Arnold Palmer: The King's best quotes about golf and life in general

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

Andy Roberts's picture
Tue, 5 Mar 2019

The Arnold Palmer Invitational tees off at Bay Hill this week, so what better time to look back at 'The King' himself and some of his most notable quotes from through the years...


"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."

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

"The more I practice the luckier I get." 

"Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you." 

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

"The road to success is always under construction."

"Putting is like wisdom - partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience." 

"I have a tip that will take five strokes off anyone's golf game. It's called an eraser."

"Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character." 

“When people ask what’s driven me all these years, I always give the same answer. It’s you.”

“Putting is a fascinating, aggravating, wonderful, terrible and almost incomprehensible part of the game of golf.”

“When I was in college, I thought about becoming an attorney. But I wasn't smart enough; I hate being cooped up indoors; and I'm too nice a guy.”

"You must play boldly to win."


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