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11 Nov 2004


This week I want to share with you what some of the most famous personalities have to say about the game of golf. The purpose is to give you insight into some great ideas from great minds.

Jack Nicklaus: "Don't be too proud to take lessons. I'm not." Also: "I think I fail a little less than everyone else."

Arnold Palmer: "Practice is the only golf advice that is good for everybody."

Bobby Knight: "The will to win is not so nearly as important as the will to prepare to win."

Jim McLean: "Of all games, golf exposes fraud and self-delusion most efficiently."

Bruce Crampton: "Golf is a compromise between what your ego wants you to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do."

Leonard Finkel: "Golf is not fair. Like life, it seems we get more bad breaks than good. How we handle them is what matters."

More from Finkel: "We pay so much attention to the bottom line, the scorecard, our score, that we miss out on the game itself. In golfas in life, it's not so much the scoreboard, but enjoying the journey that really counts. Don't miss it."

Dr. Bob Rotella: "Golf is a game played by human beings. Therefore, it is a game of mistakes. The best golfers strive to minimize mistakes, but they don't expect to eliminate them. And they understand that it's most important to respond well to the mistakes they inevitably make."

John Wooden: "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."

Yogi Berra: "I can't think and hit at the same time."

Anonymous: "Those who believe they can and those who believe they can't are both right."

These quotes are from "The Secrets to the Game of Golf & Life" by Finkel. I hope you enjoy them, and I hope they help you put your golf game into a different perspective, because our perspective, to a great deal, dictates our outcome.