A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from July 18, 2017
“Practice puts brains in your muscles”

"Practice puts brains in your muscles” is a sports saying that has been printed on many images. “I figure practice puts your brains in your muscles” has been credited to American golfer Sam Snead (1912-2002) since at least 1991.


Wikipedia: Sam Snead
Samuel Jackson Snead (May 27, 1912 – May 23, 2002) was an American professional golfer who was one of the top players in the world for most of four decades. Snead won a record 82 PGA Tour events, including seven majors. He never won the U.S. Open, though he was runner-up four times.

Snead’s nickname was “Slammin’ Sammy”, and he was admired by many for having the so-called “perfect swing,” which generated many imitators. Snead was famed for his folksy image, wearing a straw hat, and making such statements as “Keep close count of your nickels and dimes, stay away from whiskey, and never concede a putt.” He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974, and received the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.

Google Books
The PGA Manual of Golf:
The Professional’s Way to Play Better Golf

By Gary Wiren
New York, NY: Macmillan Pub. Co.
1991
Pg. 187:
“I figure practice puts your brains in your muscles.”—Sam Snead

Google Books
Golf Shorts:
1,001 of the Game’s Funniest One-Liners

By Glenn Liebman
Chicago, IL: Contemporary Books
1995
Pg. 151:
“I figure practice puts your brains in your muscles.”
Sam Snead

Google Books
The Golfer’s Tee Time Devotional:
Inspiration from the Rich Traditions of Golf

By James R. Bolley
Tulsa, OK: Honor Books
1997
Pg. 31:
“...practice puts...brains in your muscles. “ — Sam Snead

27 July 1997, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), pg. C6, col. 2:
As Sam Snead put it: “I figure practice puts brains in your muscles.”

30 October 2000, The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC), “Talking golf is almost as good as golf” by Ken Burger, pg. 1:
‘’I figure practice puts brains in your muscles,’’ Sam Snead.

Google Groups: rec.sport.golf
Quotes
phil
1/5/01
(...)
Practice puts . . . brains in your muscles.
Sam Snead

Google Books
Fairways! What Fairways?
By Alfie Ward and Harry Ward
Xlibris Corporation (Xlibris.com)
2013
Pg. 124:
Sam would regularly quote some of the wisest words to golfers seeking tips: ‘Practice puts brains in your muscles!’

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Practice puts brains in your muscles - Sam Snead
7:45 AM - 10 Jul 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Tuesday, July 18, 2017 • Permalink