Famous Golf Quotes - Deeper Golf Knowledge Tightly Packaged

Players through all ages have made thought proviking golf quotes that can actually help you as a player. We display the quotes, interpret their meaning and suggest how you can use it in your game.

By the way, my name is Petter Tärbe and I have a history as a decent scratch player, a golf instructor for some years, but first and foremost I’m a huge golf development nerd that loves to pass on what I know. I write heavily researched articles for Snöleo Golf Academy.

Usable Famous Golf Quotes:

“Be decisive. A wrong decision is generally less disastrous than indecision."  - Bernhard Langer

Take away: Your shot making process should be crystal clear and even though you most of the time make the same decision, it needs to be done on every single shot. Here is an article about my personal mental routine.

“Keep your sense of humour. 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

Take away: Your attitude towards the game should be aligned with your personality.

“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

Take away: Again, your attitude can’t be too hard on yourself. Golf is a weird, amazing and encapsulating game. Allow it to run its tricky course. I wrote an article about it here.

“A leading difficulty with the average player is that he totally misunderstands what is meant by concentration. He may think he is concentrating hard when he is merely worrying.” - Bobby Jones

Take away: In my opinion this is maybe the most important quote out there. Don’t carry the weight of the world. Perform your shot making process to the best of your abilities. Then just accept all outcomes.

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

Take away: Dual purpose. One is that course management is a great asset for the ambitious player. It also speaks to the importance of keeping the grind on. The history means nothing in golf. The future means nothing. The present means everything. I wrote a guide called "How to break par in golf" and it contains loads about course management.

"If your new swing change doesn't feel weird, most likely, you are not doing it correctly" - loads of instructors

Take away: I disagree with this. Swing change should be natural. Obviously it will be a new sensation but if it is totally out there, you are likely acting against your natural swing. Read my in depth guide about swing change here.

"Golf is fluid. It's always changing. It's always evolving. First of all, you never master it" - Tiger Woods

Take away: No matter your golf swing the swing thoughts you use will "draw you out of your positions". If you for instance play a potent fade of the tee with a very clear body rotational swing thought; the more you perform this motion the more outside in you will become in your swing path. It will go to the point where you basically start hitting big slices. Solution? Always see the golf swing as an entity between two poles. If you fade too much, train you draw. If you draw too much, train your fade. This create equilibrium for you, or in other words - the antidote for recurring ball flight issues. Read up on the technique frameworks on this page to understand more.

Misc Awesome Quotes:

  • “Golf is a game whose aim is to get a very small ball into an even smaller hole with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.” - Sir Winston Churchill
  • “Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad.”  - A.A. Milne
  • “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
  • “Golf is a good walk spoiled” - Mark Twain
  • “Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.” - Arnold Palmer
  • “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

Wish to Read More? 

Snöleo Golf Academy Overview Page - Deeply researched articles about anything golf. Some examples below.

Early Extension in Golf? A Non-Band-Aid Solution

How the Transition in Golf Works? Different Swings, Different Transitions

Consistency in Golf? The Perception of Control

The Slingshot Golf Swing - The Modern Power Swing

The Hogan Golf Swing - Ben Hogan’s Foundation Explained

The Old School Swinger Golf Swing - Nicklaus then and Scheffler now

The MORAD 86 Golf Swing - Mac O’Grady’s Legendary Swing