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Golf Quotes

Golf Quotes by Stephen Lau

Alcott, Amy

“Golf is a spiritual game. It’s like Zen; you have to let your mind take over.”


“A ball on the match is a good thing. It is a tangible result of victory, a punishment to the loser, a reward to the winner.”

“Golf is an easy game . . . It’s just hard to play.”

“In my opinion, a man should never make excuses for himself at golf. It is like disrespectful to Providence.”

Armour, Tommy

“There’s just no way to make the hole look bigger.”

Azinger, Paul

“Staying in the present is the key to any golfer’s game. Once you start thinking about a shot you just messed up or what you have to do on the next nine to catch somebody, you’re lost.”

Barnes, Jim, British Open Winner, 1925

“You can’t always be playing well when it counts. You’ll never win golf tournaments until you learn to score well when you’re playing badly.”

Bolt, Tommy

“Never break your putter and your driver in the same round or you’re dead.”

Bousfield, Ken

“I was driving like an idiot and putting like an angel.”

Brown, Eric

“The thing that looks easiest in golf are usually the hardest – take putting for example.”

Browning, Robert

“There are three ways of learning golf: by study, which is the most wearisome; by imitation, which is the most fallacious; and by experience, which is the most bitter.

Carr, Joe

“Stroke play is a better test of golf, but match play is a better test of character.”

Casper, Billy

“Golf puts a man’s character on the anvil and his richest qualities – patience, poise, restraint – to the flame.”

Cavendish, Peter

“There is no reason in the nature of things, why golf should not be begun as soon as one can walk, and continued as long as one can walk.”

Churchill, Winston

“Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.”

Cotton, Henry, about British Open Champion, Harry Vardon

“He would not play any course twice in the same day. Why not? Because he was so accurate, that in his second round, his shots finished in the divot holes he had made in the morning, and that took the fun out of the game.”

“I wouldn’t advise any professional golfer to marry before the age of thirty. Marriage means a division of interests, and golf, particularly tournament golf, demands all your time.”

“People are always telling me I should do one thing or another. I should change my grip or shorten my swing. I should practice more and golf around less. . . .Frankly, I don’t know why they worry. It’s my life – and I don’t worry.”

Dalconen, A.J.

“Golf is a game which brings out the peculiarities and idiosyncrasies of human nature. It permits no compromises, recognizes no weaknesses and punishes the foolhardy.”

“To play golf is the search for perfection.”

Daly, Arnold

“Golf is like a love affair. If you don’t take it seriously, it’s not fun; if you do take it seriously, it breaks your heart.”

Demaret, Jimmy

“Golf is based on honesty. Where else would someone admit to a seven on an easy par three?

Dixon, H. MacNeile

“Clothes may not make the man, but they certainly make the golfer, and no well-established player would come to the links improperly dressed, any more than he would sit down at a public dinner without having assumed the black coat of formality.”

“Golf architects, knowing full well the simple weaknesses of all players, have with diabolical cunning inserted, as it were, these mantraps just where they can be sure to ensnare the greatest number of victims.”

“In time the beginners will come to realize that as in War so is Golf, to be successful a careful study of strategy and tactics is essential. Before issuing or taking up a challenge for big stakes the player should most thoroughly investigate the characteristics and make-up of his opposite number. This involves the examination of his psychology, physiognomy and physical powers. Once satisfied in regard to these details, he may work out his plan of campaign.”

Dobereiner, Peter, Golf writer

“Half of golf is fun; the other half is putting.”

“Water creates a neurosis in golfers. The very thought of this harmless fluid robs them of their normal powers of rational thought, turns their legs to jelly, and produces a palsy of the upper limbs.”

Dunn, John D.

“In the actual playing of the game, the golfer cannot keep a great amount of theory in mind and have any attention left to bestow upon the ball.”

Dye, Peter

“Golf is not a fair game, so why build a fair course?

Els, Ernie, South African Professional, US Open Winner

“On the golf course you can’t feel sorry for anybody. You have to try to win the golf tournament. You’re not beating the guy you’re playing against, you’re beating the course. And that’s probably life. I’ve got to live with it, and they’ve got to live with it.”

Faldo, Nick

“With golf you can never get it right. If you work hard on the range to get things right, then you are automatically neglecting other things.”

Fergusson, S. Mure

“Golf is eminently a game of relaxation of mind, if not of body.”

Fiori, Ed, US Tour Professional

“I wouldn’t care if I got beat by twenty shots. I’d still like to see how God does it.”

Floyd, Ray

“I always travel first class. That way I think first class and I’m more likely to play first class.”

Forgan, Robert, 1899

“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 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 the doubt the greatest game mankind has ever involved.”

“Golf is a test of temper, a trial of honor, a revealer of character. It affords a chance to play the man and act the gentleman.”

Fowler, W. Herbert

“The ideal gold course is one that will test all golfers equally according to their respective abilities, and at the same time give them an equal amount of pleasure.”

Garcia, Sergio

“Match play is so much more fun than stroke play.”

Gross, Milton

“Golf does strange things to other people too. It makes liars out of honest men, cheats out of altruists, cowards out of brave me, and fools out of everybody.”

“Reading a green is like reading the small type in a contract. If you don’t read it with painstaking care, you are likely to be in trouble.”

Hanks, Charles Stedman

“No other game requires such a variety of physical and mental adjustments, and no other game gives so complete a measure of the whole man.”

Harlow, Bob, golf promoter

“Expert golf playing is an art, not a trade.”

Harris, Robert

“Golf requires only a few simple Rules and Regulations to guide the players in the true nature of its sporting appeal. The spirit of the game is its own referee.”

“The ball is undoubtedly the controlling factor in the game. Its evolution and development to the final state in which it is now used is a gradual process of invention and improvement until it has reached a position were it dominates golf too much and threatens to destroy the character of the game as a sport. The power of the ball unbalances the traditional method of play and makes the game a labor of long-distance walking.”

Haultain, Arnold

“In almost all other games you pit yourself against a moral foe; in golf, it is yourself against the world: no human being stays your progress as you drive your ball over the face of the globe.”

“In no other game must immense strength go hand in hand with extreme delicacy.”

Hogan, Ben

“Golf is not a game of good shot. It’s a game of bad shot.”

“If I miss one day’s practice I know it; if I miss two days the spectators know it, and if I miss three days the world knows it.”

“If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.”

“Reverse every natural instinct you have and do just the opposite of what you are inclined to do and you will probably come very close to having a perfect swing.”

Hope, Bob

“Golf is a funny game. It’s done much for health, and at the same time has ruined people by robbing them of their peace of mind. Look at me, I’m the healthiest idiot in the world.”

Hunt, Bernard

“Practice makes perfect is an old and very true saying. But to get the full benefit from practice you should try to work to a method or routine. It is often a waste of effort to go out on to the fairway with a huge bag of balls, take out your driver and slog away into the far distance until you are exhausted. Many times I have heard the complaint,’I’m worse after practice’, and that is why.

Hutchinson, Horace

“There is no game that strips the soul so naked.”

Jameson, Betty, former American LPGA star

“Golf is visual; it has texture, it has emotions, it has power.”

Jones, Bobby

“Golf may be. . . . . a sophisticated game. At least, it is usually played with the outward appearance of great dignity. It is, nevertheless, a game of considerable passion, either of the explosive type, or that which burns inwardly and sears the soul.”

“It is nothing new or original to say that golf is played one stroke at a time. But it took me many strokes to realize it.”

“The difference between a sand trap and water is the difference between a car crash and an airplane crash. You have a chance of recovering from a car crash.”

Keeler, O.B., American Sportswriter

“The terrible thing about a missed shot in golf is that the thing is done, irrevocably, irretrievably. Perhaps that is why golf is so great a game; it is so much like the game of life. We don’t have the shots over in either.”

Kingston, W.H.G.

“Few games show the character of a person more than does that of golf.”

Kirkaldy, Andrew, Scottish Professional

“Golf keeps the heart young and the eyes clear.”

Leitzke, Bruce

“My enthusiasm for the game has dwindled in that I’ve found something more interesting than golf – a wife.”

Leonard, Justin

“If you don’t enjoy pressure, you’re in the wrong place.” (about tournament golf)

Littler, Gene

“Golf is not a game of great shots. It’s a game of the most misses. The people who win make the smallest mistakes.”

Locke, Bobby, South African Professional

“When you get up in years, the fairways get longer and the holes get smaller.”

Longhurst, Henry

“You mustn’t blow your nose when your partner is addressing the ball.”

Love, Davis III

“The worst thing that can happen is for somebody to click a camera in a player’s backswing. The media photographers who are out here go to great pains not to violate that rule. But the fans carrying these little box cameras have become a real problem.”

“What’s the penalty for killing a photographer – one stroke or two?”

Low, John L.

“Nothing contributes more to the popularity of golf than its almost endless variety. No two courses are the same, even though they be similar in character; no two shots are alike, even though the same distance has to be accomplished.”

MacFarlane, Alexander

“The principal qualifications for the game are steady nerve and eye and good judgment and force with an added ability to avoid knolls and sandpits which, in the technical terms of the Scotch game, are called hazards.”

Mackenzie, Alister, a golf course designer

“A good golf course is like good music. It does not necessarily appeal the first time one plays it.”

Marr, Dave

“Your ego is everything. And if you don’t get that pumped up regularly you can’t last.”

McKenna, Mark

“The art of teaching is a difficult one to master or understand: the genius is seldom a good instructor; the best players, just because they have found the game easy to learn, find it hard to teach.”

Miller, Johnny

“I don’t think anywhere is there a symbiotic relationship between caddie and player like there is in golf.”

“Serenity is knowing that your worst shot is still going to be pretty good.”

Murphy, Tom

“Let’s face it, 95 percent of this game is mental. If a guy plays a lousy golf he doesn’t need a pro, he needs a shrink.”

Nelson, Byron

“The only thing you should force in a golf swing is the club back into the bag.”

Nicklaus, Jack

“If there is one thing I have learned during my years as a professional,it is that the only ting constant about golf is its inconstancy.”

O’Meara, Mark, 1998 Masters Champion

“How do I combat it? Just pray a little bit, I suppose. . . . .”

Osanai, Mamoru, Japanese professional

“On the course, I learn about myself, the sport, the other competitors, nature, discipline and mind control. It is an enlightening experience.”

Palmer, Arnold

“Putting is like wisdom. Partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience.”

“Thank God for the game of Golf.”

Penick, Harvey

“Good players have the power to think while they are competing. Most golfers are not thinking even when they believe they are. They are only worrying.”

Player, Gary

“Golf is a puzzle without an answer. I’ve played golf for forty years and I still haven’t the slightest idea how to play.”

“Anyone who criticizes a golf course is like a person invited to a house for dinner who, on leaving, tells the host that the food was lousy.”

“The more I practice, the luckier I get.”

Price, Charles

“All truly great golf courses have an almost supernatural finishing hole, by way of separating the chokes from the strokers.”

Rawls, Betsy

“Golf is a game in which perfection stays just out of reach.”

Rice, Grantland

“Golf is 20 percent mechanics and technique. The other 80 percent is philosophy, humor, tragedy, romance, melodrama, companionship, camaraderie, cussedness, and conversation.”

Roshi, Shunryu Suzuki, a great Zen master

“In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind, there are few.”

“The trouble with golf is you’re only as good as your last putt.”

Sanders, Doug

“A champion is not a champion because he wins, but because of how he conducts himself.”

Shakespeare, William

“Near or far off, well won is still well shot.” King John

“What sport shall we devise here in this garden/To drive away the heavy thought of care?” Richard II

Simpson, Walter

“Golf is not one of those occupations in which you soon learn your level. There is neither shape nor size of body, no awkwardness, nor ungainliness, which puts good golf beyond one’s reach.”

Smith, Garden C.

“The angry golfer has been known to relieve his pent-up feelings y hurling his club far from him after the failure of his stroke. This is an extremely dangerous habit, as, in his anger, the golfer is frequently careless of the direction in which his club flies, and his partner will do well to keep an eye on his movements.

Snead, Sam

“Golf course architects make me sick. They can’t play themselves, so they rig the courses so nobody can play either.”

Speed, John Gilmer, The Ladies Journal, 1894

“The rules are simple and easily understood by anyone who has once seen the game, but to the totally uninitiated they appear to be hopelessly unintelligible

“The walking a golfer does is purposeful, and never tiresome.”

Stevenson II, Adlai, US politician

“Some of us worship in churches, some in synagogues, some on golf courses.”

Sutton, Hal

“If you don’t get goose bumps when you walk into this place you don’t have a pulse.”

Tait, Freddie

“A golf course exists primarily for match play, which is a sport, as distinguished from stroke play, which more resembles rifle shooting tnan a sport in that it lacks the joy of personal contact with an opponent

Toski, Bob

“Golf is a non-violent game, played violently from within.”

Vardon, Harry

“Most of the bad golf that is played is attributable to either a wrong method of holding the club or moving the head.”

Venturi, Ken

“After you get the basics down, it’s all mental.”

Waters Bob, Today’s Golfers, 1990

“Niclaus is a competitor, his thirst for battle, his desire to succeed is equaled only by his instinct to do it all with grace.”

Watson, Tom

“I hate to lose at anything, even at checkers, chess, pool – you name it. I feel if you ease up in a game it breeds a quitting attitude.”

“My golf swing is a bit like ironing a shirt. You get one side smoothed out, turn it over, and there is a big wrinkle on the other side. Then you iron that one out, turn it over and there is yet another wrinkle.”

“There is no surer or more painful way to learn a rule than to be penalized once for breaking it.”

Wellwood, Lord

“The game is not as easy as it seems. In the first place, the terrible inertia of the ball must be overcome.”

White, Jack

“The follow through is not a cause, but an effect. It does not make you hill the ball correctly – it is merely the finest possible proof that you have hit the ball correctly.”

Wilson, Earl

“Golf is a lot of walking, broken by disappointment and bad arithmetic.

Wind, Herbert Warren

“(golf) it furnishes its devotees with an intense, many sided, and abiding pleasure unlike that which any other form of recreation affords. . . . .Perhaps it is nothing more than the best game man has ever devised.”

Wodehouse, P.G.

“They were real golfers, for real golf is a thing of the spirit, not of mere mechanical excellence of stroke.”

Woods, Tiger

“My mother’s a Buddhist. In Buddhism, if you want to achieve enlightenment, you have to do it through meditation and self-improvement through the mind. That’s something she passed on to me: to be able to calm myself down and use my mind as my main asset.”

“People get aggressive and tend to crowd in and it can get pretty ugly out there. Adults are even knocking over kids to get an autograph.”