65 Best Golf Quotes for Inspiration and Motivation

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Top 65 Famous Golf Quotes of All Time

Golf is a game that is special and unique in that there is always something to learn. Not just in the game, but that can be applied to life, relationships and one’s mindset.

Here is a list that I have compiled over the years of my some of my favorite golf quotes.

I hope you can use them for your game and as inspiration. Enjoy!

Great Golf Quotes

1. “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

2. “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.” — Jack Nicklaus

Golf Quotes by Jack Nicklaus

3. “A great shot is when you pull it off. A smart shot is when you don’t have the guts to try it.” — Phil Mickelson

4. “A shot that goes in the cup is pure luck, but a shot to within two feet of the flag is skill.” — Ben Hogan

5. “For true success, it matters what our goals are. And it matters how we go about attaining them. The means are as important as the ends. How we get there is as important as where we go.” — Old Tim Morris

6. “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

7. “Golf 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.” — Louise Suggs

8. “Trust is one of the most important qualities in the game of golf. With trust, it feels like you and your golf club are partners dancing as one. Without trust, it feels like you and your golf club are on opposite sides of a tug-of-war.” — Dr. Joseph Parent

9. “Like chess, golf is a game that is forever challenging but can never be conquered.” — Harvey Penick

10. “If you win through bad sportsmanship, that’s no real victory.” — Babe Didrikson Zaharias

11. “I have always had a drive that pushed me to try for perfection, and golf is a game that perfection stays just out of reach.” — Betsy Rawls

12. “I smile at obstacles.” — Tiger Woods

Golf Quotes by Tiger Woods

Quotes About Golf

13. “There are no absolutes in golf. Golf is such an individual game, and no two people swing alike.” — Kathy Whitworth

14. “Keep your sense of humor. There’s enough stress in the rest of your life not to let bad shots ruin a game you’re supposed to enjoy.” — Amy Alcott

15. “Golf puts a man’s character on the anvil and his richest qualities—patience, poise, restraint—to the flame.” — Billy Casper

16. “Golf tips are like Aspirin: One may do you good, but if you swallow the whole bottle you’ll be lucky to survive.” — Harvey Penick

17. “Golf is a lot like life. It will test your patience. It will dazzle and baffle you with highs and lows, successes and frustrations.” — Amy Alcott

Inspirational Golf Quotes

18. “The formula for success is simple: practice and concentration, then more practice and more concentration.” — Babe Didrikson Zaharias

19. “There’s no sense in going to a tournament if you don’t believe that you can win it.” — Tiger Woods 

20. “Fear comes in two packages – fear of failure, and sometimes, fear of success.” — Tom Kite

21. “I have been able to hope for the best, expect the worst, and take what comes along. If there has been one fundamental reason for my success, this is it.” — Gene Sarazen

Golf Quotes About Life

22. “Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots, good breaks from bad shots – but you have to play where it lies.” — Bobby Jones

23. “If everything was given to you, it wouldn’t feel as good when you achieve it.” — Annika Sorenstam

24. “As you walk down the fairway of life, you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” — Ben Hogan

25. “How you handle failure determines how successful you will be.” — Muffet McGraw

26. “Of all the hazards, fear is the worst.” — Sam Snead

27. “My three keys to success: One, work hard. Two, be your own person. And three, have a passion for what you’re doing.” — Juli Inkster

28. “Always keep learning. It keeps you young.” — Patty Berg

29. “In your approach to golf, no one can tell you what to do. Just as in life, you are presented with options; it’s up to you to decide which ones suit you best.” — Sandra Haynie

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

31. “The harder you practice, the luckier you get.” — Gary Player

32. “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 again and make yourself into something. — Peter Jacobson

33. “In golf as in life, it is the follow through that makes the difference.” — Anonymous

Funny Golf Quotes

34. “I give the ball some sweet talk. I tell it that this isn’t going to hurt a bit. I’m a friend and all I’m going to do is give it a nice little ride.” — Sam Snead

35. “Golf’s three ugliest words: Still your shot.” — Dave Marr

36. “I always said you have to be really smart or really dumb to play this game well. I just don’t know where I fit in.” — Beth Daniel

37. “Happiness is a long walk with a putter” — Greg Norman

38. “Golf is a puzzle without an answer. I’ve played the game for 50 years and I still haven’t the slightest idea of how to play.” — Gary Player

39. “Golf is an awkward set of bodily contortions designed to produce a graceful result.” — Tommy Armour

Great Golf Quotes

40. “They call it golf because all the other four letter words were taken.” — Ray Floyd

41. “The worst club in my bag is my brain.” — Chris Perry

42. “It’s not just enough to swing at the ball. You’ve got to loosen your girdle and really let the ball have it.” — Babe Didrikson Zaharias

43. “I never prayed that I would make a putt. I prayed that I would react well if I missed.” — Chi Chi Rodriguez

Quotes for Golfers and Mindset

44. “Success depends almost entirely on how effectively you learn to manage the game’s two ultimate adversaries: the course and yourself.” — Jack Nicklaus

45. “First and foremost, you must have confidence. Your second mental problem is concentration. Think the shot through in advance before you address the ball. Draw a mental image of where you want it to go and then eliminate everything else from your mind, except how you are going to get the ball into that preferred spot.” — Sam Snead

46. “If you worry about the ones you missed, you are going to keep missing them.” — Walter Hagen

47. “A bad attitude is worse than a bad swing.” — Payne Stewart

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

Inspirational Golf Quotes for Golfers

49. “You can talk about strategy all you want, but what really matters is resiliency.” — Hale Irwin

50. “The greatest single lesson to be learned from golf is mental discipline.” — Louise Suggs

51. “Success depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.” — Arnold Palmer

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

Golf Quotes To Help Your Game

53. “Days when you just don’t have it, you don’t pack it in, you give it everything you’ve got. You grind it out.” — Tiger Woods

54. “Correct one fault at a time. Concentrate on the one fault you want to overcome.” — Sam Snead

55. “The most important shot in golf is the next one.” — Ben Hogan

56. “But there is a difference between playing well and hitting the ball well. Hitting the ball well is about thirty percent of it. The rest is being comfortable with the different situations on the course.” — Mickey Wright

57. “Grip the club as if you were holding a baby bird.” — Sam Snead

58. “There is no such thing as a natural touch. Touch is something you create by hitting millions of golf balls. — Lee Trevino

59. “Figure out your weakness and don’t make it your weakness anymore.” — Stacy Lewis

60. “Instead of worrying about making a fool of yourself in front of a crowd of 4 or 40,000, forget about how your swing may look and concentrate instead on where you want the ball to go. Pretty is as pretty does.” — Harvey Penick

Golf Quotes About Competition

61. “I never learned anything from a match that I won.” — Bobby Jones

62. “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

63. “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

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

65. The mark of a great player is in his ability to come back. The great champions have all come back from defeat.” — Sam Snead

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