To succeed in golf and in life, you need to have the right balance of skill, perseverance, discipline, and a little bit of luck.
Given the nature of the sport, it’s no surprise that golfers have had some inspiring and motivational things to say about their hard work, victories, losses, and much more.
We’ve collected 10 of the best quotes from the legends to motivate you to play your best golf:
1. Be determined to succeed
"Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character." – Arnold Palmer
2. Trust your skills and preparation
“Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course, the space between your ears.” – Bobby Jones
3. Overcome bad shots
“The most important shot in golf is the next one.” – Ben Hogan
4. Accepting and moving on
"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
5. Rise against the odds
“I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.” – Arnold Palmer
6. Erase the mentality of fear
“Of all the hazards, fear is the worst.” – Sam Snead
7. Consistent grind
“Forget the last shot. It takes so long to accept that you can't always replicate your swing. The only thing you can control is your attitude toward the next shot.” – Mark McCumber
8. A positive attitude will take you far
"There is no room on the golf course for anger or self-pity." – Greg Norman
9. Wisdom of the game
“A kid grows up a lot faster on the golf course. Golf teaches you how to behave.” – Jack Nicklaus
10. Defy your limits
“No matter how good you get, you can always get better and that’s the exciting part.” – Tiger Woods
Even if you end up as the greatest golfer in the game, you’ll always have a worthy and challenging opponent—yourself.