O’Keefe regularly plays golf on Sunday mornings with three Orthodox Jews. Every Sunday, they break par while he shoots 90. At the end of the season, he asks for their secret. It’s their religion, they tell him. They go to synagogue, study, pray, celebrate the festivals and Sabbath, then play golf on Sundays and have great rounds.
Desperate to play well, over the winter O’Keefe converts, joins a synagogue, prays, celebrates the festivals and Sabbath, and looks forward to spring.
Come spring, he meets his friends and they tee it up. Again, they break par and he shoots 90. Frustrated, he explains that he converted, prayed, worshipped, and studied, but his golf didn’t get any better.
One Orthodox Jew asks, “Which synagogue did you join?”
“Beth Shalom,” O’Keefe replies.
“Fool,” comes the reply. “That’s the synagogue for tennis.”