golfer can ever become too good to practice."
it and rip it. It works for John Daly. It never worked for me.
All I did was wear out golf gloves."
Chuck Stark, The Sun Link, June 17, 2003
when you know you're weird."
John Ellis, UO Golfer (commenting in the Eugene Register Guard,
3/24/03, that he enjoyed golf so much, he even requested Golf
Digest for bedtime stories when he was 3 years old).
I had cleared the trees and drove the green, it would've been
a great shot."
puts brains in your muscles."
without Jones would be like France without Paris -- leaderless,
lightless and lonely."
Herbert Warren Wind, about Bobby Jones
be truthful, I think golfers are overpaid. It's unreal, and I
have trouble dealing with the guilt sometime."
Horatio Alger Jr. were alive today, he would love to write the
tale of Jose Coceres, from Argentina rags to golf riches. The
38-year-old 140-pounder just won his second PGA Tour event, raising
his 2001 take to $1.49 mil. Not bad for a poor ragged kid who
learned to swing with a tree limb and subsequently helped raise
10 impoverished siblings."
Blackie Sherrod, Sports Columnist for the Dallas Morning News,
Scattershooting while wondering whatever happened to Artie
Shaw, October 28, 2001
ever looked up and saw a good shot."
Don Herold, Love That Golf
is no longer a game of hitting the ball, finding it, and hitting
it again. There is wind to be measured, whether that means tossing
blades of grass in the air or studying the gentle movement of
60-foot high branches. There are caddie conferences for even the
most routine shots. There are sports psychologists who tell players
not to hit until they're ready."
Doug Ferguson, Associated Press writer on the miserable state
of pace of play in the PGA, "Even USGA admits it can't get
golfers in gear" (Source: San Francisco Examiner)
the time you get to your ball, if you don't know what to do with
it, try another sport."
Julius Boros, a U.S. Open and PGA champion
Kathryn Schaefer Plaum
is very much like a love affair, if you don't take it seriously,
it's no fun, if you do, it breaks your heart. Don't break your
heart, but flirt with the possibility."
is a natural fit for us. It satisfies the spirit. You're out in
the grass and the trees. You're out there with nature. You're
not really competing with each other, you're competing against
the golf course. I think it fits well with Native American society.
Not all Native Americans get a chance to play, but I'm hoping
that will change."
Derek Burshiem, four-time winner of the Oglala Nation Open
so far into the long-hitting, super-equipment future, they're
elongating even Augusta National, the Masters' home, an act of
madness Price bemoans at age 44. Just sprinkle in some hungry
fairway bunkers, he rightly contends. Don't make golf the equivalent
of tennis-with-serves-only, warns the three-major-winner. He opens
this PGA with 71, then bristles in his congenial way about Atlanta
Athletic Club's villainous 490-yard, par-4 No. 18."
Chuck Culpepper, Oregonian sports columnist, paraphrasing golfer,
Nick Price, in "Still ripping but without the gripping,"
The Oregonian, 8/17/01.
university is about providing knowledge to anybody that requires
it, and we now live in a world where leisure time is a great deal
more important than it used to be....There would be a heck of
a lot of unemployed people if you took away the leisure industry."
Sandy Jones, British Professional Golfers Association chief executive,
commenting on the University of Birmingham's new accredited degree
program in golf.
is best expressed in any swing directed at a cigar stump or a
at daisies is like playing electric guitar with a tennis racket:
if it were that easy, we could all be Jerry Garcia. The ball changes
number eighteen is symbolically meaningful because it is the numerical
equivalent of the Hebrew word chai, which means life."
From To the Linksland by Michael Bamberger
working as hard as I can to get my life and my cash to run out
at the same time. If I can just die after lunch Tuesday, everything
would be perfect."
Doug Sanders, former professional golfer
in the low 80's. If it's any hotter than that, I won't play."
Joe E. Louis
you don't play very often, you just don't know what is coming
Peter Thomson, playing at the millennium British Open for the
four-hole Past Champions Challenge.
have a Coke or something and watch the boys go past."
Sam Snead's advice to the gallery during the four-hole Past Champions
Challenge Summer of 2000.
"What abandoned course is that?"
A: "That, sir, is no abandoned course, that is where we play the
Sam Snead's conversation with a fellow passenger
upon arriving by train at St. Andrews in 1946.
miss. I miss. I miss. I make."
Seve Ballestero describing his four-putt at Augusta's No. 16 in
trust your swing."
Note written by ten year old Qass Singh pinned to Vijay Singh's
golf bag during the 2000 US Masters (which Singh won).
is a game to teach you about the messages from within, about the
subtle voices of the body-mind. And once you understand them you
can more clearly see your 'hamartia,' the ways in which your approach
to the game reflects your entire life. Nowhere does a man go so
Michael Murphy (author of Golf in the Kingdom)
'em hard. They'll land somewhere."
"The trouble that
most of us find with the modern matched sets of clubs is that
they don't really seem to know any more about the game than the
old one's did!"
Robert Browning, A History of Golf
"Swing hard in
case you hit it."
took me seventeen years to get 3,000 hits in baseball. I did it
in one afternoon on the golf course.
"Have you ever
noticed what golf spells backwards?"
shots are the practice swing and the conceded putt. The rest can
never be mastered."
"It is nothing
new or original to say that golf is played one stroke at a time.
But it took me many years to realize it."
"A rough should
have high grass. When you go bowling they don't give you anything
for landing in the gutter, do they?"
"Where do I begin
to try to explain the joys of Machrihanish? It was remote and
undiscovered and that implies a great deal immediately...but what
else?...It was a course that brought out the best in my game,
a course sublime in its natural beauty, a course that moved Old
Tom Morris to say (according to Peter Kelly), 'The Almichty maun
hae had gowf in his e'e when he made the place.'"
Michael Bamberger, To the Linksland
"When The Haig
died in 1969, Junior called me from Detroit to tell me there would
be no funeral. Instead, a bunch of his cronies were going to throw
a party at the Detroit Athletic Club. They thought The Haig would
prefer that. I didn't go. Like Hamlet, golf's sweet prince, I
thought, deserved a grander exit than that. He was splendid. They
should have carried him out on a shield."
Charles Price talking about Walter Hagen
"Then I thought,
with the same clubhead speed, the balls going to go at least
six times as far. Theres absolutely no drag, so if you do
happen to spin it, it wont slice or hook 'cause theres
no atmosphere to make it turn."
Alan Shepard talking about his moon shot to Ottawa Golf magazine
"Got more dirt
than ball. Here we go again."
Shepard, Apollo 14 Commander, Amateur-Golfer, preparing to
take another swing during his famous moon walk in 1971.
a simple way to abolish golf's elitist and exclusionary image
and make it a truly all-American sport: ditch that fifties-Republican-martini-drinker's
green Brooks Brothers-style sport jacket and make the winner
of the Masters slip on something in, say, black leather with
plenty of metal studs."
McCall, "The Case Against Golf," from Esquire.
am the toughest golfer mentally."
is the cruelest game, because eventually it will drag you out in
front of the whole school, take your lunch money and slap you around."
Rick Reilly in "Master Strokes," from Sports Illustrated.
it's breezy, hit it easy."
Davis Love, Jr.
game designed to be played with the aid of personal servants by
right-handed men who can't even bring along their dogs can be entirely
good for the soul."
McCall in "The Case Against Golf," from Esquire.
even Barbra Streisand celebrates herself as tirelessly as golf celebrates
Bruce McCall in "The Case Against Golf," from Esquire.
look into their eyes, shake their hand, pat their back, and wish
them luck, but I am thinking, 'I am going to bury you.'"
disappointed, but I'm not going to run around like Dennis Rodman
and head-butt somebody."
Greg Norman on losing a six-stroke lead in the Masters.
screwed up. It's all on me. I know that. But losing this Masters
is not the end of the world. I let this one get away, but I still
have a pretty good life. I'll wake up tomorrow, still breathing,
I hope. All these hiccups I have, they must be for a reason. All
this is just a test. I just don't know what the test is yet."
Greg Norman on the 1996 Masters.
someone has a bad day like that on the golf course, you say, Greg,
you look good, you look fantastic. I like your shoes, I like your
pants, I like your...well, the hat's okay. I mean, you need to keep
it light. Instead they say, Greg, what's next? Suicide? Alcoholism?
Bill Murray on the media's bludgeoning of Greg Norman after his
1996 Masters loss.
create your own luck by the way you play. There is no such luck
as bad luck. Fate has nothing to do with success or failure, because
that is a negative philosophy that indicts one's confidence, and
I'll have no part of it."
don't know if I'll ever do it again or not, but frankly I don't
Jack Nicklaus on his sixth Masters.
take his game to Europe, Africa, Asia or wherever he wants and the
world will follow."
Earl Wood's comment about his son, Tiger, who contemplates quitting
the PGA and surrendering his card.
doesn't have a wife, he doesn't even have a girlfriend, so the only
people he has to call on is me."
Earl Woods commenting about Tiger after the Masters in 1997.
wounds more wallets than all the dice tables and horse tracks in
Dan Cook, San Antonio Express-News
always tried to play golf with a golf club. I have a hard time driving
with my rifle. I mean, 18 is really narrow ... I have no problem
with the course, except for the tee shot on 18.''
Jack Nicklaus describing 443 yard number 18 at the 1997 Doral-Ryder
Open, nicknamed Blue Monster.
from hell is back ... If you don't drive a golf ball at least 268
yards, you will need the U.S. Navy on your left and the French Foreign
Legion on the right."
Edwin Pope, Miami Herald sports writer, describing number 18 at
the 1997 Doral-Ryder Open.
worst advice in golf is, 'Keep your head down.'"
let the bad shots get to you. Don't let yourself become angry. The
true scramblers are thick-skinned. And they always beat the whiners."
Paul Runyan, "Golf Digest"
looking up. That's your problem.'' Graffiti on the underside of
the roof of cart 47 at Sea Scape Golf Course, Kitty Hawk, North
a tree in west Texas is stranger than getting a hole in one."
Mancil Davis, self titled "King of Aces" of the National
Hole in One Association
I play my best golf, I feel as if I'm in a fog, standing back watching
the earth in orbit with a golf club in my hands."
greens are so fast I have to hold my putter over the ball and hit
it with the shadow."
Eddie, hold the flag while I putt out."
Walter Hagen to the Prince of Wales
break your putter and your driver in the same round or you're dead."
my friend in the bunker or is the bastard on the green?"
get after it."
Rose Montgomery's signature expression, after spitting on her gloves
at the start of a round. On June 2, 1992, at the age of 96, Rose
aced the 100-yard 7th hole at Canyon Country Club in Palm Springs
for her tenth career hole in one.
years of experience I have found that air offers less resistance
Jack Nicklaus on why he tees his ball high.
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
conversation with a couple of unimpressed Scots at the back of number
8 at Carnoustie after he hit a hole in one the week before the 1975
"Didn't you see my ball go in?"
"And you didn't even clap?"
"Boot laddie, it didn't coont now, did it?"
swing is never learned. It's remembered."
Bagger Vance, The Legend of Bagger Vance: A Novel of Golf and
the Game of Life, by Steven Pressfield
be in such a hurry. That little white ball isn't going to run away
help your concentration, don't take too much time."
an old saying,'It's a poor craftsman who
blames his tools.' It's usually the player who misses those three-footers,
not the putter."
builds nervous tension and undermines any remaining confidence."
it hard. It will land somewhere."
matter what happens - never give up a hole....In tossing in your
cards after a bad beginning you also undermine your whole game,
because to quit between tee and green is more habit-forming than
drinking a highball before breakfast."
hungry dog hunts best."
can talk to a fade but a hook won't listen."