“I played with many golfers who were way better than me, but I won majors and they didn’t. The swing is not the thing. The mind gets you out of a bind. Attitude and determination are more important than your swing.”1965 - US Open Bunker Shot at Bellerive CC

“Try to get winded 30 minutes a day. Whether it’s climbing stairs in your house, riding an exercise bike or jumping rope, the key is to get at least slightly out of breath for 30 minutes. It’s practically impossible to be badly out of shape if you do this each and every day.”

“I can beat most 40-year-olds in the gym at my age. I don’t see myself as old. I look at myself as young. The more you exercise, the better you feel, and the more you can do for your family, business and country.”

“Be smart about how you exercise. When other players first saw my weight-training program back in the 1950s, they thought I was crazy. Exercising has made me a better golfer for a longer career. Two suggestions: First, bench presses are very popular, but I still prefer old-fashioned push-ups to strengthen the chest. Second, do your weight training in the early morning and follow it with a hot and cold shower. This will help your body recover faster, so you aren’t as stiff the next day.”

“Develop both sides of your body. The perfect golfer would look like Popeye: thin waist, powerful legs, strong forearms, with the left and right sides equally developed. When you perform any repetitive motion like the golf swing, it’s important to strengthen the corresponding muscle groups. Swinging a weighted club is a great exercise, but if you’re right-handed, make the same number of swings left-handed. This will keep your back and hips in balance and prevent injury.”

GP BG (1 of 1)-10 web“Focus on your core but don’t forget the hands and wrists. Henry Cotton once told me your hands, fingers and wrists can never be too strong. Hitting practice balls will work out your hands, but you want to do special exercises, too. Suspending free weights using your thumb and each finger individually helps.”

“The best way to break out of a slump is to visualize and pretend you’re a player whose swing is rhythmic and beautiful. I fell into a terrible slump in 1973, and I recovered just that way. I watched Christy O’Connor at the British Open and stamped his sing-song swing on my mind. For the next few months, I actually pretended I was him. The following April, I won the Masters, then took The Open in July.”

“The secret to chipping is to stand a little wide, shift your weight slightly forward, set the club and “light the match.” By that I mean you want to accelerate a little at impact the way you’d light a match by striking the flint.”

“Good eyesight and vision are underrated. Your eyes influence everything in golf. I wish my eyes were in as good of shape as the rest of my body; it’s the sign of aging. In my business, three yards might as well be a mile.”

“You can tell a good bunker shot by the sound. From powdery sand, you want a “poof.” From coarser sand, it should sound like you’re tearing a linen sheet in half. Strive to make the right sound, and you’ll be surprised at how fast you improve. Always accelerate.”

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