Better Late Than Never: I’m 56. I found golf late in life, in 1990. I took some lessons and struggled. Then one day, I hit a drive that was so crisp and clean, with no vibration. There’s no feeling like it. I was hooked. All the stresses of daily life fall away on the course — and are replaced by different stresses: “Why am I flipping the club?” “Why am I coming so far inside?” Golf is meaningless, but it means so much.
Stick Man: I got down to a 1-handicap. What’d I sacrifice to get there? My sanity. [Laughs.] What helps my game is I like to practice. It’s about balance. I love golf, horses, surfing. But I don’t play enough. I’m down to once a day.
Catching Waves: I learned to surf for Soul Surfer. Surfing is like golf: You’re always battling, and it keeps knocking you down. There are a lot of wipeouts. But when you stay with it and catch that wave, you really taste it. It’s magic.
Reel Player: I’d love to do a golf movie. I turned down Don Johnson’s role in Tin Cup. I regret that. I’d love to do a movie with [Tin Cup director] Ron Shelton. I’m hoping he’ll direct this script called Q-School. I’d play a former baseball player who’s a big hitter who tries to make the Tour. Going to the golf course every day for work? That’s a good job. I’ll be back to a 1-handicap in no time.
Dennis Quaid has appeared in more than 50 films. His next movie, Soul Surfer, comes out in 2011.