40 Jack Nicklaus Quotes About Golf & Success

Jack Nicklaus is an American professional golfer. He is considered one of the world’s greatest and most successful professional golfers of all time.

Nicklaus became a pro in 1961 and with a total of 115 professional wins. he has a variety of golfing books and even has his museum on the campus of ‘Ohio State University’.

Here’s our collection of the best Jack Nicklaus quotes:


40 Jack Nicklaus Quotes About Golf & Success

1. “Concentration is a fine antidote to anxiety.” – Jack Nicklaus

2. “Golf is a better game played downhill.” – Jack Nicklaus

3. “I don’t know if I’ll ever do it again or not, but frankly, I don’t really care.” – Jack Nicklaus

4. “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.” – Jack Nicklaus

5. “Learn the fundamentals of the game and stick to them. Band-Aid remedies never last.” – Jack Nicklaus

6. “Scoring comes from being able to preserve what you’ve got and play your smart shots when you need to play them and not do stupid things and take advantage of things when have you them.” – Jack Nicklaus


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7. “The worse you’re performing, the more you must work mentally and emotionally. The greatest and toughest art in golf is “playing badly well.” All the true greats have been masters at it.” – Jack Nicklaus


8. “When you lip out several putts in a row, you should never think that means that you’re putting well. When you’re putting well, the only question is what part of the hole it’s going to fall in, not if it’s going in.” – Jack Nicklaus

9. “Complacency is a continuous struggle that we all have to fight.” – Jack Nicklaus

10. “Focus on remedies, not faults.” – Jack Nicklaus

11. “He’s going to be around a long, long time if his body holds up. That’s always a concern with a lot of players because of how much they play. A lot of guys can’t handle it. But it looks like he can.” – Jack Nicklaus

12. “I’ve had a lot of majors where I didn’t play well until the last round. Keep yourself in contention; that’s the name of the game. I usually ended up shooting a good round and all of a sudden, somehow, I won.” – Jack Nicklaus

13. “Keeping the head still is golf’s one universal, unarguable fundamental.” – Jack Nicklaus

14. “Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation.” – Jack Nicklaus

15. “The longer you play, the better chance the better player has of winning.” – Jack Nicklaus

16. “When I want a long ball, I spin my hips faster.” – Jack Nicklaus


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17. “Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s level of aspiration and expectation.” – Jack Nicklaus


18. “Don’t be too proud to take lessons. I’m not.” – Jack Nicklaus

19. “Golf is not, and never has been, a fair game.” – Jack Nicklaus

20. “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.” – Jack Nicklaus

21. “It’s great to win, but it’s also great fun just to be in the thick of any truly well and hard-fought contest against opponents you respect, whatever the outcome.” – Jack Nicklaus

22. “People only do their best at things they truly enjoy” – Jack Nicklaus

23. “The game is meant to be fun.” – Jack Nicklaus

24. “There is no room in your mind for negative thoughts.” – Jack Nicklaus

25. “A perfectly straight shot with a big club is a fluke.” – Jack Nicklaus

26. “Did you know there’s probably more golf played in Iceland than most places in the world? They play 24 hours a day in the summertime and the northern part is warmer than the southern part.” – Jack Nicklaus


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27. “Golf is game of respect and sportsmanship; we have to respect its traditions and its rules.” – Jack Nicklaus


28. “I never missed a putt in my mind.” – Jack Nicklaus

29. “It takes hundreds of good golf shots to gain confidence, but only one bad one to lose it.” – Jack Nicklaus

30. “Nobody ever remembers who finished second at anything.” – Jack Nicklaus

31. “The best way to cope with trouble is to stay out of it as much as possible.” – Jack Nicklaus

32. “There is no room in your mind for negative thoughts. The busier you keep yourself with the particulars of shot assessment and execution, the less chance your mind has to dwell on the emotional. This is sheer intensity.” – Jack Nicklaus

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

34. “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.” – Jack Nicklaus

35. “Golf is a game of precision, not strength.” – Jack Nicklaus

36. “I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp, in-focus picture of it in my head.” – Jack Nicklaus


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37. “If there is one thing I have learned during my years as a professional, it is that the only thing constant about golf is its inconstancy.” – Jack Nicklaus


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

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

40. “There are always new places to go fishing. For any fisherman, there’s always a new place, always a new horizon” – Jack Nicklaus



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