The only reason I ever played golf in the first place was so I could afford to hunt and fish.
When I ask you what club to use, look the other way and don't answer.
If I had cleared the trees and drove the green, it would've been a great shot.
Make the basic shot-making decision early, clearly and firmly, and then ritualize all the necessary acts of preparation.
You have more potential than you think.
Golf course architects make me sick. They can't play themselves, so they rig the courses so nobody else can play either.
What abandoned course is that?
Keep close count of your nickels and dimes, stay away from whiskey, and never concede a putt.
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.
In golf, as in life, you get out of it what you put into it.
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.
These greens are so fast I have to hold my putter over the ball and hit it with the shadow.
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?
Thinking instead of acting is the number one golf disease.
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.
Don't just play your way around the course. Think your way around way around the course.
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.
Practice puts brains in your muscles.
Golf tip: Lay off for three weeks and then quit for good.
Never let up. The more you can win by, the more doubts you put in the other players' minds the next time out.
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.
If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they'd starve to death.
You've just one problem. You stand too close to the ball after you've hit it.
Of all the hazards, fear is the worst.
Forget your opponents; always play against par.
Of the mental hazards, being scared is the worst. When you get scared, you get tense.
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.
But you don't have to go up in the stands and play your foul balls. I do.
The only reason I ever played in the first place was so I could afford to hunt and fish.
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.
Just have a Coke or something and watch the boys go past.
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.
Playing golf is like eating. It's something which has to come naturally.
If I could have shot 69 in the last round every time, I would have won nine U.S. Opens. Nine!
The only place that's holier than St. Andrews is Westminster Abbey.
The only thing I fear on a golf course is lightning...and Ben Hogan.
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.
Practice your swing until it becomes a habit of mind and muscle.
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.
Good golfing temperament falls between taking it with a grin or shrug and throwing a fit.