You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.

— Walter Hagen

The most superior Walter Hagen quotes to get the best of your day

You don't have the game you played last year or last week.

You only have today's game. It may be far from your best, but that's all you've got. Harden your heart and make the best of it.


I would rather be of clear mind and decision with the wrong club than with an unclear mind and the right club.


When I have a match to play, I begin to relax as soon as I wake up.

Everything I do, I do slow and easy. That goes for stroking the razor, getting dressed, and eating my breakfast. I'm practically in slow motion. By the time I'm ready to tee off, I'm so used to taking my time that it's impossible to hurry my swing.


My dear, did you ever stop to think what a wonderful bunker you would make?


If you worry about the ones you missed, you are going to keep missing them.


It takes six years to make a golfer: three to learn the game, then another three to unlearn all you have learned in the first three years. You might be a golfer when you arrive at that stage, but more likely you are just starting.


I never wanted to be a millionaire. I just wanted to live like one.


It is the addition of strangeness to beauty that constitutes the romantic character in art.


Which one of you is going to be runner-up?


Trouble shots are surprisingly easy if you activate your imagination.

You simply must be able to imagine exactly what flight the ball will take before you can play any shot well.


Don't forget to stop and smell the roses.


What a shame to waste those great shots on the practice tee.


About Walter Hagen

Quotes 27 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Athlete
Birthday October 16

Why waste good shots in practice when you might need them in a match?


Short putts are missed because it is not physically possible to make the little ball travel over uncertain ground for three or four feet with any degree of regularity.


There is no tragedy in missing a putt, no matter how short. All have erred in this respect.


I don't want to be a millionaire; just live like one.


The course is playing the players instead of the players playing the course.


Here Eddie, hold the flag while I putt out.


Every golfer can expect to have four bad shots in a round and when you do, just put them out of your mind. This, of course is hard to do when you've had them and you're not even off the first tee.


Give me a man with big hands and big feet and no brains and I'll make a golfer out of him.


Hurry up Gene, I got a date tonight.


Miss a putt for $2,000? Not likely!


Whatever happens on the golf course is OK, because if I put the ball in trouble I know that I have the skills to get it out of trouble and back into play.


That's the easiest 69 I ever made.


I never played a perfect 18 holes. There is no such thing. I expect to make at least seven mistakes a round. Therefore, when I make a bad shot, I don't worry about it. It is just one of the seven.


He may have gone to bed three hours ago, but he knows who he is playing.

You can rest assured that he hasn't slept a wink.