100 Golf Quotes

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100 Best Golf Quotes

1. “Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.” – Arnold Palmer

2. “I’m addicted. I’m addicted to golf.” – Tiger Woods

3. “A good golfer has the determination to win and the patience to wait for the breaks.” – Gary Player

4. “Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.” – Arnold Palmer

5. “One of the most fascinating things about golf is how it reflects the cycle of life. No matter what you shoot – the next day you have to go back to the first tee and begin all over again and make yourself into something.” – Peter Jacobsen

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6. “This is a game of misses. The guy who misses the best is going to win.” – Ben Hogan

7. “Golf is not, on the whole, a game for realists. By its exactitudes of measurements it invites the attention of perfectionists.” – Heywood Hale Broun

8. “Golf is 90% mental. Once you know how to hold the club, swing it, it’s all in the mind.” – Dan Jenkins

9. “The mind messes up more shots than the body.” – Tommy Bolt

10. “Golf is a science, the study of a lifetime, in which you can exhaust yourself but never your subject.” – David Forgan

11. “Golf is about how well you accept, respond to, and score with your misses much more so than it is a game of your perfect shots.” – Dr. Bob Rotella

12. “The mental aspect of golf is what makes golf such a great sport.” – Johnny Miller

13. “Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.” – Arnold Palmer

14. “You don’t know what pressure is until you play for five bucks with only two bucks in your pocket.” – Lee Trevino

15. “Golf is not a game of good shots. It’s a game of bad shots.” – Ben Hogan

16. “Golf is game of respect and sportsmanship; we have to respect its traditions and its rules.” – Jack Nicklaus

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17. “A golfer has to train his swing on the practice tee, then trust it on the course.” – Dr. Bob Rotella

18. “I never rooted against an opponent, but I never rooted for him either.” – Arnold Palmer

19. “Hit the shot you know you can hit, not the one you think you should.” – Dr. Bob Rotella

20. “Golf is a compromise between what your ego wants you to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do.” – Bruce Crampton

21. “For this game you need, above all things, to be in a tranquil frame of mind.” – Harry Vardon

22. “Golf has made me and shaped me into the person I am here today.” – Tiger Woods

23. “Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose.” – Woodrow Wilson

24. “Forget your opponents; always play against par.” – Sam Snead

25. “Achievements on the golf course are not what matters, decency and honesty are what matter.” – Tiger Woods

26. “A good player who is a great putter is a match for any golfer. A great hitter who cannot putt is a match for no one.” – Ben Sayers

27. “If you worry about making bogeys, it makes the game that much more difficult. You put more pressure on yourself without even noticing it. It makes a difference to take it easy when things aren’t going right.” – Sergio Garcia

28. “Anybody who plays golf will tell you that you play against yourself.” – Martin Sheen

29. “Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course… the space between your ears.” – Bobby Jones

30. “Practice, work out, proper nutrition, lots of work on my short game. In golf, that’s really where the strokes come off the scorecard.” – Paula Creamer

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31. “If you are going to talk negative about a place, you’re almost throwing yourself out to begin with because golf is a mental game.” – Jordan Spieth

32. “You do what you need to if you’re serious about playing great golf.” – David Duval

33. “A perfectly straight shot with a big club is a fluke.” – Jack Nicklaus

34. “I just see myself as an athlete and a competitor, someone who just works really hard at trying to get better at golf.” – Zach Johnson

35. “The most important shot in golf is the next one.” – Ben Hogan

36. “Golf is a great example to me. Golf is a metaphor of life. I mean, every shot. You have this beautiful hole, this beautiful opportunity to get a good score.” – Nick Saban

37. “Golf is all about patience – one tournament is four days long, 18 holes a day.” – Lindsey Vonn

38. “Golf is the infallible test. The man who can go into a patch of rough alone, with the knowledge that only God is watching him, and play his ball where it lies, is the man who will serve you faithfully and well.” – P. G. Wodehouse

39. “Golf is a humbling sport.” – Peter Uihlein

40. “There is no such thing as natural touch. Touch is something you create by hitting millions of golf balls.” – Lee Trevino

41. “A hole in one is amazing when you think of the different universes this white mass of molecules has to pass through on its way to the hole.” – Mac O’Grady

42. “I’ve had the luxury of playing golf around the world, and I’ve spent a lot of time evaluating how to play all kinds of courses.” – Tiger Woods

43. “Golf was my vehicle to competition, and I can’t play if I can’t compete.” – Jack Nicklaus

44. “You don’t have the game you played last year or last week. You only have today’s game. It may be far from your best, but that’s all you’ve got. Harden your heart and make the best of it.” – Walter Hagen

45. “Golf and dating don’t mix.” – Larry David

46. “When you – when you play golf with somebody, you spend four hours or more walking with somebody, usually, you learn something about them that you didn’t know before.” – Tom Lehman

47. “Golf is a working man’s sport in Scotland.” – Brian Binnie

48. “Golf is my boyfriend right now.” – Karrie Webb

49. “Confidence in golf means being able to concentrate on the problem at hand with no outside interference.” – Tom Watson

50. “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.” – Bobby Jones

51. “Somehow, it is hard to dislike a man once you have played a round of golf with him.” – John Updike

52. “There’s so much more to life than golf. Family is always first.” – Ernie Els

53. “The world is full of people who would like nothing better than to spend six hours on a golf course. I would rather be chopping shallots.” – Ted Allen

54. “Golf without bunkers and hazards would be tame and monotonous. So would life.” – B. C. Forbes

55. “It’s such a psychological and mental game, golf, that the smallest wrong thing at the wrong time can distract you from what you’re trying to achieve.” – Lee Westwood

56. “Golf is evolving, every day, every shot.” – Tiger Woods

57. “Golf is a search for perfection, for balance. It’s about meditation and concentration. You have to use hand and brain.” – Celine Dion

58. “No other game combines the wonder of nature with the discipline of sport in such carefully planned ways. A great golf course both frees and challenges a golfer’s mind.” – Tom Watson

59. “To find a man’s true character, play golf with him.” – P. G. Wodehouse

60. “The object of golf is not just to win. It is to play like a gentleman, and win.” – Phil Mickelson

61. “Golf is a game with morals. There’s always an opportunity to be a scoundrel. That’s why it’s a gentleman’s game.” – Katt Williams

62. “Do your best, one shot at a time and then move on. Remember that golf is just a game.” – Nancy Lopez

63. “Feel is the most perplexing part of golf, and probably the most important.” – Arnold Palmer

64. “Professional golf is the only sport where, if you win 20% of the time, you’re the best.” – Jack Nicklaus

65. “There have been so many great moments in golf that you even forget some of them.” – Dan Jenkins

66. “Golf has always been a game where you have to control both ends of the club.” – Matt Kuchar

67. “The greatest thing about golf, there’s no end to it unless you’re dead. You just go from here to the Senior Tour.” – Fuzzy Zoeller

68. “If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron.” – Lee Trevino

69. “It’s nice to win. I’ll never win again. I may have to take up golf – take on Tiger.” – Lance Armstrong

70. “Find a good teacher that will keep the game fun. Work hard and don’t be afraid to have success or disappointment. That is what golf is all about.” – Paula Creamer

71. “Golf is like solitaire. When you cheat, you only cheat yourself.” – Tony Lema

72. “The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.” – Billy Graham

73. “You build a golf game like you build a wall, one brick at a time.” – Tony Lema

74. “It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.” – Mark Twain

75. “Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.” – Arnold Palmer

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76. “I love to play golf, and that’s my arena. And you can characterize it and describe it however you want, but I have a love and a passion for getting that ball in the hole and beating those guys.” – Tiger Woods

77. “If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf.” – Bob Hope

78. “Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness.” – William Wordsworth

79. “I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators.” – Gerald R. Ford

80. “Sudden success in golf is like the sudden acquisition of wealth. It is apt to unsettle and deteriorate the character.” – P. G. Wodehouse

81. “If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.” – Jack Lemmon

82. “Placing the ball in the right position for the next shot is eighty percent of winning golf.” – Ben Hogan

83. “Going to the golf course every day for work? That’s a good job.” – Dennis Quaid

84. “He who has the fastest golf cart never has a bad lie.” – Mickey Mantle

85. “There is no king of golf. Never has been, never will be. Golf is the most democratic game on Earth… It punishes and exalts us all with splendid equal opportunity.” – Arnold Palmer

86. “Golf is a good walk spoiled.” – Mark Twain

87. “I’m getting better and better each year that I’m playing golf on the world stage, and finishing runner-up only teaches you how to continue being patient – something that is key to our game.” – Jason Day

88. “I never learned anything from a match that I won.” – Bobby Jones

89. “Golf is a game in which you yell ‘fore,’ shoot six, and write down five.” – Paul Harvey

90. “A round of golf is the ideal antidote to stress.” – Bruce Forsyth

91. “Golf is social. It brings a lot of people together.” – Mia Hamm

92. “Show me a man who is a good loser and I’ll show you a man who is playing golf with his boss.” – James Patrick Murray

93. “I get to play golf for a living. What more can you ask for – getting paid for doing what you love. Tiger Woods

94. “Golf is fun – until you hit somebody in the head.” – Charles Barkley

95. “I think one reason people play golf is it allows them to obsess about something other than the daily crap. It takes your mind off that.” – Lewis Black

96. “Learn to write the same way you learn to play golf. You do it and keep doing it until you get it right.” – Tom Clancy

97. “The uglier a man’s legs are, the better he plays golf – it’s almost a law.” – H. G. Wells

98. “Golf is the greatest but most maddening sport there is.” – Darius Rucker

99. “Of all the hazards, fear is the worst.” – Sam Snead

100. “Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” – Arnold Palmer

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