Ken Venturi Quotes

I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.

Victory is everything. You can spend the money but you can never spend the memories.

My father taught me that the easiest thing to do was to quit. He’d say, ‘It doesn’t take any talent to do that.’

My father always said excuses are the crutches for the untalented.

There are two great rules of life: never tell everything at once.

The greatest gift in life is to be remembered.

All of us have an ‘inner clock,’ a certain pace at which we function most comfortably and effectively.

The hardest thing in golf is trying to two-putt when you have to, because your brain isn’t wired that way. You’re accustomed to trying to make putts, and when you change that mind-set, your brain short-circuits, especially under pressure.

Sometimes you try to make it happen instead of just letting it happen.

After you have the basics down it’s all mental.

All of my decisions I made when I was a kid were decisions, would my mother and father be proud of.

I had a terrible stammering problem when I was young, and as a result I spent a lot of time alone.

Art said he wanted to get more distance. I told him to hit it and run backward.

People thought I was cocky because I didn’t talk much. When I first turned pro, reporters asked me who was going to win. I’d say, ‘I am’ because it was the easier than giving some long, drawn-out answer.

When my father spoke, it was to say something meaningful.

You can’t make good scores happen. You’ve got to let it happen.

My father was a man of few words.

I began seeing my wife, Kathleen, while I was undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.

Retirement isn’t so bad. Give me a tall drink, a plush sofa and a rerun of ‘Matlock,’ and you can have the rest. Matlock is my hero. He never loses.

I couldn’t say my own name when I was 12.

The only times you touch the ball with your hand are when you tee it up and when you pick it out of the cup. The hell with television towers and cables and burrowing animals and the thousand and one things that are referred to as ‘not part of the golf course’. If you hit the ball off the fairway, you play it from there.