Activities Sports & Athletics Sam Snead Quotes: A Sampling of the Golfer's Best Sayings Share PINTEREST Email Print Bettmann / Contributor Sports & Athletics Golf Famous Golfers Basics History Gear Golf Courses Golf Tournaments Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Brent Kelley Brent Kelley is an award-winning sports journalist and golf expert with over 30 years in print and online journalism. our editorial process Brent Kelley Updated September 23, 2019 Sam Snead is one of the giants of golf, a golfer who remained competitive at the highest levels well into his 60s and died as the all-time leader in PGA Tour wins. Here are some quotes from and about Sam Snead. Quotes From Sam Snead "Thinking instead of acting is the number-one golf disease." "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." "The only reason I played golf was so that I could afford to go hunting and fishing." "I always tried to remind myself of the great number of times I would follow a sequence of bad shots with a good one — or even a great one. As as this was a possibility, I reasoned, then why not expect good ones to follow bad ones?" "Practice puts brains in your muscles." "Correct one fault at a time. Concentrate on the one fault you want to overcome." "The two mistakes I see most often from amateurs are lifting up and hitting the equator of the ball, sending it into the next county; or taking a divot of sand large enough to bury a cat." "The mark of a great player is in his ability to come back. The great champions have all come back from defeat." "If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they'd starve to death." "These greens are so fast I have to hold my putter over the ball and hit it with the shadow." "Nobody asked how you looked, just what you shot." "You will hit the ball farther more frequently when you don't try to hit it far." "The fairways were so narrow you had to walk down them single file." "You can not go into a shop and buy a good game of golf." "There are no short hitters on the tour anymore, just long and unbelievably long." "The three things I fear most in golf are lightning, Ben Hogan, and a downhill putt." (This quote has always and only been attributed to Snead, but later in life Snead disputed that he'd ever said it.) "When I swing at a golf ball right, my mind is blank and my body is loose as a goose." When asked about his swing keys: "I try to feel oily." Quotes About Sam Snead USGA president William Campbell: "He was the best natural player ever. He had the eye of an eagle, the grace of a leopard and the strength of a lion." PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem: `"No one will ever duplicate Sam Snead. No one will ever surpass Sam Snead because he was so unique." Curtis Strange on Snead's swing: "It was a gift, something you can't teach. His hands looked like they were born to have a golf club in them." Ben Hogan on Snead: "Sam doesn't know a damn thing about the golf swing. But he does it better than anyone else." Jack Nicklaus: "He brought so much to the game with his great swing and the most fluid motion ever to grace a golf course." Phil Mickelson: "I don't think there's ever been a golf swing as aesthetically pleasing as Sam Snead's." Gene Sarazen: "Sam Snead is the only person who came into the game possessing every physical attribute — a sound swing, power, a sturdy physique, and no bad habits." John Schlee, U.S. Open runner-up in 1973: "Watching Sam Snead practice hitting golf balls is like watching a fish practice swimming."