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 toughest opponent of all is Old Man Par. He's a patient soul who never shoots a birdie and never incurs a bogey. And if you would travel the long road with him, you must be patient, too.
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.
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.
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.
If ever I needed an eight foot putt, and everything I owned depended on it, I would want Arnold Palmer to putt for me.
You might as well praise a man for not robbing a bank as to praise him for playing by the rules.
I never learned anything from a match that I won.
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.
The main idea in golf as in life, I suppose is to learn to accept what cannot be altered and to keep on doing one's own reasoned and resolute best whether the prospect be bleak or rosy.
Many shots are spoiled at the last instant by efforts to add a few more yards.
I will tell you privately it's not going to get better, it's going to get worse all the time, but don't fret. Remember, we play the ball where it lies, and now let's not talk about this, ever again.
Rhythm and timing are the two things which we all must have, yet no one knows how to teach either.
In golf, the customs and etiquette and decorum are as important as the rules of play.
There isn't a hole out there [Augusta] that can't be birdied if you just think. But there isn't one that can't be double-bogeyed if you stop thinking.
It is nevertheless a game of considerable passion, either of the explosive type, or that which burns inwardly and sears the soul.
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.
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.
Nobody ever wins the National Open. Somebody loses it.
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