Lee Trevino Best Quotes

Lee Buck Trevino (born December 1, 1939) is a retired American professional golfer who won six major championships over the course of his career. He is one of only four players to twice win the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship. The only major that eluded him was the Masters. He is an icon for Mexican Americans, and is often referred to as “The Merry Mex” and “Supermex,” both affectionate nicknames given to him by other golfers. Enjoy Lee Trevino’s best quotes below.

Lee Trevino
“If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron.”
“I don’t know of any other organization that’s raised more money than golf has, because if you are a baseball player, you’re a football player, you’re a hockey player, if you’re just a businessman, and you want to raise some money for a charity, what do they do? They have a golf tournament. They have a golf outing, and they go out and they do it.”
“I still sweat. My guts are still grinding out there. Sometimes I have enough cotton in my mouth to knit a sweater.”
“I never think of yesterday. Can’t do anything about it.”
“I always loved hitting a low fade to a back-right pin with the wind howling from the right. Not many guys could get it close in that situation, because they kept it low by just putting the ball back in their stance. You see, playing the ball back turns you into a one-trick pony – you can only hit hooks.”
“If I could do anything over, I’d have spent more time with my first set of children. I would have taken more quality time with them, for sure.”
“There is no such thing as natural touch. Touch is something you create by hitting millions of golf balls.”
“Putts get real difficult the day they hand out the money.”
“In case of a thunderstorm, stand in the middle of the fairway and hold up a one iron. Not even God can hit a one iron.”
“Living in Dallas, I root for the Mavericks and the Stars and the Cowboys, but I’ve always pulled for the Chicago Cubs. I enjoy watching them play.”
“Pressure is when you play for five dollars a hole with only two in your pocket.”
“One of the nice things about the Senior Tour is that we can take a cart and cooler. If your game is not going well, you can always have a picnic.”
“If your concentration is getting bad, take up bass fishing. It will really improve your ability to focus. If you aren’t ready when that fish hits, you can’t set the hook.”
“The most interesting guy I’ve ever played with was King Hassan of Morocco. I went over there on a trip in the early 1970s, and the King and I played five holes. I’ve never been that nervous in my life.”
“I’m going to win so much money this year, my caddie will make the top twenty money winner’s list.”
“I stay away from the telephone if at all possible.”
“Only bad golfers are lucky. They’re the ones bouncing balls off trees, curbs, turtles and cars. Good golfers have bad luck. When you hit the ball straight, a funny bounce is bound to be unlucky.”
“I’m not scared of very much. I’ve been hit by lightning and been in the Marine Corps for four years.”
“You can make a lot of money in this game. Just ask my ex-wives. Both of them are so rich that neither of their husbands work.”
“I believe in reincarnation. In my last life I was a peasant. Next time around, I’d like to be an eagle. Who hasn’t dreamed they could fly? They’re a protected species, too.”
“All my life I had a rapport with black caddies.”
“The older I get the better I used to be!”
“My wife doesn’t care what I do when I’m away, as long as I don’t have a good time.”
“A hungry dog hunts best.”
“My divorce came to me as a complete surprise. That’s what happens when you haven’t been home in eighteen years.”
“Nobody but you and your caddie care what you do out there, and if your caddie is betting against you, he doesn’t care, either.”
“How can they beat me? I’ve been struck by lightning, had two back operations, and been divorced twice.”
“There are two things that won’t last long in this world, and that’s dogs chasing cars and pros putting for pars.”
“You can talk to a fade but a hook won’t listen.”
“Golf isn’t just my business, it’s my hobby.”
“Yes, I think I have the best swing on the Tour. Why have scores comedown in the last ten years? Partly because they are imitating me.”
“Michael Jordan was a tremendous basketball player.”
“You can’t teach passion. You can teach everything else.”
“Every shot feels like the first shot of the day. If I’m on the range hitting shot after shot, I can hit them just as good as I did when I was 30. But out on the course, your body changes between shots. You get out of the cart, and you’ve got this 170-yard 5-iron over a bunker, and it goes about 138.”
“My point is, there’s no sense trying to squeeze something out of your swing if you can let your clubs do the shotmaking for you.”
“No one who ever had lessons would have a swing like mine.”
“Chi Chi Rodriguez had as good a pair of hands as anybody I ever saw, and more shots than you can imagine. But Chi Chi had a habit of turning simple shots into difficult ones.”
“I remember the first time going to St. Jude. I didn’t like going there because the children were ill, and it just broke my heart. It makes you test your religion when you see something like that. But the Lord doesn’t want just old people. You know, He wants some young people, too, and good people. He takes care of them. He takes care of them.”
“Jack Nicklaus liked to curve the ball by opening or closing the clubface at address. I never felt I was good enough to do it his way. I didn’t like changing my swing path, either, which some guys do.”
“I have an orthopedic pillow that’s made out of a sponge material. I have a plate in my throat, and I have to be careful or I could end up with a bad neck in the morning. That pillow is a must everywhere I go.”
“I’m actually a very quiet person off the golf course. I talk 150 miles per hour when I’m at the course, but when in private I very seldom ever open my mouth.”
“Seve Ballesteros was the best trouble-shot player who ever lived. It didn’t matter how far in the woods you put that guy, he’d find a way to get out. But Seve inadvertently put a lot of big numbers on the scorecards of average players, because he inspired them to take dumb chances.”
“Sure, I’ve felt racism. I think everybody has prejudice. When I was growing up, the dark Mexican kids weren’t allowed in the public swimming pool in Dallas. My light-skinned friend got in, and he laughed at us. It didn’t seem like a big deal, because we didn’t know any different. So I never ran into anything that actually scarred me.”
“I never think of yesterday. Can’t do anything about it. I’m a positive guy. When you really deep down look at it, we go to bed every night, get up every morning, stay here for 70 or 80 years, and then we die.”
“I will fall in love with any golf course that you have to drive the ball straight. You understand what I’m saying? That’s my advantage. My advantage wasn’t putting. In fact, I wasn’t even a great putter or a good putter.”
“I never played much golf as a kid. I caddied quite a bit but never got serious into golf until about age 15.”
“I adore the game of golf. I won’t ever retire.”
“I met Jesse Owens once. He was a remarkable individual, and I have tremendous respect for what he did in the Olympics under the circumstances.”
“I keep lot of my opinions to myself.”
“I’m not out there just to be dancing around. I expect to win every time I tee up.”
“When it comes to the game of life, I figure I’ve played the whole course.”
“His nerve, his memory, and I can’t remember the third thing.”
“I’ve played golf with three U.S presidents.”
“Pressure is playing for ten dollars when you don’t have a dime in your pocket.”
“When you’re poor, you know nothing about the future, you know nothing about the world, nothing that goes on outside 300 yards around you.”
“I keep lot of my opinions to myself. My grandfather, who was a gravedigger, told me one day, ‘Son, the next time you go by the cemetery, remember that a third of the people are in there because they got into other people’s business.’”
“I love watching Anthony Kim play, but I’m not a fan of the way he grips down a good two inches on his full-swing shots. Choking down lightens the club’s swingweight and effectively makes the shaft stiffer.”
“Jack Nicklaus liked to curve the ball by opening or closing the clubface at address. I never felt I was good enough to do it his way. I didn’t like changing my swing path, either, which some guys do. There’s only one really reliable way to curve the ball: Change your hand position at address.”
“I’ve traveled the world and been about everywhere you can imagine. There’s not anything I’m scared of except my wife.”
“I think a lot of Jim Thorpe, the Olympian, and his accomplishments.”
“I use an Arnold Palmer putter that was probably built back in 1954.”
“When you really deep down look at it, we go to bed every night, get up every morning, stay here for 70 or 80 years, and then we die.”
“Green synthetic practice mats are the worst thing for your golf game that I know of. You can hit six inches behind the ball and not even know it, because the ball still gets airborne. Practice nets are awful, too. Swing a weighted club instead.”
“I just feel like I have when I started making a lot of money, I started spreading it out to people. Mickelson, the whole deal, the over-tip: if I see a guy that looks like he needs a hand out or something, I’ll pull something out and give him something.”
“I love watching Anthony Kim play, but I’m not a fan of the way he grips down a good two inches on his full-swing shots. Choking down lightens the club’s swing weight and effectively makes the shaft stiffer. It also makes it difficult to hit the ball high enough for all situations.”

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