Arnold Palmer quotes

Born
September 10, 1929, Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Died
September 25, 2016.

Occupation
Professional golfer.

Arnold Daniel Palmer was an American professional golfer who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in the sport’s history. Dating back to 1955, he won numerous events on both the PGA Tour.

I never rooted against an opponent, but I never rooted for him either.
– Arnold Palmer

I can remember back to my early tour days when some fellows didn’t think I’d last too long. Nothing physical – they said it was my swing. Some said it was too much of a ‘muscle swing’ to stand the test of time. One fellow predicted I wouldn’t get past 30 out there.
– Arnold Palmer

I probably have a club in my hands 360 days a year, one way or another, playing with friends or just fiddling around or hitting balls.
– Arnold Palmer

Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.
– Arnold Palmer

It is a rare and difficult attainment to grow old gracefully and happily.
– Arnold Palmer

I have a tip that will take five strokes off anyone’s golf game. It’s called an eraser.
– Arnold Palmer

You don’t go to Palm Springs in the summer unless you’re building a golf course.
– Arnold Palmer

Every day I play golf, that’s my goal. To break 70 the other way. To shoot 70 or better.
– Arnold Palmer

What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.
– Arnold Palmer

I never quit trying. I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.
– Arnold Palmer

Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.
– Arnold Palmer

I think a firm grip helps you control the club and prevents it from turning in your hands. Another thing about feel is, if you make a change in your grip, it takes time for your brain to adapt.
– Arnold Palmer

Great touch is often written off simply as ‘talent,’ which is crucial, because a good swing can take a golfer only so far. I’ve seen thousands of fantastic swings in my day, but that doesn’t guarantee anything.
– Arnold Palmer

I think I’ve heard somebody say that I was a well-dressed golfer. I guess that has something to do with the fact that a lot of people who play golf don’t dress very well.
– Arnold Palmer

My search for ways to improve my touch has never ended. We players tried a lot of different things and compared notes. Little fads would set in.
– Arnold Palmer

I fly my own airplane, and I have since 1960. I rarely fly anywhere other than my own airplane.
– Arnold Palmer

The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.
– Arnold Palmer

My grandson Sam Saunders has been playing golf since he could hold a club and I spent a lot of time with him over the years. Like my father taught me, I showed him the fundamentals of the game and helped him make adjustments as he and his game matured over the years.
– Arnold Palmer

Putting is like wisdom – partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience.
– Arnold Palmer

When you lose the ability to step up and hit the ball as hard and as far as you want, that also affects your ability to will the ball to go where you want it to go, if you know what I mean.
– Arnold Palmer

Feel is the most perplexing part of golf, and probably the most important.
– Arnold Palmer

I like my airplane. It’s as much a part of me as anything but my wife and kids.
– Arnold Palmer

I started flying because I had a fear of it early on. I figured if I learned to fly, I would understand better what was happening and started taking lessons in the late 1950’s, once I had made some money on tour.
– Arnold Palmer

I find myself getting associated with a lot of younger people in the game. I still enjoy playing with them, and I think they still enjoy playing with me. As long as I can stay competitive and have fun doing what I’m doing, I guess I’ll keep doing it.
– Arnold Palmer

I was mixing iced tea and lemonade in my kitchen since as long as I can remember. It wasn’t until some time in the early 1960s that it became associated with me publicly.
– Arnold Palmer

Had I not become a professional golfer, I think I would have pursued some type of career in aviation.
– Arnold Palmer

To me, wearing glasses is no pleasure, but once I conceded that I simply couldn’t properly judge distance without them, I began to experiment. I tried glasses and found them uncomfortable. I switched to contact lenses, and they also bothered me.
– Arnold Palmer

Concentration, Confidence, Competitive urge, Capacity for enjoyment.
– Arnold Palmer

The secret of concentration is the secret of self-discovery. You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources, and what it takes to match them to the challenge.
– Arnold Palmer

Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.
– Arnold Palmer

The more I practice the luckier I get.
– Arnold Palmer

Golf challenges you mentally at any age, and when you become my age, it’s a challenge physically to try to make your game work as well as it ever did. That’s close to impossible, but that doesn’t keep you from trying to hit the ball where you used to hit it and make the putts you used to make all the time.
– Arnold Palmer

Everyone I built a course for thinks they have the best golf course in the world and I’m very pleased and proud of that.
– Arnold Palmer

My problem happens to be near-sightedness – inability to see distance. And this is pretty tough on a golfer.
– Arnold Palmer

I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.
– Arnold Palmer

I don’t see myself as a full-time broadcaster. I’ve done some of it, and I enjoy it, but I don’t think I should try to make a career out of it.
– Arnold Palmer

I used to get tired of drinking iced tea, so I’d ask my wife if we had some lemonade, and I would just dump it right in there.
– Arnold Palmer

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

What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do.
– Arnold Palmer

I’m not much for sitting around and thinking about the past or talking about the past. What does that accomplish? If I can give young people something to think about, like the future, that’s a better use of my time.
– Arnold Palmer

The road to success is always under construction.
– Arnold Palmer

Winning isn’t everything, but wanting it is.
– Arnold Palmer

Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.
– Arnold Palmer

Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.
– Arnold Palmer

You must play boldly to win.
– Arnold Palmer

Ever since I bought and started flying an airplane, it’s been almost exclusively for business. I love to fly. It’s a great joy to me. But rarely do I use it for any kind of pleasure, other than it is a pleasure to fly.
– Arnold Palmer

I try to deign golf courses that are individual in character and individual in their own standing.
– Arnold Palmer

It is not a dreamlike state, but the somehow insulated state, that a great musician achieves in a great performance. He’s aware of where he is and what he’s doing, but his mind is on the playing of the instrument with an internal sense of rightness.
– Arnold Palmer