

There are basically two types of people who show up at golf tournaments: spectators and players. Spectators stay outside the ropes, follow players around, critique every shot, talk theoretically about how golf should be played, and repeat comments they’ve heard about swing planes, wedge play, and players with “the yips.”

Players, on the other hand, are inside the ropes. They walk to the first tee and stare down the alley of people lining the tee box to find a place to land their ball. They fight feeling pressured to consistently hit good shots or to recover from poor ones. They experience the thrill of knowing they played their best and the agony of coming up short. They put themselves in front of everyone, knowing that no matter what they do, someone will criticize them. They play the game because they love the challenges it presents and the sweet taste of success that comes from a hard-fought victory.

So, how would you characterize your life—spectator or player? Either way, I’m glad you’re here.

My ultimate goal is to encourage you to be the best life player—not spectator—you can be. The Christian life isn’t lived outside the ropes. A lot of people try, however. They say and do Christian things, but their Christianity tends to stay in the theoretical realm. They may know a lot about Christianity, but they don’t truly know Christ. Be set free from the tyranny of the facade of a Christian life. Grab your clubs, duck under the ropes, and let’s play this game called life. There is more than enough room for all who will.

Players press hard toward the goal of knowing—truly knowing—Christ. They step to the tee boxes of life and take their best shots, knowing things don’t always turn out as planned, but realizing that because they are in Christ, even life’s bunkers work for their good. Players know life isn’t easy; it is filled with victory, disappointment, joy, hurt, acceptance, rejection, friendships, betrayal, and so on. But players also know that if they’ve hung in there, they’ll putt out and hear the Father say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

I leave you with this short video clip of Doug Hawken, the President of PING,  a man that is a true player in this game called life.

In His Grip Golf Vision

I want to thank you for all of your requests to know more about In His Grip Golf.  I have put together a short 4 minute video to give you a look into the future direction of where we believe the Lord is leading us.  You can check it out here:

Feel free to leave your comment and I look forward to see you on the fairways of life.

What to Give a Seven Year Old Boy for Christmas?

Many of you have been following our story of adopting Micah this year who turned seven on November 26, 2014.  My heart still gets deeply moved as I watch this video of first meeting him back in August of 2013.

It has been an amazing journey to look at life through our sons eyes as everything and I mean everything is so new to him with so many first time experiences.  As we embark upon the Christmas Season, my thoughts and ideas have run wild of what to give him for Christmas.

I can now see and feel the burden of parents’ decisions of how much to spend and how much is too much?  The tug of the world’s promotion of Christmas is so strong to buy this and that.  Yes, Micah needs a new bike, new shoes and with the growth spurt he is on a few more sets up clothes are truly a need.

This past couple of days I actually stopped and asked the Lord, (what a concept to ask the God who made him) what should this first Christmas look like for Micah and what presents would make it very special for him.  The answer came at church service this past Sunday and it was one of those burning bush experiences where the Lord spoke deep into my hearts of hearts…”give your precious son, my son,  Jesus.”

Of course, the best way for my home to keep Christ in Christmas is to make and keep Jesus the central theme to the season.  As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

We are now coming up on nine months of having Micah home, here is a little highlight of our amazing journey:

Thank you for praying along side of Leslie, Micah and I.  2014 was one blessed year.

2014 In His Grip Golf Year End Report

We pray blessings on you and your family as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. Thank you for all your prayers and support over the last year.

Our mission continues… to Reach 2 Million Men for Christ.

We believe it is a God-given vision, we know that with God all things are possible. God has given us some exciting new initiatives to pursue and with your financial partnership we will boldly go after the mission, encouraged because we see men’s lives weekly transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We want to give a summary of 2014 and where we are heading into 2015 and beyond.

 

IHG FOUNDING MEMBERS

The biggest question we get is “How do I get involved and support the IHG Mission?”

We now have the answer:

 Join us in the mission of In His Grip Golf by becoming a IHG Founding Member. A Founding Member is an individual that becomes an IHG ambassador to share and support the mission.

 

Founding members will join the front line of reaching men for Christ by IHG equipping members with gear, discipleship resources and events to reach others in your community.

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We need an army of men reaching others, hosting small groups on the golf course to make an impact in this world.

 

In 2014, we launched the IHG Founding Members Program with an amazing 30 members joining the mission. Our goal is to have 100 IHG Founding Members by 2017, which are men committed to investing a minimum of $1,000 annually to fuel the IHG mission.

 EVENTS-A FATHER’S DAY MOVEMENT

Since 2006, we have seen over 15,000 men play in our In His Grip Invitational events with over 600 men making decisions to follow Christ as their personal Savior.

We praise God for the work he is doing at these events and all the hard work of our dedicated church partners.

 

This past year we hosted an IHG Invitational in Tennessee with a dad bringing his three sons. Two of the sons had a personal relationship and one of the sons had been running away from God. The dad came up to me after the event with tears streaming down his cheeks as his prodigal son had made the comment to him, “Dad, we need to do this more often.”

In 2016 we will launch a national movement of IHG Golf Invitational tournaments focused on Father’s Day Weekend. These events will Honor the Father….on Fathers Day Weekend.

 

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THE POWER OF GOD’S WORD THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

Everyday we are reminded of the power of God’s word through social media that enables us to reach thousands instantaneously. It is so true that God’s word never returns void. Daily devotional messages and blog articles to the 40,000 IHG followers give responses such as this……

“Scott, I look with great anticipation of what bible verse you are going to share each morning. Thank you for your inspiration.” Josh

With God’s provision, we were able to produce twenty-one IHG “Back Nine” episodes (2 minute lessons on golf & life) on IHG Web TV this last year with the top 3 videos receiving 5,400 views. The combination of helping men improve their game and find purpose in their lives through Christ will continue in 2015 by producing more episodes.

We appreciate your prayers and your continued financial support and ask that you would consider investing in IHG this coming year through a year-end tax-deductible donation. You can donate by clicking the button here:

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May we all “Play with Passion and Live with Purpose”.

 

In His Grip,

Scott Lehman

President, In His Grip Golf

 

P.S. To give a donation by check, please make check payable to: In His Grip Ministries and send to:

In His Grip Ministries

P.O. Box 2056

Spring Hill, TN  37174

 

Famous Golf Quote:

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Just as in life, the most important thing you can do is; take the next step, make the next phone call, leave the office early today and let your wife and kids know how much you love them.  What is one thing you could do today that will make a difference on your eternal scorecard?

Son: “Daddy, Time to Play”…Daddy: “No, Not Today Buddy”

This past Saturday was this daddy’s first soccer practice for our six year old son.  To say the least I was beyond pumped and I thought that our son Micah would be too.  As we got ready, Micah appeared to be a little quiet and when we got settled in the truck, he said, “Daddy, I’m scared.”

We adopted Micah this past March and with any new situations such as starting school or attending a soccer practice where he doesn’t know anyone a natural fear arises.  As we arrived at the soccer practice field the fear became stronger and stronger.  A phrase I have been using with him is’ “just take the next step.”

Well, Micah took the next step that landed us on our butts as we watched the 9 kiddos work through their drills and connect with Coach Steve.  Toward the last third of the practice, coach had the boys engage in a scrimmage and Micah perked up and said, “Daddy, time to play.”  I looked into the eyes of my son to say, “no, not today buddy.  Your teammates have been working extremely hard on their drills and they now have earned the privilege of playing.”

What?  Did I really say that?  I had no plans to share that direct message, it just came out.  Well, the team took one more break and then the coach said, “ok, for the last few minutes let’s play the boys against the dads.” Micah looked up into his daddy’s eyes and not a word was said but we both knew that is would be game on next saturday at soccer practice.

I am sure you can tell that I am new at this daddy thing and would welcome any and all of your advice.  I will be sure to let you know how this saturday’s practice unfolds.  Here are a few photos of Micah in our back yard preparing…

Micah practicing soccer