Arnold Palmer 1

I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.
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

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

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

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

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 1950’s, 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

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

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

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

My problem happens to be near-sightedness – inability to see distance. And this is pretty tough on a golfer.
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

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

Feel is the most perplexing part of golf, and probably the most important.
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

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 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

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

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

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