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I've always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn't have a chance to win.
[Golf]is deceptively simple, endlessly complicated. A child can play it well, and a grown man can never master it. Any single round of it is full of unexpected triumphs and perfect shots that end in disaster. It is almost a science, yet it is a puzzle without an answer. It is gratifying and tantalizing, precise and unpredictable. It requires complete concentration and total relaxation. It satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time, rewarding and maddening. And it is without doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.
Swing your swing. Not some idea of a swing. Not a swing you saw on TV. Not that swing you wish you had. No, swing your swing. Capable of greatness. Prized only by you. Perfect in it's imperfection. Swing your swing. I know, I did.
It's a funny thing, the more I practice the luckier I get.
Hit it hard, go find it and hit it hard again.
I would never felt good if I hadn't experienced losing, because losing is part of your life. And it something that if I could teach people to understand that I think it could help them a lot.
What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.
When you play by the rules, defy mental demons, overcome every challenge, and enjoy a walk in the country at the same time - that's being alive.
Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening - and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.
Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.
That's another thing about my father. He made me very conscious of the fact I wasn't very good and I had to prove to him that I was good. And that hung with me, and I always wanted to play golf with him and show him. He said Never, Never tell anyone how good you are. Show them!
The secret of concentration is the secret of self-discovery. You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources, and what it takes to match them to the challenge.
It is a rare and difficult attainment to grow old gracefully and happily.
If you can see it, you can hit it and if you can hit it, you can hole it.
I can sum it up like this: Thank God for the game of golf.
The whole secret to mastering the game of golf - and this applies to the beginner as well as the pro - is to cultivate a mental approach to the game that will enable you to shrug off the bad days, keep patient and know in your heart that sooner or later you will be back on top.
If you're stupid enough to whiff, you should be smart enough to forget it.
Golf is deceptively simple, endlessly complicated. A child can play it well and a grown man can never master it. It is almost a science, yet it is a puzzle with no answer.
Concentration, Confidence, Competitive urge, Capacity for enjoyment.
I've been wearing hearing aids for a long time. The technology available now is simply unbelievable. When I compare the new digital products to what we had 30 years ago, it's an amazing difference.... There was a time when I couldn't hear what most people said to me, most of the time. But with the hearing aids, I understand just about everything ... it really is very impressive.
What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive: the white ball sailing up into the sky, reaching its apex, falling and finally dropping to the turf, just the way I planned it.
The road to success is always under construction.
I talk to golfers, I talk to my grand kids about their game, and tell them to develop a system, Now, when they're young. And if they develop that system, it will be the crutch they need to be good. To know that system and make it work for you, know what it is and make it work.
Establish a system you have confidence in and rely on it when you get into tough situations.
Success in this game depends less on strength of body than strength of mind and character.
I look back, it taught me something - it taught me how to live, how to be a better guy, not let defeat be the end of my life.
Trouble is bad to get into but fun to get out of. If you're in trouble, eighty percent of the time there's a way out. If you can see the ball, you can probably hit it; and if you can hit it, you can move it; and if you can move it, you might be able to knock it in the hole. At least it's fun to try.
I never rooted against an opponent, but I never rooted for him either.
I was playing golf in Palm Springs and after a round I asked the waitress in a restaurant to bring me a glass of iced tea and lemonade. A lady sitting nearby heard me and asked the waitress to bring her a "Palmer," too. The name caught on and the beverage quickly spread around the country.
Your worst putt will usually be as good as your best chip.
I'm in love with golf, and I want everybody else to share my love affair.
Had I not become a professional golfer, I think I would have pursued some type of career in aviation.
Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.
I played high school golf, I played amateur golf and I started getting officers. I was playing pretty good, won amateur tournaments as a junior, and the whole thing.
Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.
I received many years of good advice from my father - how to live, how to play, how to be a gentleman.
I think the guys are more conscious of the fact that being in good physical condition under the conditions that they play will make them better players.
Putting is like wisdom - partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience.
My grandson Sam Saunders has been playing golf since he could hold a club and I spent a lot of time with him over the years. Like my father taught me, I showed him the fundamentals of the game and helped him make adjustments as he and his game matured over the years.
Even before you step up to the ball, have a full battle plan for the hole worked out.
Swing your swing. I know, I did.
I remember what a thrill it was to attend my first Champions Dinner. Just being in the same room with some of the guys I had admired growing up and to be there because I had won The Masters was quite an honor. I still attend the dinner every year and it is one of the highlights of my time at Augusta during Masters week.
I didn't get playing professional golf until I was 25 years old. And I always said that if I could make it work, I would play as long as I could walk.
I remember ones I lost [shot]. I remember the ones I won, but I remember the ones I lost, something that I will never forget. Did it ruin me or hurt my career? It taught me about life, how to take the bad with the good.
The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.
I never met a winner who had a work ethic. Not somebody who says I have so much talent that naturally I won.
The only really unplayable lie I can think of is when you're supposed to be playing golf and come home with lipstick on your collar.
Every day I play golf, that's my goal. To break 70 the other way. To shoot 70 or better.
There's some good news, too, and the good news is that the players [finally] have become more aware of the fact that we [in golf] need sponsors, and we need the good will that is created by the players being, let's say, cooperative with the sponsors - meaning friendly.
I have a tip that can take 5 strokes off anyone's golf game. It's called an eraser.
All the things that I have derived either directly or indirectly through the game of golf are things I owe a great deal to the game and to the people who support the game.
I try to deign golf courses that are individual in character and individual in their own standing.
One thing I've learned over time is, if you hit a golf ball into water, it won't float.
Golf never ceases to be a challenge, even when it really is just you and the ball out there and nobody else.
Sam Snead will fly anywhere in my plane with me. Sam's not as worried about the danger as he is about saving money.
I had a system, and the system worked.
The thing I probably love the most is driving out with the championship trophy under my arm.
I think I've heard somebody say that I was a well-dressed golfer. I guess that has something to do with the fact that a lot of people who play golf don't dress very well.
Here is a philosophy of boldness to take advantage of every tiny opening toward victory.
First time I met Jack [Nicholas ] I had heard about his golf and prowess - I was playing in the Ohio amateur.
Players need to remember they didn't make golf. Golf made them.
I always said that if I have the perfect club then I should play the perfect game.
When you get into competition and get under pressure, and get over that ball and are looking at it, and know you have to hit it, it is having that system to depend on to get that ball to where you want it to be.
I was national amateur champion. I was 24 years old. My father was there, and I couldn't wait to see him, and my mother. I went up and was waiting for all the accolades, and my mom was teary and happy and my dad looked at me and said, "Well, boy, you did good," and that was it.
There's no question that the galleries still like to see birdies and eagles. If you take them all away, it takes some of the dramatics, the excitement of a golf tournament and we [people] don't want to do that.