As Hogan Said...: The 389 Best Things Anyone Said about How to Play Golf

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It's not your life, it's not your wife, it's only a game."
-- Lloyd Mangrum

"There is no type of miracle that can't happen at least once in golf."
-- Grantland Rice

No one knows exactly when the first golf quotation was spoken; ...
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It's not your life, it's not your wife, it's only a game."
-- Lloyd Mangrum

"There is no type of miracle that can't happen at least once in golf."
-- Grantland Rice

No one knows exactly when the first golf quotation was spoken; nonetheless, we can be very sure it was unprintable. The game is a source of endless study, endless fascination, and endless frustration -- which has led to an endless pursuit of wisdom about how to play it better.

"It doesn't matter if you look like a beast before or after the hit, as long as you look like a beauty at the moment of impact."
-- Seve Ballesteros

"Nobody ever swung a club too slowly."
-- Bobby Jones

In the game's 500 years of history, it has drawn the attention of kings and commoners, pros and con men, stylists and butchers, bag-toters and sandbaggers. All have had something to say about the game, its implements, or the impossibility of ever plumbing its inner depths.

"The trouble that most of us find with the modern matched sets of clubs is that they don't really seem to know any more about the game than the old ones did."
-- Robert Browning

"If profanity had an influence on the flight of the ball, the game would be played far better than it is."
-- Horace Hutchinson

Randy Voorhees has taken on the daunting task of choosing the best, most helpful, and most entertaining quotations about the game of golf. From Penick to Trevino, from Jones to Nicklaus, from Mackenzie and Wodehouse to Updike and McLean, all the greats of the game are here, with thoughts that will enlighten, entertain, and ensure lower scores.

"When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one more club or two more balls."
-- Henry Beard

"Hit the ball up to the hole...You meet a better class of person there."
-- Ben Hogan

So read, skim, dip, and savor. Your next round of golf will be more enjoyable, and your nineteenth-hole banter will be vastly improved when you casually drop into the conversation, As Hogan Said...


Jonathan Abrahams * Michael Adams * Tommy Armour * Gloria Armstrong * Robert Baker * Lord Balfour * Seve Ballesteros * Jerry Barber * Henry Beard * Max Behr * Tommy Bolt * James Braid * Billy Ray Brown * Robert Browning * Bob Brue * Craig Bunker * Jackie Burke, Jr. * Tom Callahan * Billy Casper * Dr. Richard Coop * Henry Cotton * Ben Crenshaw * Bernard Darwin * Peter Dobereiner * Pete Dye * Shirley Englehorn * Bob Estes * Jim Flick * Raymond Floyd * Walter Hagen * Martin Hall * Hank Haney * Butch Harmon * Arnold Haultain * May Hezlet * Dave Hill * Harold H. Hilton * Ben Hogan * Chuck Hogan * Horace Hutchinson * Hale Irwin * John Jacobs * Dan Jenkins * Bobby Jones * Ernest Jones * Robert Trent Jones * Robert Trent Jones, Jr. * Tom Kite * Glenn Kummer * Neal Lancaster * Tony Lema * Lawson Little * Bobby Locke * Henry Longhurst * Francisco Lopez * Nancy Lopez * Davis Love, Jr. * George Low * Cliff McAdams * Gary McCord * Jim McLean * Dr. Alister Mackenzie * Stewart Maiden * Roger Maltbie * Lloyd Mangrum * Dr. Cary Middlecoff * Johnny Miller * Colin Montgomerie * Bill Moretti * Michael Murphy * Byron Nelson * Jack Nicklaus * Greg Norman * Ted Osborne * David Owen * Arnold Palmer * Willie Park, Jr. * Corey Pavin * Dave Pelz * Harvey Penick * George Peper * Gale Peterson * Gary Player * Chris Plumbridge * Jimmy Powell * Charles Price * H. H. Ramsay * Grantland Rice * Donald Ross * Dr. Bob Rotella * Lorne Rubenstein * Paul Runyan * Doug Sanders * Gene Sarazen * Tom Simpson * Sir Walter Simpson * Randy Smith * Wiffi Smith * Sam Snead * Curtis Strange * Louise Suggs * George Thomas * Annette Thompson * Peter Thomson * Dr. T. J. Tomasi * Jerome Travers * Claudia Trevino * Lee Trevino * John Updike * Harry Vardon * Glenna Collett Vare * Ken Venturi * Tom Watson * Brian Watts * H. N. Wethered * Joyce Wethered * H. J. Whigham * Dr. Gary Wiren * P. G. Wodehouse * Mickey Wright * Steve Wynn
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  • ISBN-13: 9780743203760
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Randy Voorhees is vice president of Mountain Lion, Inc., a literary agency specializing in sports. He is the author of four books, including The Little Book of Golf Slang and The Laws of Golf. He lives in Lambertville, New Jersey.
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From Section 1: It's Only a Game

The Game

It's not your life, it's not your wife, it's only a game.

-- Lloyd Mangrum

It takes longer to kill the golf in a man than it does to breed it.

-- Harry Vardon

Golf is very healthy; it is better to swat pills than to swallow them.

-- Ted Osborne

Tennis players don't sleep in parking lots on Saturday night.

-- David Owen

Confidence, of course, is an admirable asset to a golfer, but it should be an unspoken confidence. It is perilous to put it into speech. The gods of golf lie in wait to chasten the presumptuous.

-- P. G. Wodehouse

People often ask me, "Why can't I play golf the same every day?" Well, what can you do the same every day? I don't even get out of bed the same way.

-- Jackie Burke, Jr.

Few things draw two men together more surely than a mutual inability to master golf, coupled with an intense and ever-increasing love for the game.

-- P. G. Wodehouse

Most of us have a real warped idea of the amount of control we have over anything. It's not that we can't control certain aspects of this game, it's that we think we can control everything. That's where our error is. Then God says, "Wait a minute, just so you don't forget." A fleck of grass throws a putt off-line, the ball is stuck in a tree or shoots this way or that. The elements, variables, the unexpected. That's golf.

-- Annette Thompson

Golf teaches success andfailure. Neither lasts long.

-- Glenn Kummer

Three things are as unfathomable as they are fascinating: metaphysics, golf, and the feminine heart. The Germans, I believe, pretend to have solved some of the riddles of the first, and the French to have unravelled some of the intricacies of the last; will someone tell us wherein lies the extraordinary fascination of golf?

-- Arnold Haultain

There is no type of miracle that can't happen at least once in golf.

-- Grantland Rice

On the golf course, a man may be the dogged victim of inexorable fate, be struck down by an appalling stroke of tragedy, become the hero of unbelievable melodrama, or the clown in a side-splitting comedy.

-- Bobby Jones

In golf you've got two continuously merciless competitors: yourself and the course.

-- Tommy Armour

The trouble with all of us, who grumble over the game and thus spoil an otherwise pleasant afternoon with congenial friends, is that we do not understand the game, nor ourselves. In this, we could take a number of lessons from the [hacker]. For no matter how good we may be, if we should fancy that we have mastered golf to the extent that we can go out day after day and play as we please, then we are greater fools than ought to be left at large.

-- Bobby Jones

A good round of golf is if you can hit about three shots that turn out exactly as you planned them.

-- Ben Hogan

The score is important, of course. And the discovery that you are superior to another golfer is satisfying. But when your score is bad and the other fellow beats you, golf still has been a blessing to you. The score isn't the "be all and end all."

-- Tommy Armour

There is no shape nor size of body, no awkwardness nor ungainliness, which puts good golf beyond reach. There are good golfers with spectacles, with one eye, with one leg, even with one arm. In golf, while there is life there is hope.

-- Sir Walter Simpson

The mere test of strength or of skill is one of the most subordinate of the elements of golf; much more important is the test of what goes by the name of "nerve," that quiet self-confidence which no ghastly phantasms can shake.... So many golfers forget this. "If I had not done this, that, or the other stupid thing," they say, "my score would have been so-and-so." My dear sir, it is just those stupid things that make the game.

-- Arnold Haultain

Copyright © 2000 by Randy Voorhees

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Table of Contents


Section 1

It's Only a Game

The Game

Section 2

There Are No Born Golfers

Starting Out * Equipment

Breaking Through * Lessons Practice Section 3

Learn the Game from the Green to the Tee

Putting * Chipping and Pitching Sand Play * Fairway Woods Driving Section 4

Golf Is a Two-Handed Game

Setup, Alignment, and Grip Swing: The Elements Swing: The Essence * Tempo, Timing, and Rhythm * Power Section 5

Hope for the Best, Expect the Worst, and Take What Comes Along

Warming Up * First Tee Trouble * Rough * Water Section 6

Keep Your Head Up, and in the Game

Course Management Architecture * Mental Side Match Play * Rules and Etiquette Section 7

If You Can Walk, You Can Play

Getting Older List of Sources

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