41 Sam Snead Quotes On Golf And Life

Born in 1912, Sam Snead was one of the greatest Golfer, in the history of Golf Game. He remained one of the top golfers for a phase of 40 years and hence is often referred to as an example of a passionate golfer. In his career, he won 82 PGA tours and in 1998, he was awarded the PGA tour lifetime achievement honor. He never won a US Open yet he remained there as a runner-up four times. In 1974, he has been included in the World Golf Hall of Fame. He also won Vardon Trophy four times and that is also a record of a lifetime. The great Golf-Star is famously known in the profession for his “Perfect Swing”. He died at the age of 89 in the year 1982. Here are the best Sam Snead Quotes on golf and life.

1. Just have a Coke or something and watch the boys go past. – Sam Snead

2. Grip the club as if you were holding a baby bird. – Sam Snead

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

4. Playing golf is like eating. It’s something which has to come naturally. – Sam Snead

5. The only place that’s holier than St. Andrews is Westminster Abbey. – Sam Snead

6. Make the basic shot-making decision early, clearly and firmly, and then ritualize all the necessary acts of preparation. – Sam Snead

7. I was a better player at 50 than I was at 30. – Sam Snead

8. When I swing at a golf ball right, my mind is blank and my body is loose as a goose. – Sam Snead

9. Nobody asked how you looked, just what you shot. – Sam Snead

10. You can’t go into a shop and buy a good game of golf. – Sam Snead

11. The fairways were so narrow you had to walk down them single file. – Sam Snead

12. I shot a wild elephant in Africa thirty yards from me, and it didn’t hit the ground until it was right at my feet. I wasn’t a bit scared. But a four foot putt scares me to death. – Sam Snead

13. Over the years I’ve studied the habits of golfers. I know what to look for. Watch their eyes. Fear shows up when there is an enlargement of the pupils. Big pupils lead to big scores. – Sam Snead

14. You’ve just one problem. You stand too close to the ball after you’ve hit it. – Sam Snead

15. To win you must have talent and desire ­ but desire is first. – Sam Snead

16. I’d say that golf is about 75% mental. If your state of mind gets out of kilter, you’re worse off than a tomcat floating on a log. – Sam Snead

17. These greens are so fast I have to hold my putter over the ball and hit it with the shadow. – Sam Snead

18. The only reason I ever played in the first place was so I could afford to hunt and fish. – Sam Snead

19. Golf tip: Lay off for three weeks and then quit for good. – Sam Snead

20. Never let up. The more you can win by, the more doubts you put in the other players’ minds the next time out. – Sam Snead

21. When I ask you what club to use, look the other way and don’t answer. – Sam Snead

22. Thinking instead of acting is the number one golf disease. – Sam Snead

23. To be consistently effective, you must put a certain distance between yourself and what happens to you on the golf course. This is not indifference, it’s detachment. – Sam Snead

24. Correct one fault at a time. Concentrate on the one fault you want to overcome. – Sam Snead

25. Practice puts brains in your muscles. – Sam Snead

26. Those who go along get along. – Sam Snead

27. But you don’t have to go up in the stands and play your foul balls. I do. – Sam Snead

28. There is an old saying: if a man comes home with sand in his cuffs and cockleburs in his pants, don’t ask him what he shot. – Sam Snead

29. Golf got complicated when I had to wear shoes and begin thinking about what I was doing. – Sam Snead

30. I believe in destiny…what’s going to be is going to be. If I’m going to win, I’m going to win…I don’t give a damn what the other guy shoots. I’m going to win if it’s my turn. – Sam Snead

31. When you get scared, you get tense. – Sam Snead

32. In golf, as in life, you get out of it what you put into it. – Sam Snead

33. To quit between tee and green is more habit-forming than drinking a highball before breakfast. – Sam Snead

34. That little white ball is always staring back at you, daring you to make a mistake. – Sam Snead

35. If I could have shot 69 in the last round every time, I would have won nine U.S. Opens. Nine! – Sam Snead

36. If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they’d starve to death. – Sam Snead

37. Of all the hazards, fear is the worst. – Sam Snead

38. Most people who play golf have one big trouble: they think too much. To get any real mileage out of this game you’ve got to sit on your imagination. – Sam Snead

39. Forget your opponents; always play against par. – Sam Snead

40. I hope I’ll never get too old to want to take part in this event, and I don’t think I will ever age that much. – Sam Snead

41. Golf course architects make me sick. They can’t play themselves, so they rig the courses so nobody else can play either. – Sam Snead

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