Chi Chi Rodriguez Quotes

Chi Chi Rodriguez
Chi Chi Rodriguez has always been quick with a quip. A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images

Chi Chi Rodriguez is one of the most colorful players in golf history. Below are some quotes from Rodriguez that appear in his book, "Chi Chi's Golf Games You Gotta Play," cowritten with John Anderson. (Quotes appear courtesy of the publisher, Human Kinetics)

• "Look for the guy with the new grip on his ball retriever or head covers on his irons." - On finding someone you can beat

• "Sure, I'm making a lot of money now, but years ago the IRS would send me get-well cards."

• "Most people will miss a putt for nothing. A little money, and the weak are certain to miss."

• On what club he would play with during a 1-club round: "I would play with a 4-iron. I can hit it anywhere from 110 yards to 210 yards. I can hit high or run it low. Bend it right or turn it left. And if there's money on the game, and you are betting me I can't beat you with just one club, then I can use my 4-iron to lift your wallet out of your back pocket, too."

• "I always used to wear green on Sunday because that's when they hand out the checks and green is the color of money. If you ever see a color picture of me in book or some place in a magazine and I am wearing green, then you can take it to the bank - the picture was taken on a Sunday."

• "A three putt is just about the worst thing in golf. I hate them. I could make the longest putt you could think of, and if it's a third putt or for bogey, I can't bring myself to do the sword dance."

• "Until Tiger Woods came along, I thought Jack Nicklaus was the greatest player ever. Sam Snead was the best ball striker I ever saw. ... Ben Hogan was second with Byron Nelson pretty close to both of them. ... But Tiger Woods, he is the complete package. He has the intelligence of Nicklaus, the guts of Arnold Palmer, the beauty of Sam's swing, the shot-making ability of Hogan and the patience and temperament of Gandhi."

• "You have certain basic things that you must do to hit good shots, and there are too many gimmicks going around now, guys making fortunes teaching people junk. You could put horse manure on an ice cream cone with whip cream and a cherry on top, and people will buy it if a top-30 Tour pro is selling it."

• "... If you buy a book on golf instruction buy the thinnest book you can find. The thinner the book, chances are the easier and more elementary the instruction. It can do one of two things: help you more or hurt you less. Both are good compared to the alternative."

• "I've heard people say putting is 50 percent technique and 50 percent mental. I really believe it is 50 percent technique and 90 percent positive thinking. See, but that adds up to 140 percent, which is why nobody is 100 percent sure how to putt."