69 Arnold Palmer Quotes that motivates to win

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Arnold Daniel Palmer is the full name of a previous American professional golfer, Arnold palmer. He was born on September 10, 1929, and died on September 25, 2016. He is also regarded as one of the greatest and most fascinating players in the history of sports.

Moreover, he is a player who had won numerous awards on both the PGA Tour and the circuit. Nowadays, that circuit is known as PGA Tour Champions. He is still remembered as the popular golf star, and he got a nickname, “The King.”   

Likewise, he won 62 PGA Tour titles from the year 1955 to 1973. Palmer’s next great achievement in 1998, i.e., PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award. His fans still follow his quotes, and I am presenting some of them due to his greatness.

Arnold Palmer with his family
Arnold Palmer with his family

“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

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

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

“The road to success is always under construction.”― Arnold Palmer

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

“There is no king of golf. Never has been, never will be. Golf is the most democratic game on Earth… It punishes and exalts us all with splendid equal opportunity.”― Arnold Palmer

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

“I grew up in poverty on the edge of a golf course. I saw how people lived on the other side of the tracks, the upper crust and the WASPs at the country club. We had chickens and pigs in our yards. We butchered every year. I’ll never forget those things.”― Arnold Palmer

10th of 69 Arnold Palmer Quotes

“Why hit a conservative shot? When you miss it, you are in just as much trouble as when you miss a bold one.”― Arnold Palmer

“Concentration, Confidence, Competitive urge, Capacity for enjoyment.”― Arnold Palmer

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

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

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

“I have a tip that can take 5 strokes off anyone’s golf game. It’s called an eraser.”― 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

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

Arnold Paler met with Tiger Woods
Arnold Paler met with Tiger Woods

“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

“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

20th of 69 Arnold Palmer Quotes

“I putt like I did when I was a kid. When you’re a kid, you’re not scared of anything.”― Arnold Palmer

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

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

“As my father taught me, and he drove home that point, he said, ‘Just remember something. You don’t need to tell anybody how good you are. You show them how good you are.’ And he drove that home with me. So I learned early not to brag about how good I was or what I could do but let my game take that away and show them that I could play well enough.”― 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

“You must play boldly to win.”― Arnold Palmer

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

“Critics who have said a safer shot here or there would undoubtedly have won me a few more tournaments are probably correct. Going for the green in two was who I was as a boy – and it’s who I remain as a man.”― Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer quote on driving and findings
Arnold Palmer quote on driving and findings

“Golf would be my ticket somewhere, I told myself. I just couldn’t say where it would lead me.”― Arnold Palmer

30th of 69 Arnold Palmer Quotes

“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.”― 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

“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

“The winners at the Olympics step up, bursting with pride, because everything that they have worked for and all their dedication is rewarded in a climax that I, and most golfers, will never experience.”― 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

“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 try to deign golf courses that are individual in character and individual in their own standing.”― Arnold Palmer

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

“I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.”― Arnold Palmer

40th of 69 Arnold Palmer Quotes

“Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.”― 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

“Every day I play golf, that’s my goal. To break 70 the other way. To shoot 70 or better.”― 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

Arnold Palmer Award
Arnold Palmer Award

“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 1950s, once I had made some money on tour.”― Arnold Palmer

“I quit flying myself last year and that was difficult for me because I enjoy it as much as playing golf. It was an adjustment sitting in the back of the plane, rather than at the controls, but I’ve grown accustomed to it and enjoy reading a book, doing some work or challenging my wife to a game of dominos.”― 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

“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

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“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

“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

50th of 69 Arnold Palmer Quotes

“My problem happens to be near-sightedness – inability to see distance. And this is pretty tough on a golfer.”― 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 fly my own airplane, and I have since 1960. I rarely fly anywhere other than my own airplane.”― 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

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“Feel is the most perplexing part of golf, and probably the most important.”― 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 like my airplane. It’s as much a part of me as anything but my wife and kids.”― 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

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

“I’ve stated my position, and that is that we do not need a contraption to play the game of golf. I would hope that we’d play under one set of rules, and those rules would include a ban on the long putter hooked to the body in some way, shape or form.”― Arnold Palmer

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“As a kid growing up in Latrobe, PA, I could dream about being an Olympian like Jesse Owens or Johnny Weissmuller. I could also dream about being a great golfer like Bobby Jones or Byron Nelson. But the idea of being an Olympic golfer never occurred to me.”― Arnold Palmer

“I am a sentimental guy, and occasionally, that lump in my throat when I speak has stopped my tongue from working.”― Arnold Palmer

62nd of 69 Arnold Palmer Quotes

“We can argue about major championships and whether Tiger will ever surpass Jack’s 18 majors, but what can’t be argued is this: Tiger Woods is the most dominant, most skilled player we’ve ever seen.”― Arnold Palmer

“Look at the better players of my era – Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Raymond Floyd. They had pros they worked with from time to time, but out on Tour, thousands of miles from home, each of them learned to be his own best coach. I think Tiger can do the same.”― Arnold Palmer

“Some players are wonderful hitters of the ball, but they can’t figure out ways to get out of trouble. Eighty percent of the time, there is a way. You just have to know how to look for it.”― Arnold Palmer


“I can’t be casual about losing. I always think I have a chance to win until winning is absolutely impossible.”― Arnold Palmer

“I never heard Jack Nicklaus say, ‘I’m a great player,’ or Tiger Woods, as a matter of fact. They just get out and do it. And I think that’s far more appealing… than talking about how good you are.”― Arnold Palmer

“I’m sorry that I haven’t won the PGA Championship. That would be something that would have pleased me very much. I suppose when I look back, I have a lot of reasons and excuses for not having won the PGA.”― Arnold Palmer

“I’ve stated my position, and that is we do not need a contraption to play the game of golf. I would hope that we’d play under one set of rules, and those rules would include a ban on the long putter hooked to the body in some way, shape or form.”― Arnold Palmer

“I don’t think that golf has a place for two sets of rules. I think one of the reasons that the game has progressed in the way that it has over the years is the fact that the amateurs and the pros all play the same game, and they play under the same set of rules.”― Arnold Palmer

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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