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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – Colin Powell

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”

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“Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.”

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“Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age.”

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“Don’t bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself.”

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“Experts often possess more data than judgment.”

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“Fit no stereotypes. Don’t chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team’s mission.”

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“Get mad, then get over it.”

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“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.”

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“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”

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“Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”

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“Never neglect details. When everyone’s mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant.”

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“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.”

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“Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing.”

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“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”

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“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.”

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“Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.”

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“The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.”

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“The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise.”

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COLIN POWELL’S 13 RULES OF LEADERSHIP

1.  It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
2.  Get mad, then get over it.
3.  Avoid having your ego so close to your position that, when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
4.  It can be done!
5.  Be careful what you choose, you may get it.
6.  Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
7.  You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
8.  Check small things.
9.  Share credit.
10.  Remain calm. Be kind.
11.  Have a vision. Be demanding.
12.  Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
13.  Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”

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10 Leadership Tenets from Colin Powell, Stanford Business School

1.  Successful leaders know how to define their mission, convey it to their subordinates and ensure they have the right tools and training needed to get the job done.

2.  “Leadership is all about people…and getting the most out of people.”

3.  Leaders should never show fear or anger. “You have to have a sense of optimism.”

4.  Effective leaders are made, not born. They learn from trial and error, and from experience.

5.  Leadership is about conveying a sense of purpose in a selfless manner and creating conditions of trust while displaying moral and physical courage.

6.  A false leader is someone who fails to get the necessary resources for his or her staff to do their jobs.

7.  “The best leaders are those who can communicate upward the fears and desires of their subordinates, and are willing to fight for what is needed. If not, the organization will weaken and crumble.”

8.  When something fails, a true leader learns from the experience and puts it behind him. “You don’t get reruns in life. Don’t worry about what happened in the past.”

9.  Good leaders must know how to reward those who succeed and know when to retrain, move, or fire ineffective staff.

10.  “You know you’re a good leader when people follow you out of curiosity.”

Wikipedia:  Colin Powell

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, April 13, 2021 – Ernest Shackleton

“By endurance we conquer.”

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“Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all.”

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“Superhuman effort isn’t worth a damn unless it achieves results.”

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“We had seen God in His splendors, heard the text that Nature renders. We had reached the naked soul of man.”

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“Optimism is true moral courage.”

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“Leadership is a fine thing, but it has its penalties. And the greatest penalty is loneliness.”

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“A man must shape himself to a new mark directly the old one goes to ground.”

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“I have often marveled at the thin line which separates success from failure.”

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“You often have to hide from them not only the truth, but your feelings about the truth. You may know that the facts are dead against you, but you mustn’t say so.”

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“If you’re a leader, a fellow that other fellows look to, you’ve got to keep going.”

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Shackleton’s Leadership of the Endurance Expedition, Charles Chappell, Wharton Exeutive MBS Program (pdf)

Lessons in Leadership

1. Put your people first
2. Be flexible in tactics
3. Choose your people carefully – for character, not just competence
4. Sustain optimism in the face of adversity
5. Lead by example
6. Strive for equal treatment
7. Exercise caution in pursuit of the goal
8. Balance optimism with realism

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Leadership Lessons From the Shackleton Expedition, Nancy F. Koehin, New York Times

Wikipedia: Ernest Shackleton

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, April 12, 2021 – Jim Lovell

“Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job.”

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“Houston, we’ve had a problem here.”

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“The moon is essentially gray, no color. It looks like plaster of Paris, like dirty beach sand with lots of footprints in it.”

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“There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.”

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“From now on, we live in a world where man has walked on the moon. It wasn’t a miracle, we just decided to go.”

Wikipedia:  Jim Lovell

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, April 11, 2021 – Jack Nicklaus

“If I had only one more round to play, I would choose to play it at Pebble Beach. I’ve loved this course from the first time I saw it. It’s possibly the best in the world.”

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“A kid grows up a lot faster on the golf course. Golf teaches you how to behave.”

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“Concentration is a fine antidote to anxiety.”

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“Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.”

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“Don’t be too proud to take lessons. I’m not.”

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“Focus on remedies, not faults.”

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“How people keep correcting us when we are young! There is always some bad habit or other they tell us we ought to get over. Yet most bad habits are tools to help us
through life.”

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“I like trying to win. That’s what golf is all about. “

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“I’m a firm believer that in the theory that people only do their best at things they truly enjoy. It is difficult to excel at something you don’t enjoy.”

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“My ability to concentrate and work toward that goal has been my greatest asset.”

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“Professional golf is the only sport where, if you win 20% of the time, you’re the best.”

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“Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation.”

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“Sometimes the biggest problem is in your head. You’ve got to believe you can play a shot instead of wondering where your next bad shot is coming from.”

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“Success depends almost entirely on how effectively you learn to manage the game’s two ultimate adversaries: the course and yourself.”

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“The game of golf is meant to be fun.”

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“The two things that motivate me most are closely allied. They are failure and a desire for self-improvement.

By failure, I don’t necessarily mean getting beat, although that’s often the end result and in itself is a strong motivation to go to work. The kind of failing I’m talking about is failing to measure up to the standards I’ve set for myself personally. When that happens, I get an irresistible urge – almost a compulsion – to improve.
Whatever effort is necessary to prevent another failure, I just have to make it. Like now. Today.

Frankly, I believe this, more than anything else, is the reason I am where I am today. I’m not an easily satisfied person. Sure I take a lot of satisfaction in what I’ve achieved. But life doesn’t stand still. Every satisfaction wanes after a while, so if you’re like me you don’t sit around looking backwards. You try to move on, to look for something that gives you another satisfaction and, at the same time, hopefully adds a little more to your life.”Jack Nicklaus, Jack Nicklaus’ Playing Lessons, Chapter 1

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“I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp, in-focus picture of it in my head. First I see the ball where I want it to finish, nice and white and sitting up high on the bright green grass. Then the scene quickly changes, and I see the ball going there: its path, trajectory, and shape, even its behavior on landing. Then there is a sort of fade-out, and the next scene shows me making the kind of swing that will turn the previous images into reality.”

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“I like trying to win. That’s what golf is all about.”

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Arnold Palmer, in 1962, after losing the U.S. Open to 22-year-old Nicklaus in a playoff: “Now that the big guy’s out of the cage, everybody better run for cover.”

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Bobby Jones after watching Nicklaus win the 1965 Masters: “Nicklaus played a game with which I am not familiar.”

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Author Rick Reilly: “He was not homespun like Sam Snead, funny like Lee Trevino. His pants didn’t need hitching like Palmer’s. Instead, he won over America with
pure, unbleached excellence.”

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Chi Chi Rodriguez: “Jack Nicklaus is a legend in his spare time.”

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Gene Sarazen: “I never thought anyone would ever put Hogan in the shadows, but he did.”

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Tom Weiskopf: “Jack knew he was going to beat you. You knew Jack was going to beat you. And Jack knew that you knew that he was going to beat you.”

Wikipedia:  Jack Nicklaus

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day, Saturday, April 10, 2021 – Arnold Palmer

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

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“Concentration, Confidence, Competitive urge, Capacity for enjoyment.”

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“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.”

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“I never quit trying. I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.”

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“I never rooted against an opponent, but I never rooted for him either.”

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“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.”

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“It is a rare and difficult attainment to grow old gracefully and happily.”

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“Putting is like wisdom – partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience.”

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

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

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“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.”

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“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting it is.”

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“You must play boldly to win.”

Wikipedia: Arnold Palmer

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, April 9, 2020 – Seve Ballesteros

You are terribly missed at The Masters Seve, but NEVER forgotten…”Fantastica!”

“I look into their eyes, shake their hand, pat their back, and wish them luck, but I am thinking, ‘I am going to bury you.”

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“To give yourself the best possible chance of playing to your potential, you must prepare for every eventuality.  That means practice.”  

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“I know where I am and I know which way I’m going, … Only winning will satisfy me. You don’t think it is possible? It is very possible.”

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“I don’t see any players who really impress me from either side of the Atlantic, to be honest. There are a lot of players with great talent and a great future ahead. But impress me? I don’t get impressed that easily.”

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“I’d like to see the fairways more narrow. Then everyone would have to play from the rough, not just me.”

Wikipedia Page:  Seve Ballesteros

How Seve Ballesteros became the first European to win The Masters in 1980, Steven Pye, The Guardian

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, April 8, 2021 – Gary Player

“The harder you work, the luckier you get.”

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“Each shot is important.”

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“Golf is a puzzle without an answer. I’ve played the game for 40 years and I still haven’t the slightest idea how to play.”

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“If there’s a golf course in heaven, I hope it’s like Augusta National. I just don’t want an early tee time.”

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“A good golfer has the determination to win and the patience to wait for the breaks.”

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“We create success or failure on the course primarily by our thoughts.”

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“You must work very hard to become a natural golfer.”

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Gary Player’s Ten Commandments

1. Change is the price of survival.
2. Everything in business is negotiable, except quality.
3. A promise made is a debt incurred.
4. For all we take in life we must pay.
5. Persistence and common sense are more important than intelligence.
6. The fox fears not the man who boasts by night but the man who rises early in the morning.
7. Accept the advice of the man who loves you, though you like it not at present.
8. Trust instinct to the end, though you cannot render any reason.
9. The heights of great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but that while their companions slept were toiling upward in the night.
10. There is no substitute for personal contact.

Wikipedia:  Gary Player

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, April 7, 2021 – Ben Hogan

“As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.”

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“Golf is not a game of good shots. It’s a game of bad shots.”

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“I couldn’t wait for the sun to come up the next morning so that I could get out on the course again.”

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“I learn something new about the game almost every time I step on the course.”

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“I’m glad I brought this course, this monster, to its knees. “

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“Placing the ball in the right position for the next shot is eighty percent of winning golf. “

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“Relax? How can anybody relax and play golf? You have to grip the club, don’t you?”

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“Shoot a lower score than everybody else.”

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“The only thing a golfer needs is more daylight. “

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“The ultimate judge of your swing is the flight of the ball.”

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“I always outworked everybody. Work never bothered me like it bothers some people.”

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“People have always been telling me what I can’t do. I guess I have wanted to show them. That’s been one of my driving forces all my life.”

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“The secret is in the dirt” -Common answer Hogan gave when asked how he played so well.

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“All I know is, I’ve seen Nicklaus watch Hogan practice. I’ve never seen Hogan watch Nicklaus practice.” -Tommy Bolt

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“If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.”

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“There’s no reason a man can’t birdie every hole.”

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“There’s no such thing as a natural golf swing.”

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“The more I practice, the luckier I get.”

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“Ben Hogan is the most merciless of all the modern golfers.” -Gene Sarazen

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While waiting on the 1st tee, Hogan walked up to the player he’d been paired with the day before. “I’m sorry I didn’t speak to you yesterday”, he said. “But just so you’re not surprised, I won’t be saying anything today either.”

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“About all Ben ever said in a tournament was “Good luck” on the 1st tee, and “You’re away” after that.” -Sam Snead

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“I always had an idea that some people didn’t like me…that the majority of the people didn’t like me. Then, after the accident, when I received all those wonderful telegrams, letters, and flowers from people, I realized I was wrong about the people. That’s when I changed. My frame of mind became different.”

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And finally, one of the top Hogan quotes, although I can only offer it anecdotally. When Peter Jacobsen won Colonial he received the customary, rather loud, plaid winner’s jacket. As was the tradition he was wearing it at the champion’s dinner. In a loud voice he said to the group he was mingling with, “How long do I have to wear this &%^#$*@ jacket?” From close behind him, but out of direct sight, Mr. Hogan replied, “Until I say you can take it off son.”

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“I have really enjoyed every minute I have spent in golf- above all, the many wonderful friends I have made. I have loved playing the game and practicing it. Whether my schedule for the following day called for a tournament round or merely a trip to the practice tee, the prospect that there was going to be golf in it made me feel privileged and extremely happy, and I couldn’t wait for the sun to come up the next morning so that I could get out on the course again”

Wikipedia: Ben Hogan

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, April 6, 2021 – Sam Snead

“Correct one fault at a time. Concentrate on the one fault you want to overcome.”

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“Forget your opponents; always play against par.

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“Golf is played with the arms.”

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“If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they’d starve to death.”

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“Never let up. The more you can win by, the more doubts you put in the other players’ minds the next time out.”

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“Nobody asked how you looked, just what you shot.”

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“Of all the hazards, fear is the worst.”

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“Practice puts brains in your muscles.”

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“The greens are so fast I have to hold my putter over the ball and hit it with the shadow.”

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“The mark of a great player is in his ability to come back. The great champions have all come back from defeat.”

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“The only reason I ever played golf in the first place was so I could afford to hunt and fish.”

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“To be consistently effective, you must put a certain distance between yourself and what happens to you on the golf course. This is not indifference, it’s detachment.”

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“Thinking instead of acting is the number-one golf disease.”

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“There is an old saying: If a man comes home with sand in his cuffs and cockleburs in his pants, don’t ask him what he shot.”

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“The three things I fear most in golf are lightning, Ben Hogan and a downhill putt.”

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“When I swing at a golf ball right, my mind is blank and my body is loose as a goose.”

Wikipedia Page:  Sam Snead

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, April 5, 2021 – Walter Hagen

“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.”

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“There is no tragedy in missing a putt, no matter how short. All have erred in this respect.”

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“Make the hard ones look easy and the easy ones look hard.”

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“You don’t have the game you played last year or last week. You only have today’s game. It may be far from your best, but that’s all you’ve got. Harden your heart and make the best of it.”

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“No one remembers who came in second.”

Wikipedia: Walter Hagen

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