Jack Nicklaus Quotes

  • 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 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.
  • Success depends almost entirely on how effectively you learn to manage the game's two ultimate adversaries: the course and yourself.
  • Did you know there's probably more golf played in Iceland than most places in the world? They play 24 hours a day in the summertime and the northern part is warmer than the southern part.
  • 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.
  • Writers have told me more than once that I'm a better interview in defeat than in victory, which is a compliment I am extremely proud of.
  • Don't be too proud to take lessons. I'm not.
  • I couldn't control Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Tom Watson or Lee Trevino. The only person I could control was me. The only person I could prepare for events was me. And if I didn't play well, I didn't play well, and I wasn't going to compete.
  • The best way to cope with trouble is to stay out of it as much as possible.
  • The longer you play, the better chance the better player has of winning.
  • Concentration is a fine antidote to anxiety.
  • Professional golf is the only sport where, if you win 20% of the time, you're the best.
  • 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.
  • Pete Dye introduced me to golf course design back in the 1960's. He came to my hometown Columbus, Ohio to work on The Golf Club.
  • I might cook occasionally, but I'm not a good cook. That's not my passion.
  • 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.
  • Well, the biggest rival I had in my career was me.
  • Golf is game of respect and sportsmanship; we have to respect its traditions and its rules.
  • Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation.
  • Focus on remedies, not faults.
  • Golf is a better game played downhill.
  • A kid grows up a lot faster on the golf course. Golf teaches you how to behave.
  • There are always new places to go fishing. For any fisherman, there's always a new place, always a new horizon.
  • 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.
  • Mostly I built golf courses the way I played golf, which was left-to-right. But I learned very rapidly that people wanted to see more than just the way I played golf and that I had to balance up what I was doing, right-to-left, left-to-right, etc.