Great Golf Quotes

BillyZ2BillyZ2 Posts: 5,248
edited Feb 2, 2014 in The 19th Hole #1
If there's one sport that gets into the minds of it's participants, it's got to be golf. Golf lives so much in the deep recesses of one's mind that psychological advice runs rampant. From this, many great golf quotes are born. What are some of your favorites?




"Golf is like a love affair. If you don't take it seriously, it's no fun; if you do take it seriously, it breaks your heart."

~Arthur Daley









  • GolfingfanaticGolfingfanatic Members Posts: 3,023 ✭✭
    "If you're 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

    "Forget the last shot. It takes so long to accept that you can't always replicate your swing. The only thing you can control is your attitude toward the next shot." - Mark McCumber
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  • butch33611butch33611 Members Posts: 1,835 ✭✭
    a 1000 bucks you slice it in the woods. Rodney Dangerfield.
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  • teehildenteehilden Members Posts: 265 ✭✭
    Golf is a game played on a 5 inch course, the distance between your ears. - Bobby Jones
  • martinbnsmartinbns Members Posts: 1,979 ✭✭
    "When it's breezy, swing easy"

    Sam Snead I think although I have heard Tom Watson say the same thing.
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  • sharkiesjsharkiesj Members Posts: 2,972 ✭✭
    Just because you're choking, doesn't mean you can't win.

    Easier said than done but it does awake the inner fight in us all when we feel the wheels starting to get wobbly.
  • MedicMedic Members Posts: 9,417 ✭✭
    "The most important shot in golf is the next one."

    - Ben Hogan

    "The older you get the stronger the wind gets and it's always in your face."

    - Jack Nicklaus
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  • HairpieHairpie Members Posts: 2,070
    "Golf is a good walk spoiled" Mark Twain
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  • BrianL99BrianL99 Banned Posts: 5,116 ClubWRX
    edited Feb 2, 2014 #9
    Claudia Trevino: Get back out there and play, those clubs don't know how old you are.

    Lee Trevino: Who cares how I take it back, you don't hit a golfball with your backswing.

    Eddie Lowery (in the movie): easy peasy, lemon squeezy. (From a British TV Ad)

    Carl Spackler: Cinderalla story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now about to become the Masters champion.

    Carl Spackler: So I jump ship in Hong Kong and make my way over to Tibet. and I get on as a looper at a course in the Himalayas.

    & the most famous golf quote in history, by Roberto DeVincenzo: What a stupid I am.
  • DpavsDpavs OverWRX'ed Members Posts: 3,321 ✭✭
    edited Feb 2, 2014 #10
    "Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose."- Winston Churchill

    "I know I am getting better at golf because I'm hitting fewer spectators." - Gerald Ford

    "Golf is an awkward set of bodily contortions designed to produce a graceful result."- Tommy Armour

    "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

    "They call it golf because all the other four letter words were taken." - Raymond Floyd
  • BillyZ2BillyZ2 Posts: 5,248
    If you wish to hide your character, do not play golf. ~Percey Boomer
  • "On a recent survey, 80 percent of golfers admitted cheating. The other 20 percent lied."

    "I read the greens in Spanish, but I putt in English."
  • BMCBMC Members Posts: 3,525 ✭✭
    Mrs. Tiger Woods when asked how many time she hit Tiger's SUV with the 9-iron....

    "uhhh...put me down for a 5.
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  • Sean2Sean2 #TheWRX (Callaway Trip) Members Posts: 30,826 ✭✭
    "If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they'd starve to death."

    Sam Snead
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  • KLeCKLeC KLeC Posts: 412
    "I miss, I miss, I miss, I make."

    Seve Ballesteros
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  • LanglandsLanglands ScotlandMembers Posts: 1,934 ✭✭
    Take dead aim - Harvey Penick
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  • backteesbacktees Posts: 866
    Golf is the most exciting leisure activity with clothes on - unknown
  • Forged4everForged4ever To See A Man’s True Character, Play Golf With Him The Burgh/Hdcp: My gene poolClubWRX Posts: 15,605 ClubWRX
    edited Jan 3, 2018 #18
    As my Grandmother taught me the game, and her teacher was a protege of Mr. Penick's, I heard a lot of his beliefs, thoughts & axioms on both the golf swing and life back in the 60’s/70's-

    A lot went in one ear and out the other because, as a typical 7-12yo, I wasn't big on swing or life thoughts, lol

    My only thought was hit it and chase it-

    For me to pick just one quote is impossible, so I'll be adding a few, though this is one of my 3 faves from Mr. Penick, probably because it was far and away the one most repeated to me by my Grandmother, lol:

    "Practicing your short game will help your long game in every way, though practicing your long will not help your short game in any way."

    It rings as true today as it did in 1970, when I'd always grab for my driver on the practice tee and my Grandmother would place her hand over it, pull my 9i out with her other, and more or less, say those words, LMAO

    It just took me a while to accept it image/wink.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' /> lol

    Excellent thread!!

    Have a Great season image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />

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    In the end, only three things matter~ <br /><br />How much that you loved...<br /><br />How mightily that you lived...<br /><br />How gracefully that you accepted both victory & defeat...<br /><br /><br /><br />GHIN: Beefeater 24
  • TxstcatmanTxstcatman Posts: 884 ✭✭
    "Golf is the hardest game in the world. There is no way you can ever get it. Just when you think you do, the game jumps up and puts you in your place." - Ben Crenshaw
  • oldpalchampoldpalchamp Members Posts: 1,204 ✭✭
    "I hate this game, and I can't wait until tomorrow to play it again!" -- Jeff Sluman
  • DonnierparkerDonnierparker Members Posts: 86
    the grass is always greener farther down the fairway
    The grass is always greener...
    farther down the fairway
  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Members Posts: 11,615 ✭✭
    Jack knew he was going to beat you. You knew Jack was going to beat you. And Jack knew that you knew that he was going to beat you." ... Weiskopf

    I never learned anything from a match that I won ... Bobby Jones

    A "gimme" can best be defined as an agreement between two golfers, neither of whom can putt very well .. unknown

    I have come to think that a person grows in his regard for the rules as he improves his game. The best players come to love golf so much they hate to see it violated in any way ... Extract from 'Golf in the Kingdom'

    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

    I play with friends, but we don't play friendly games ... Ben Hogan
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    "You don't know what pressure is until you've played for $5 a hole with only $2 in your pocket." - Lee Trevino
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  • skylargolfskylargolf Members Posts: 1,025 ✭✭
    Some of my favorites,

    "It's better than most" -Gary Koch on Tiger's putt at the players

    "Be the right club today" -Hal Sutton

    "Some body's closeerrrr" -Happy Gilmore
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  • Prof3ssorProf3ssor Hit it, find it, hit it again! Members Posts: 956 ✭✭
    [background=rgb(249, 249, 249)]Lee Trevino talking to an amateur who got angry over a bad shot in a Pro-Am. "Kid, you ain't good enough to get angry."[/background][background=rgb(249, 249, 249)] [/background]
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  • BillyZ2BillyZ2 Posts: 5,248
    “My dad gave me the best golf advice I ever received, which was to have fun. That’s the reason why, when I practice, I’m always having fun and enjoying it.” —Phil Mickelson
  • Apex93Apex93 Members Posts: 520 ✭✭
    "If you're gonna lay up, lay up."

    as in, lay WAY up, not as close as possible to the water hazard. I think I remember Lee Janzen saying it and it stuck with me as my favorite thought on course management.

    If we're going funny, Lee Trevino to his caddy Herman, discussing distances on the tee at the Skins Game - 17th hole at PGA West (Alcatraz, the par 3 with the island green):

    Herman: "152 yards, 153"

    Trevino: "Well... which one is it?"
  • eagle1997eagle1997 Members Posts: 18,048 ✭✭
    edited Feb 3, 2014 #28
    one of my favorites:

    'we are all victims of our best shots.' - greg norman

    no joke, understanding this really helped my course management.

    'nother one:

    'you get bad breaks from good shots, you get good breaks from bad shots - but you have to play the ball as it lies.' - bobby jones
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  • FLOGMRFLOGMR Members Posts: 1,265 ✭✭
    If you really want to be good at golf....go back and take it up at a younger age.

    Chalant putts and nonchalant putts all count the same.

    From a pro I played with years ago.
  • CommerceTigerCommerceTiger Members Posts: 2,157 ✭✭
    "3 miserable shots and one great shot still make par."- Walter Hagen
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  • MedicMedic Members Posts: 9,417 ✭✭
    eagle1997 wrote:

    one of my favorites:

    'we are all victims of our best shots.' - greg norman

    no joke, understanding this really helped my course management.

    'nother one:

    'you get bad breaks from good shots, you get good breaks from bad shots - but you have to play the ball as it lies.' - bobby jones

    Norman, IMHO, is one of the greatest players ever in the game. Not because of how he won but because of how he lost. With total class and dignity.
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