I like my airplane. It’s as much a part of me as anything but my wife and kids.
I fly my own airplane, and I have since 1960. I rarely fly anywhere other than my own airplane.
My problem happens to be near-sightedness – inability to see distance. And this is pretty tough on a golfer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You don’t go to Palm Springs in the summer unless you’re building a golf course.
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.
I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.
Every day I play golf, that’s my goal. To break 70 the other way. To shoot 70 or better.