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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Success depends almost entirely on how effectively you learn to manage the game's two ultimate adversaries: the course and yourself.
  • Focus on remedies, not faults.
  • Concentration is a fine antidote to anxiety.
  • 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.
  • Golf is a better game played downhill.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Well, the biggest rival I had in my career was me.
  • Professional golf is the only sport where, if you win 20% of the time, you're the best.
  • The best way to cope with trouble is to stay out of it as much as possible.
  • 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.
  • Don't be too proud to take lessons. I'm not.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A kid grows up a lot faster on the golf course. Golf teaches you how to behave.
  • I might cook occasionally, but I'm not a good cook. That's not my passion.
  • The longer you play, the better chance the better player has of winning.
  • There are always new places to go fishing. For any fisherman, there's always a new place, always a new horizon.