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Golfing Quotes

"No golfer can ever become too good to practice."
May Hezlet

"Grip it and rip it. It works for John Daly. It never worked for me. All I did was wear out golf gloves."
Chuck Stark, The Sun Link, June 17, 2003

"That's when you know you're weird."
John Ellis, UO Golfer (commenting in the Eugene Register Guard, 3/24/03, that he enjoyed golf so much, he even requested Golf Digest for bedtime stories when he was 3 years old).

"If I had cleared the trees and drove the green, it would've been a great shot."
Sam Snead

"Practice puts brains in your muscles."
Sam Snead

"Golf without Jones would be like France without Paris -- leaderless, lightless and lonely."
Herbert Warren Wind, about Bobby Jones

"To be truthful, I think golfers are overpaid. It's unreal, and I have trouble dealing with the guilt sometime."
Colin Montgomerie

"If Horatio Alger Jr. were alive today, he would love to write the tale of Jose Coceres, from Argentina rags to golf riches. The 38-year-old 140-pounder just won his second PGA Tour event, raising his 2001 take to $1.49 mil. Not bad for a poor ragged kid who learned to swing with a tree limb and subsequently helped raise 10 impoverished siblings."
Blackie Sherrod, Sports Columnist for the Dallas Morning News, Scattershooting while wondering whatever happened to Artie Shaw, October 28, 2001

"Nobody ever looked up and saw a good shot."
Don Herold, Love That Golf

"Golf is no longer a game of hitting the ball, finding it, and hitting it again. There is wind to be measured, whether that means tossing blades of grass in the air or studying the gentle movement of 60-foot high branches. There are caddie conferences for even the most routine shots. There are sports psychologists who tell players not to hit until they're ready."
Doug Ferguson, Associated Press writer on the miserable state of pace of play in the PGA, "Even USGA admits it can't get golfers in gear" (Source: San Francisco Examiner)

"By the time you get to your ball, if you don't know what to do with it, try another sport."
Julius Boros, a U.S. Open and PGA champion

Kathryn Schaefer Plaum

"Golf is very much like a love affair, if you don't take it seriously, it's no fun, if you do, it breaks your heart. Don't break your heart, but flirt with the possibility."
Louise Suggs

"Golf is a natural fit for us. It satisfies the spirit. You're out in the grass and the trees. You're out there with nature. You're not really competing with each other, you're competing against the golf course. I think it fits well with Native American society. Not all Native Americans get a chance to play, but I'm hoping that will change."
Derek Burshiem, four-time winner of the Oglala Nation Open

"We're so far into the long-hitting, super-equipment future, they're elongating even Augusta National, the Masters' home, an act of madness Price bemoans at age 44. Just sprinkle in some hungry fairway bunkers, he rightly contends. Don't make golf the equivalent of tennis-with-serves-only, warns the three-major-winner. He opens this PGA with 71, then bristles in his congenial way about Atlanta Athletic Club's villainous 490-yard, par-4 No. 18."
Chuck Culpepper, Oregonian sports columnist, paraphrasing golfer, Nick Price, in "Still ripping but without the gripping," The Oregonian, 8/17/01.

"The university is about providing knowledge to anybody that requires it, and we now live in a world where leisure time is a great deal more important than it used to be....There would be a heck of a lot of unemployed people if you took away the leisure industry."
Sandy Jones, British Professional Golfers Association chief executive, commenting on the University of Birmingham's new accredited degree program in golf.

"Rhythm is best expressed in any swing directed at a cigar stump or a dandelion head."
Grantland Rice

"Swinging at daisies is like playing electric guitar with a tennis racket: if it were that easy, we could all be Jerry Garcia. The ball changes everything."
Michael Bamberger

"The number eighteen is symbolically meaningful because it is the numerical equivalent of the Hebrew word chai, which means life."
From To the Linksland by Michael Bamberger

"I'm working as hard as I can to get my life and my cash to run out at the same time. If I can just die after lunch Tuesday, everything would be perfect."
Doug Sanders, former professional golfer

"I play in the low 80's. If it's any hotter than that, I won't play."
Joe E. Louis

"When you don't play very often, you just don't know what is coming next."
Peter Thomson, playing at the millennium British Open for the four-hole Past Champions Challenge.

"Just have a Coke or something and watch the boys go past."
Sam Snead's advice to the gallery during the four-hole Past Champions Challenge Summer of 2000.

Q: "What abandoned course is that?"
A: "That, sir, is no abandoned course, that is where we play the Open championship."
Sam Snead's conversation with a fellow passenger
upon arriving by train at St. Andrews in 1946.

"I miss. I miss. I miss. I make."
Seve Ballestero describing his four-putt at Augusta's No. 16 in 1988.

"Papa, trust your swing."
Note written by ten year old Qass Singh pinned to Vijay Singh's golf bag during the 2000 US Masters (which Singh won).

"Golf is a game to teach you about the messages from within, about the subtle voices of the body-mind. And once you understand them you can more clearly see your 'hamartia,' the ways in which your approach to the game reflects your entire life. Nowhere does a man go so naked."
Michael Murphy (author of Golf in the Kingdom)

"Hit 'em hard. They'll land somewhere."
Stewart Maiden

"The trouble that most of us find with the modern matched sets of clubs is that they don't really seem to know any more about the game than the old one's did!"
Robert Browning, A History of Golf

"Swing hard in case you hit it."
Dan Marino

It took me seventeen years to get 3,000 hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.
Hank Aaron

"Have you ever noticed what golf spells backwards?"
Al Boliska

"My favorite shots are the practice swing and the conceded putt. The rest can never be mastered."
Lord Robertson

"It is nothing new or original to say that golf is played one stroke at a time. But it took me many years to realize it."
Bobby Jones

"A rough should have high grass. When you go bowling they don't give you anything for landing in the gutter, do they?"
Lee Trevino

"Where do I begin to try to explain the joys of Machrihanish? It was remote and undiscovered and that implies a great deal immediately...but what else?...It was a course that brought out the best in my game, a course sublime in its natural beauty, a course that moved Old Tom Morris to say (according to Peter Kelly), 'The Almichty maun hae had gowf in his e'e when he made the place.'"
Michael Bamberger, To the Linksland

"When The Haig died in 1969, Junior called me from Detroit to tell me there would be no funeral. Instead, a bunch of his cronies were going to throw a party at the Detroit Athletic Club. They thought The Haig would prefer that. I didn't go. Like Hamlet, golf's sweet prince, I thought, deserved a grander exit than that. He was splendid. They should have carried him out on a shield."
Charles Price talking about Walter Hagen

"Then I thought, with the same clubhead speed, the ball’s going to go at least six times as far. There’s absolutely no drag, so if you do happen to spin it, it won’t slice or hook 'cause there’s no atmosphere to make it turn."
Alan Shepard talking about his moon shot to Ottawa Golf magazine

"Got more dirt than ball. Here we go again."
Alan Shepard, Apollo 14 Commander, Amateur-Golfer, preparing to take another swing during his famous moon walk in 1971.

"Here's a simple way to abolish golf's elitist and exclusionary image and make it a truly all-American sport: ditch that fifties-Republican-martini-drinker's green Brooks Brothers-style sport jacket and make the winner of the Masters slip on something in, say, black leather with plenty of metal studs."
Bruce McCall, "The Case Against Golf," from Esquire.

"I am the toughest golfer mentally."
Tiger Woods

"Golf is the cruelest game, because eventually it will drag you out in front of the whole school, take your lunch money and slap you around."
Rick Reilly in "Master Strokes," from Sports Illustrated.

"When it's breezy, hit it easy."
Davis Love, Jr.

"No game designed to be played with the aid of personal servants by right-handed men who can't even bring along their dogs can be entirely good for the soul."
Bruce McCall in "The Case Against Golf," from Esquire.

"—not even Barbra Streisand celebrates herself as tirelessly as golf celebrates itself..."
Bruce McCall in "The Case Against Golf," from Esquire.

"I look into their eyes, shake their hand, pat their back, and wish them luck, but I am thinking, 'I am going to bury you.'"
Seve Ballesteros

"I'm disappointed, but I'm not going to run around like Dennis Rodman and head-butt somebody."
Greg Norman on losing a six-stroke lead in the Masters.

"I screwed up. It's all on me. I know that. But losing this Masters is not the end of the world. I let this one get away, but I still have a pretty good life. I'll wake up tomorrow, still breathing, I hope. All these hiccups I have, they must be for a reason. All this is just a test. I just don't know what the test is yet."
Greg Norman on the 1996 Masters.

"When someone has a bad day like that on the golf course, you say, Greg, you look good, you look fantastic. I like your shoes, I like your pants, I like your...well, the hat's okay. I mean, you need to keep it light. Instead they say, Greg, what's next? Suicide? Alcoholism? Drugs?"
Bill Murray on the media's bludgeoning of Greg Norman after his 1996 Masters loss.

"You create your own luck by the way you play. There is no such luck as bad luck. Fate has nothing to do with success or failure, because that is a negative philosophy that indicts one's confidence, and I'll have no part of it."
Greg Norman

"I don't know if I'll ever do it again or not, but frankly I don't really care."
Jack Nicklaus on his sixth Masters.

"He can take his game to Europe, Africa, Asia or wherever he wants and the world will follow."
Earl Wood's comment about his son, Tiger, who contemplates quitting the PGA and surrendering his card.

"He doesn't have a wife, he doesn't even have a girlfriend, so the only people he has to call on is me."
Earl Woods commenting about Tiger after the Masters in 1997.

"Greed wounds more wallets than all the dice tables and horse tracks in America."
Dan Cook, San Antonio Express-News

"I've always tried to play golf with a golf club. I have a hard time driving with my rifle. I mean, 18 is really narrow ... I have no problem with the course, except for the tee shot on 18.''
Jack Nicklaus describing 443 yard number 18 at the 1997 Doral-Ryder Open, nicknamed Blue Monster.

"The hole from hell is back ... If you don't drive a golf ball at least 268 yards, you will need the U.S. Navy on your left and the French Foreign Legion on the right."
Edwin Pope, Miami Herald sports writer, describing number 18 at the 1997 Doral-Ryder Open.

"The worst advice in golf is, 'Keep your head down.'"
Patty Sheehan

"Don't let the bad shots get to you. Don't let yourself become angry. The true scramblers are thick-skinned. And they always beat the whiners."
Paul Runyan, "Golf Digest"

"You're looking up. That's your problem.'' Graffiti on the underside of the roof of cart 47 at Sea Scape Golf Course, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

"Hitting a tree in west Texas is stranger than getting a hole in one."
Mancil Davis, self titled "King of Aces" of the National Hole in One Association

"When I play my best golf, I feel as if I'm in a fog, standing back watching the earth in orbit with a golf club in my hands."
Mickey Wright

"These greens are so fast I have to hold my putter over the ball and hit it with the shadow."
Sam Snead

"Here Eddie, hold the flag while I putt out."
Walter Hagen to the Prince of Wales

"Never break your putter and your driver in the same round or you're dead."
Tommy Bolt

"Is my friend in the bunker or is the bastard on the green?"

"Let's get after it."
Rose Montgomery's signature expression, after spitting on her gloves at the start of a round. On June 2, 1992, at the age of 96, Rose aced the 100-yard 7th hole at Canyon Country Club in Palm Springs for her tenth career hole in one.

"Through years of experience I have found that air offers less resistance than dirt."
Jack Nicklaus on why he tees his ball high.

"A hole in one is amazing when you think of the different universes this white mass of molecules has to pass through on its way to the hole."
Mac O'Grady

Tom Weiskopf's conversation with a couple of unimpressed Scots at the back of number 8 at Carnoustie after he hit a hole in one the week before the 1975 British Open.
"Didn't you see my ball go in?"
"Aye, laddie."
"And you didn't even clap?"
"Boot laddie, it didn't coont now, did it?"

"The swing is never learned. It's remembered."
Bagger Vance, The Legend of Bagger Vance: A Novel of Golf and the Game of Life, by Steven Pressfield

"Don't be in such a hurry. That little white ball isn't going to run away from you."
Patty Berg

"To help your concentration, don't take too much time."
Pam Barnett

"There's an old saying,'It's a poor craftsman who blames his tools.' It's usually the player who misses those three-footers, not the putter."
Kathy Whitworth

"Indecision builds nervous tension and undermines any remaining confidence."
Sharron Moran

"Hit it hard. It will land somewhere."
Mark Calcavecchia

"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."
Sam Snead

"A hungry dog hunts best."
Lee Trevino

"You can talk to a fade but a hook won't listen."
Lee Trevino



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