Xander Schauffele Quotes

  1. I put little goals in place every day, and I think if you can kind of keep to the small things it’s easier to capture the big picture at the end.
  2. If you play well, you can open doors.
  3. You don’t have to be a superhero and pull off shots you’ve never hit before. Your goal should be to put yourself in position to play as close to your regular game as possible. That’s what I did in the final round of the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie, when I was in the final pairing with Jordan Spieth.
  4. I’m a pretty mellow guy, but I’ve got a fire burning inside, but you guys will probably never see that.
  5. All the techniques to help stay calm and focused, to control your mind, have all really helped me.
  6. I remember watching Tiger make the putt in ’08. I was standing by a tree that’s no longer there, it got taken down by the storm. I watched that putt live.
  7. Unfortunately a good attitude doesn’t make you hit it 350.
  8. Right now, my caddie has a nicer car than I do. That tells me a little something.
  9. I expect a lot from myself but, over time, I’ve learned to tame that.
  10. I pick up the tab for my mom now, I don’t let her pay for any dinners.
  11. A conventional blade has more toe hang so that’s for people who want to rotate the face more. I’m not that person. I don’t have a strong arc to my stroke so the mallet works better for me.
  12. If practice and preparation were all it took to prevent nerves on the course, tour players would never get rattled.
  13. Players are getting better at a younger age. It shows how fearless everyone is becoming.
  14. We’ve got the blue-collar pros here in San Diego.
  15. Just the ritual of feeling the grip in my fingers and making loose swings is relaxing.
  16. My dad was always very hard on me when it came to sports. He always used golf to teach me life lessons.
  17. My dad always taught me to let the clubs talk. So if people don’t know who I am, I guess I’m just not playing well enough.
  18. As a rookie you sort of don’t really know if you’re good enough, and then you start listening to a bunch of random things or just out looking for a bunch of random things that don’t help.
  19. Feel shots. Flops. Bump-and-runs. Those types of things are usually what go first for me when I haven’t practiced much.
  20. For me personally, short game, bunker shots aren’t too bad.
  21. Some say I don’t show much emotion. That’s just not my cup of tea.
  22. In golf I have my support team, and though I hit the shots, I say ‘we’ a lot, because ‘we’ made it happen.
  23. I never really idolized any one golfer.
  24. I’m not really much of a celebrating type.
  25. I’ve been trying to make my bed every day. Every time I wake up, I try and – someone told me there’s been books about it, about how important it is to start the day with a win.
  26. I think getting your head in the right mental space is important, and maybe I do need to go back to my rookie vibes to where I’m very happy-go-lucky, nothing really matters.
  27. I was out here at East Lake, on a property I had never seen, and I was just like a kid at Disneyland walking around. There was only 30 guys. Thinking about how this is the big goal everyone is looking forward to at the end of the year and I’m fortunate enough to make it.
  28. I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing, sort of the San Diego, Southern California vibe, whatever you want to call it.
  29. My body just won’t let me hit it, like, 330 in the air.
  30. Coming out of college, you never really know how good you are, you’ve never played for money, you’ve put all your eggs in one basket and your whole life revolves around it. For a while, I didn’t think I was going to be good enough.
  31. I’ve had doubts at every stage of my career.
  32. I pretty much figured out in grade school that we weren’t the stereotypical American family.
  33. I always felt like I was mentally tougher than the other kids.
  34. If I ever felt sorry for myself, my dad and I would have this two-hour talk. He bred an underdog mentality into me from a younger age.
  35. One of my big goals for 2019 is to make the cut at the Farmers.
  36. The only time I am an unhappy camper is when I feel like I’m treated unfairly.
  37. I’ve been called a cheater by my fellow opponents. It’s all joking, but when someone yells ‘cheater’ in front of 200 people, to me it’s not going to go down very well.
  38. I don’t sit at home and test my driver, you know.
  39. The first thing you do before you take a swing with a driver is put it down and see how it looks to your eye. If you don’t like how it looks, it’s going to be difficult to hit a good shot.
  40. My dad taught me how to get into clubs and what to look for in clubs, and he always stressed to me that a 3-wood, 4-wood or 5-wood was the toughest club to dial in and if you find a good one to keep it.
  41. For me the trickiest thing is figuring out the spin and loft.
  42. I feel very American, but my upbringing was quite the opposite.
  43. I like to consider that I have a good insight into other cultures because I grew up with my parents having different views on things. It makes traveling a lot easier, I do enjoy other cultures.
  44. It is never easy to have your dad as your swing coach.
  45. When I am playing my best, I am not worrying about a whole lot.
  46. One of the best forcers was probably Tiger in his prime. He could force an outcome if he needed it.
  47. I haven’t really learned how to play great forceful golf. I sort of go with the flow, and if I handle my game properly, not too many mistakes should be made.
  48. Our job as players is to show up to tournaments, put on a show for The R&A and for the Tour and to handle our business.
  49. I enjoy tough golf, I guess. There’s something fun about it that other people may not think is fun.
  50. I’m an old soul.
  51. It’s all strange to me, but it’s pretty cool when people know who you are.
  52. I need to find a way to manage my time and be an adult.
  53. I just still feel like an underdog. I feel like until you’re No. 1, you’re chasing.
  54. I would gladly give up my driver if it’s not conforming. But there’s still 130 other players in the field that potentially have a nonconforming driver, as well.
  55. Taking care of the environment is important to me.
  56. Being from California, my parents are very eco-friendly and I feel like I’ve been nurtured by a tree-hugger family in a way.
  57. Somewhere down the line I’d like to create a foundation that brings awareness to environmental protection, sustainability, the effects of pollution, and all of those things related to protecting nature.
  58. My dad’s European, so when I was a little kid, I couldn’t wear things like Nike, so I grew up wearing Adidas.
  59. I always felt there was a chip on my shoulder at the junior stage, the amateur stage.
  60. I don’t want one tournament to offset another. I want to be fresh and take full advantage of the opportunity I’ve been given.

    If I worked in a cubicle, I wouldn’t want to leave work and see all 20 people from my office when I got home.

    I want to get to world No. 1. I want to win multiple majors. Plus, I hate losing – like, I really hate losing.

    I went to San Diego State and one of our home courses was Barona Creek. It’s this open, no-tree look.

    Remember a few years ago when Tiger said his glutes shut off? I know he wasn’t kidding because when I reach the top of my swing, like Tiger, I want to feel my right glute muscles firing.

    The U.S. Open was a huge moment in my career. It was one of the biggest stages, and for me to be calm and collected throughout the week and just kind of hang on and tie for fifth was huge for me mentally.

    Everybody knows I’m a late bloomer.

    To say I feel close or whatnot, I don’t really know what that means, but I feel like my game and, you know, myself is slowly maturing.

    Usually when I’m comfortable I play good golf.

    Having experience gives me an advantage against the younger players as well as the other competitors out there.

    I always try to find companies I see eye to eye with. It was an easy collaboration with Hyland. They’re a well-rounded player and always try to find certain strategies to give their clients a competitive edge.

    I learned from a young age that my tendency was to really choke the grip during a big moment. I’d tense up in my hands, which would then tighten my forearms, and I’d try to rip one as hard as I could.

    When I practice there’s a bunch of noise going on, people will talk, so I don’t really have mouse ears for the most part.

    I’ve never made the cut. I think that feeds into the underdog thing more than anything else.

    You know, I think the stats are out whoever won the Tour Championship never made it back the next year. There’s a reason for that. It’s hard. It’s just tricky.

    It’s not too often in your life you have 4 or 5-footers for $10 million.

    It’s just whenever us players have good feelings at a certain course, we sort of thrive off of that.

    When I was signing my card, I was like, ‘Oh, wow, I actually went birdie-birdie to get in the playoff.’ I was just in my own world out there.

    You know, majors are tricky. There’s a lot of pressure, and there’s a heavy load on individuals.

    There’s a big A my team likes to talk about, which is Accepts. If you can’t ‘accept,’ then you’re never going to play well in the U.S. Open.

    I don’t really care, honestly, what the USGA does with the setup. I’m just here to play.

    I played soccer until I was like 10 or 11, maybe 12. I had fun with it, but it was a team sport, and I hated losing, and we kept losing, so I quit.

    At no point in any sport do you want to be known as a cheater.

    Unfortunately a good attitude doesn’t make you hit it 350.

    I’m kind of a quiet guy.

    I don’t have, like, a huge effect on the crowd, I’d say. So not having fans isn’t the craziest thing to me.

    I’ve always been the underdog and underdogs don’t really care for attention.

    I remember watching Tiger make the putt in ’08. I was standing by a tree that’s no longer there, it got taken down by the storm. I watched that putt live.

    It’s only my second Masters, and I definitely jumped into that scene a little faster than I thought I would, to be completely honest.

    My dad, his temperament is a little worse than mine, at times.

    As everybody manages to say on TV, ‘Yeah, he hits it pretty far for a little guy.’ Well thanks.

    Nobody had Trackman when we were 15 years old. In terms of hitting it far, I’ve always hit it further than anyone else in my age group.

    I hate to say it… but, yeah, I mean, our class has always been really strong, and I always joke with my buddies saying it’s not cool to be 23 and on the PGA Tour anymore since everyone that’s been 22, 23, 24, they’re all winning.

    My father, Stefan, is the only swing coach I’ve had. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him.

    I’ve played TaylorMade drivers since I was in high school, so it’s a comfortable look for me.

    My agent and I usually have a steak-and-wine dinner on Wednesdays before tournaments. It’s a good source of protein for the night before, and it helps me sleep before the opening round.

    I love French and English bulldogs. They’re hilarious and adorable.

    I store my power right up until it’s time to hit the ball.

    I was struggling to keep my card and get in tournaments and found a way to breeze through the U.S. Open somehow with a cool head. I looked at that and thought, ‘Wow, I could actually do this.’

    Ever since my early teens, I’ve tried to swing the driver very fast. Back then, it was as fast as I could. But now that I’m 24, I’m working to dial back some of that speed, knowing I have an extra gear if needed. The goal is to protect myself from injuries down the road – especially to my back.

    My hips will always lead in the downswing, and I’ll always fire off my right foot. I know Tiger and other big hitters keep their right foot down and mainly use their bodies to power through the ball, but I’m not Tiger’s size.

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