There are always new places to go fishing. For any fisherman, there’s always a new place, always a new horizon.
People don’t want to go to the dump and have a picnic, they want to go out to a beautiful place and enjoy their day. And so I think our job is to try to take the environment, take what the good Lord has given us, and expand upon it or enhance it, without destroying it.
Golf is game of respect and sportsmanship; we have to respect its traditions and its rules.
I don’t believe in luck. Not in golf, anyway. There are good bounces and bad bounces, sure, but the ball is round and so is the hole. If you find yourself in a position where you hope for luck to pull you through, you’re in serious trouble.
How people keep correcting us when we are young! There is always some bad habit or other they tell us we ought to get over. Yet most bad habits are tools to help us through life.
Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.
Focus on remedies, not faults.
He had a lot of talent, but didn’t have much dedication, wasn’t organized, didn’t know how to learn, didn’t know how to comprehend what he was doing, didn’t try to learn how to get better.
Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation.
Well, the biggest rival I had in my career was me.
Golf is a better game played downhill.
Professional golf is the only sport where, if you win 20% of the time, you’re the best.
A perfectly straight shot with a big club is a fluke.
I played competitive golf all my life. Then all of a sudden, when I quit playing the game, I’ve got all this spare time and this energy. And certainly I wasn’t ready to pack up my bags and go sit in front of the television with a shawl on.
Success depends almost entirely on how effectively you learn to manage the game’s two ultimate adversaries: the course and yourself.
Concentration is a fine antidote to anxiety.
I think that Pebble Beach is my favorite golf course to go to. I think Augusta is my favorite place to go play golf.
My ability to concentrate and work toward that goal has been my greatest asset.
I’d rather be two strokes ahead going into the last day than two strokes behind. Having said that, it’s probably easier to win coming from behind. There is no fear in chasing. There is fear in being chased.
The fact is, I diet every day of my life. I have to work at it. But I diet so I can pig out.
I’m a firm believer that in the theory that people only do their best at things they truly enjoy. It is difficult to excel at something you don’t enjoy.
Sometimes the biggest problem is in your head. You’ve got to believe you can play a shot instead of wondering where your next bad shot is coming from.
He has the finest, fundamentally sound golf swing I’ve ever seen.
The biggest rival I had in my career was me. I couldn’t control Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Tom Watson or Lee Trevino. The only person I could control was me.
Public appearances are a headache. I hold mine down to a minimum.
The game is meant to be fun.
All I ever wanted to do was play competitive golf against the best players in the world.
If I had one golf course, from a design standpoint, one that I really love, it would probably be Pinehurst. There’s a totally tree-lined golf course where trees are not a part of the strategy.
The way I pack is I look at how long I’ll be gone and I pack day for day. If I’m going on a three-day fishing trip, I plot each day. I put most of that in a little bag. If I’m going from there to work on golf courses for a few days, I plot that trip.
I might cook occasionally, but I’m not a good cook. That’s not my passion.
There isn’t a flaw in his golf or his makeup. He will win more majors than Arnold Palmer and me combined. Somebody is going to dust my records. It might as well be Tiger, because he’s such a great kid.
A kid grows up a lot faster on the golf course. Golf teaches you how to behave.
If I have a weakness, it’s probably ice cream. That’s where I get lax, sloppy. I’ll sneak into the refrigerator at night and take two or three bites and put it back. Butter pecan. Only two or three bites, but it shows.
You have to trust your kids. They have to experience life, and you just hope you’ve provided them a foundation for what’s right and what isn’t.
I had polio when I was 13. I started feeling stiff, my joints ached, and over a two-week period I lost my coordination and 20 pounds.
When I fly in a helicopter, I insist there be two sets of controls, one for me in case something happens to the pilot. I’m no expert, but I know enough to at least get the thing on the ground. Nothing scares me like the thought of not being in control.