sam snead Quotes

The only reason I ever played golf in the first place was so I could afford to hunt and fish.
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— Sam Snead
When I ask you what club to use, look the other way and don't answer.
— Sam Snead
If I had cleared the trees and drove the green, it would've been a great shot.
— Sam Snead
Make the basic shot-making decision early, clearly and firmly, and then ritualize all the necessary acts of preparation.
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— Sam Snead
You have more potential than you think.
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— Sam Snead
Golf course architects make me sick. They can't play themselves, so they rig the courses so nobody else can play either.
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— Sam Snead
What abandoned course is that?
— Sam Snead
Keep close count of your nickels and dimes, stay away from whiskey, and never concede a putt.
— Sam Snead
There is an old saying: if a man comes home with sand in his cuffs and cockleburs in his pants, don't ask him what he shot.
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— Sam Snead
In golf, as in life, you get out of it what you put into it.
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— Sam Snead
What did I want with prestige? The British Open paid the winner $600 in American money. A man would have to be two hundred years old at that rate to retire from golf.
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— Sam Snead
These greens are so fast I have to hold my putter over the ball and hit it with the shadow.
— Sam Snead
But, no, I don't feel my career has not been fulfilled because I didn't win the US Open. It's like the guy said: You going to crucify a man because he missed a putt to win a tournament? Does a three-foot putt mean his whole life? Another guy said, well, he couldn't win the big one. Well, Jesus, what do you call those others? What's big and what's small?
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— Sam Snead
Thinking instead of acting is the number one golf disease.
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— Sam Snead
No matter what happens - never give up a hole....In tossing in your cards after a bad beginning you also undermine your whole game, because to quit between tee and green is more habit-forming than drinking a highball before breakfast.
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— Sam Snead
Don't just play your way around the course. Think your way around way around the course.
— Sam Snead
The fact that Slammin' Sammy couldn't win the Open made it all the more valuable for the players that did win. Gave it a special quality. I'd say a part of the sheen on that trophy comes from my sweat.
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— Sam Snead
Practice puts brains in your muscles.
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— Sam Snead
Golf tip: Lay off for three weeks and then quit for good.
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— Sam Snead
Never let up. The more you can win by, the more doubts you put in the other players' minds the next time out.
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— Sam Snead
I shot a wild elephant in Africa thirty yards from me, and it didn't hit the ground until it was right at my feet. I wasn't a bit scared. But a four foot putt scares me to death.
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— Sam Snead
If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they'd starve to death.
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You've just one problem. You stand too close to the ball after you've hit it.
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— Sam Snead
Of all the hazards, fear is the worst.
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— Sam Snead
Forget your opponents; always play against par.
— Sam Snead
Of the mental hazards, being scared is the worst. When you get scared, you get tense.
tags: mental
— Sam Snead
To be consistently effective, you must put a certain distance between yourself and what happens to you on the golf course. This is not indifference, it's detachment.
tags: golf
— Sam Snead
But you don't have to go up in the stands and play your foul balls. I do.
— Sam Snead
The only reason I ever played in the first place was so I could afford to hunt and fish.
— Sam Snead
First and fore-most, you must have confidence. Your second mental problem is concentration. Think the shot through in advance before you address the ball. Draw a mental image of where you want it to go and then eliminate everything else from your mind, except how you are going to get the ball into that preferred spot.
tags: mental problem mind confidence
— Sam Snead
Just have a Coke or something and watch the boys go past.
tags: past boys
— Sam Snead
A bad putter is like a bad apple in a barrel. First, it turns your chipping game sour. Then it begins to eat into your irons and finally it just cleans the head off your driver.
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— Sam Snead
Playing golf is like eating. It's something which has to come naturally.
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— Sam Snead
If I could have shot 69 in the last round every time, I would have won nine U.S. Opens. Nine!
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— Sam Snead
The only place that's holier than St. Andrews is Westminster Abbey.
— Sam Snead
The only thing I fear on a golf course is lightning...and Ben Hogan.
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— Sam Snead
Over the years I've studied the habits of golfers. I know what to look for. Watch their eyes. Fear shows up when there is an enlargement of the pupils. Big pupils lead to big scores.
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— Sam Snead
Practice your swing until it becomes a habit of mind and muscle.
tags: mind
— Sam Snead
I've gotten rid of the yips four times but they hang in there. You know those two-foot downhill putts with a break? I'd rather see a rattlesnake.
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— Sam Snead
Good golfing temperament falls between taking it with a grin or shrug and throwing a fit.
— Sam Snead