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.
You've just one problem. You stand too close to the ball after you've hit it.
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?
If I could have shot 69 in the last round every time, I would have won nine U.S. Opens. Nine!
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.
'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.'
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.
In golf, as in life, you get out of it what you put into it.
Practice puts brains in your muscles.
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.
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.
Golf course architects make me sick. They can't play themselves, so they rig the courses so nobody else can play either.
Never let up. The more you can win by, the more doubts you put in the other players' minds the next time out.
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 have more potential than you think.
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.
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.
Golf got complicated when I had to wear shoes and begin thinking about what I was doing.
Golf tip: Lay off for three weeks and then quit for good.
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