Forget your opponents; always play against par.
Of all the hazards, fear is the worst.
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.
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.
The only reason I ever played in the first place was so I could afford to hunt and fish.
There are no short hitters on the tour anymore - just long and unbelievably long.
You've just one problem. You stand too close to the ball after you've hit it.
If I could have shot 69 in the last round every time, I would have won nine U.S. Opens. Nine!
Practice puts brains in your muscles.
If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they'd starve to death.
What abandoned course is that?
Most people who play golf have one big trouble: they think too much. To get any real mileage out of this game you've got to sit on your imagination.
Never let up. The more you can win by, the more doubts you put in the other players' minds the next time out.
In golf, as in life, you get out of it what you put into it.
'You know Bobby, when I was your age I'd drive the ball right over those trees at the corner.' Feeling challenged Mr. Cole hit a big driver right into those big trees. Snead then said 'Of course, when I was your age, those trees were only 10 feet high.'
Keep close count of your nickels and dimes, stay away from whiskey, and never concede a putt.
Make the basic shot-making decision early, clearly and firmly, and then ritualize all the necessary acts of preparation.
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.
Golf got complicated when I had to wear shoes and begin thinking about what I was doing.
But you don't have to go up in the stands and play your foul balls. I do.
Golf course architects make me sick. They can't play themselves, so they rig the courses so nobody else can play either.
You have more potential than you think.
The mark of a great player is in his ability to come back. The great champions have all come back from defeat.
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.
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