Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course
Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course... the space between your ears.
I get as much fun as the next man from whaling the ball as hard as I can and catching it squarely on the button. But from sad experience I learned not to try this in a round that meant anything.
Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots - but you have to play the ball where it lies.
The best exercise for golfers is golfing.
Golf is the only game I know of that actually becomes harder the longer you play it.
You swing your best when you have the fewest things to think about.
The secret of golf is to turn three shots into two.
Golf is assuredly a mystifying game. It would seem that if a person has hit a golf ball correctly a thousand times, he should be able to duplicate the performance at will. But such is certainly not the case.
No-one will ever have golf under his thumb. No round ever will be so good it could not have been better. Perhaps this is why golf is the greatest of games. You are not playing a human adversary; you a playing a game. You are playing old man par.
You might as well praise a man for not robbing a bank as to praise him for playing by the rules.
A leading difficulty with the average player is that he totally misunderstands what is meant by concentration. He may think he is concentrating hard when he is merely worrying.
Many shots are spoiled at the last instant by efforts to add a few more yards.
Rhythm and timing are the two things which we all must have, yet no one knows how to teach either.
It is nevertheless a game of considerable passion, either of the explosive type, or that which burns inwardly and sears the soul.
I never learned anything from a match that I won.
In order to win, you must play your best golf when you need it most, and play your sloppy stuff when you can afford it. I shall not attempt to explain how you achieve this happy timing.
Nobody ever wins the National Open. Somebody loses it.
Golf is recognized as one of the more difficult games to play or teach. One reason for this is that each person necessarily plays by feel, and a feel is almost impossible to describe.
I always like to see a person stand up to a golf ball as though he were perfectly at home in its presence.
The difference between a sand trap and water hazard is the difference between a car crash and an airplane crash. You have a chance of recovering from a car crash.
One reason golf is such an exasperating game is that a thing we learned is so easily forgotten, and we find ourselves struggling year after year with faults we had discovered and corrected time and again.
Nobody ever swung a club too slowly.
The moment the average golfer attempts to play from long grass or a bunker or from a difficult lie of any kind, he becomes a digger instead of a swinger.
No one ever swung too slowly.
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