One way to break up any kind of tension is good deep breathing.
Every great player has learned the two Cs: how to concentrate and how to maintain composure.
Out-of-control emotions can make smart people stupid.
The only thing you should force in a golf swing is the club back in the bag.
To control your nerves, you must have a positive thought in your mind.
Golf is a percentage game, and I play the percentages.
I played the British Open in 1937. It took a week to get there and a week to get home. I was the low American; finished fourth or fifth. And what it came down to was, I lost a good part of my summer, won $185, and spent $1,000 on boat fare alone.
No golfer ever gets so consistently good that he can't use some constructive advice. No matter how many trophies he may win, he can't analyze and remedy his own faults.
The first step in building a solid, dependable attitude is to be realistic, not only about your inherent capabilities, but also about how well you are playing to those capabilities on any given day.
The only shots you can be sure of are those you've had already.
Putting affects the nerves more than anything. I would actually get nauseated over three-footers.
Sam Snead did to the tee-shot what Roger Bannister did to the four-minute mile.
Golf is a lot like life. When you make a decision, stick with it.
Winners are different. They're a different breed of cat.
In my day we simply didn't believe that it was possible to play as well as these young fellows do. We thought that strength denied touch and that you could not consistently hit the ball both long and straight. It's been proven that you can.
Arnold Palmer has what I call an 'Eisenhower smile'. Those two men, they'd smile and their whole faces would look so pleasant; it was like they were smiling all over.
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