For once, he
didn't finish a thought.
enough daylight in any day to practice all the shots that you need to. You have
to get up early, and if a fellow practiced the way he should, he can't be going
around to parties. You have to practically live like a hermit to get sufficient
never achieved what I thought was success. Golf to me is a business, a
livelihood in doing the thing that I like to do. I don't like the glamour. I
just like the game.
started, my mother kept telling me, 'Quit fooling around with golf and go to
work.' I kept telling her, 'This is what I want to work at.' After I won some
tournaments, she was still after me. I think she'd still like me to quit and go
to work." He laughed.
golf and golf are like baseball and football, two entirely different
games," Hogan said, lighting a cigaret.
"You build a
swing before you go to a tournament, then it's a game of management on the
course. The swing must be committed to muscle memory so it's secondary. I've
practiced hard enough under duress and excitement so in a tournament my swing
will remain just as good as it was on the practice tee—not that I'm not just as
excited and nervous as the next fellow."
of a tournament I sort of weigh my capabilities at the time. I don't try to
extend myself and do something I know I can't do. Maybe I could have done it a
week before or the week after. But I won't take an unnecessary risk if I feel I
can't do it that day, not until maybe the last round, if I'm behind, but even
then I won't try anything I haven't practiced.
"As I walk
down the first fairway, I try to get all my thinking within me and obliterate
every outside influence, the people, everything, even the fellow I'm playing
with. I try to be very cordial and give him all the courtesy of the tee and the
green, but I can't remember ever knowing what my playing partner has shot on
the round. I'm very keen on watching the flight of his ball and knowing what it
will take me to get there."
determination and almost self-hypnotic concentration have earned him many