- The caddie’s main responsibility is to carry the golfer’s clubs and hand them the requested club when needed.
- In addition to carrying the clubs, the caddie is also responsible for preparing for the round by bringing necessary items like a scorecard, pencil, towel, etc.
- It is also helpful for caddies to have knowledge of the golf course they are working on in order to provide help and guidance to their golfer as needed.
- As a caddie, it is the responsibility of the caddie to clean clubs, balls, and sand traps, as well as fix divots and ball marks on the green.
- It is also the responsibility of the caddie to keep a positive attitude and provide words of encouragement to the golfer.
- They should also know the distance to the hole because they will be responsible for relaying that information to the golfer.
My nephew was always a good athlete and loved the outdoors.
When he was just sixteen years old, he learned about how to become a caddy and decided that was the job for him. It would allow him to be outside, interacting with people, and make some money while he was at it.
He started by talking to the golf pro at our local course and getting all the information he could on how to become a caddy. He then started practicing his skills by carrying my golf bag around the course – even though I’m not very good!
After a few weeks of practice, he felt confident enough to start caddying for other people.
To start, he worked for free just to get his foot in the door.
(Here’s a quick video to get you started caddying)
But quickly proved himself as a hard worker and someone who knew the game well. He learned how to keep track of where the ball went, how to read distances, and how to keep the clubs clean.
Within a few months, he was making good money as a caddy – and best of all, he loved it!
Golf is a sport of patience, strategy, geometric analysis, and physical dominance. According to Britannica.com, “golf, a cross-country game in which a player strikes a small ball with various clubs from a series of starting points (teeing grounds) into a series of holes on a course.”
Golf requires the golfer and caddy to be able to pinpoint by yards the number of strokes it takes to put into the hole.
The number of tees on a golf course is 18. On the course, however, there are obstacles that prevent a golfer from automatically hitting a hole-in-one.
For example, the golf course consists of trees, wind, water, bunkers of sand, hills, and the natural, physical ability of the golfer to hit the ball at the right angle and speed.
This is where the caddy comes in, bringing into perspective the basic rules of golf by reinforcing these things as the game progresses from hole 1 to hole 18.
A Caddy’s Training
The caddy has to know the angles, meticulous yards for every stroke, estimates of the put of every line, and the natural flow of the shot. The caddy has to know which club needs to be played when, be it a birdie, par, or eagle.
The caddy has to keep up with the walking of the game while carrying their golfers’ equipment. So, not only mental health, a golfer has to be in good physical health, too.
A caddy is not a coach per se but more of a guide through the entire golf course. The caddy keeps the golfer’s head in the game when their patience may be wavering. The caddy keeps the golfer composed even when their score may lag.
There is a type of objective view the caddy brings to golf. The caddy allows the golfer to work and the caddy takes note of the golfer’s strengths and weaknesses.
The caddy who can manipulate and maneuver through the most difficult of golf courses knows how to think about what put other golfers may play with their line. The caddy can estimate what put to release and how far in the fairway the ball will go.
Caddy encourages golfers not to hit too hard or too soft, but just right. To angle their body with their forearm, hitting the tee without slipping by keeping a good grip on the club and pursuing the flag not the rough.
A caddy is experienced as a student of the game. The caddy’s role is important. They are a vital attendant on the professional golf tour.
Here are some things a caddie should focus on
- Knowing the distance from ball to green: keep your eye on the ball and know the distance from the ball to the green. Use landmarks to help keep track of the location.
- Keeping clubs and balls clean: It is the caddie’s duty to clean the golfers club after they use it. Use a towel to wipe and dry the club; further, you may use a tee to tend to the grooves of the club. Clean a golfer’s ball before each tee shot and on the green after it’s been marked.
- Fixing divots and ball marks: When your golfer strikes the ball in a manner that leaves a divot, it is your obligation to replace that divot
- Keep the bag organized: Once the club is cleaned, it needs be put back in the exact same spot from the bag that it was removed from. This helps to keep things organized.el an eye on the weather conditions:
- Be aware of the current and forecasted weather conditions. This will help you to know how to dress and what clubs to recommend.
- Be ready for anything: You never know what might happen out on the course, so it’s always best to be prepared for anything. Have a first aid kit on hand and know where the nearest water and restroom are located.
- Be respectful: Always be respectful of your golfer, the other caddies, and anyone else you come into contact with out on the course. This is a game that should be enjoyed by everyone.
- Keep it clean: In the pre-round preparation, you should’ve grabbed a towel. That towel will be used to clean clubs and balls. You may want to dip half the towel in water before the round for easier cleaning. As a caddie, it is your responsibility to clean the golfers club after they use it.
- Anticipating the golfer’s needs: A caddie needs to be able to anticipate the golfer’s needs on the course. This includes everything from providing the right club when they need it, to being aware of their water and food intake, to understanding their playing strategy.
- Offering helpful advice: In addition to clubs and other material assistance, a caddie should also offer helpful advice to the golfer. This could be anything from which way the wind is blowing to reading the green.
- Keeping a positive attitude: A caddie’s job is to make the golfer’s experience as enjoyable as possible. That means keeping a positive attitude, even when things are going wrong.
- Being physically fit: Being able to carry the golfer’s bag: This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to be able to carry the bag for long periods of time, over hilly terrain if necessary.
- Knowing the course: A good caddie will know the ins and outs of the course, which can be helpful in choosing the best clubs and advising the golfer on strategy.
- Being able to keep cool under pressure: When things are going well, a caddie’s job is relatively easy. But when things start to go wrong, it’s important to be able to keep cool and think clearly in order to help the golfer recover.
How to improve your caddie skills
The best way to learn how to be a caddie is to shadow an experienced caddie. See how they interact with the golfer and how they go about their duties. Another way to learn is to take a caddie class.
This will give you the basics on what is expected of you as a caddie.
There are also books and articles that can help you become a better caddie. YouTube is also a great resource as well, you can find videos of different caddies giving tips and going over different scenarios. The more prepared you are the better caddie you will be.
5 Basic Rules of Golf
According to Quora, user Marie Jean wrote that basic golf etiquette is,
- Turn off your cellphone.
- Don’t walk on another golfer’s line.
- Beware of your shadow.
- Don’t stand in viewable line of others.
- Be silent when others are hitting.
Golf is a game of quiet precision. The golfer must be focused and the caddy is there as a motivator; they are there to know the main steps the golfer will play. So, the caddy has to be detailed-oriented and pay attention. The caddy is usually trained because many are former professional golfers. The caddy has to know every aspect of golf.
So, do you have to know about golf to be a caddy? Yes. A caddy cannot be a novice, but an expert. A caddy must also bring out the passion, play, and prowess in each player when they put it.
The caddy has to bring out the stamina in each golfer. Because without the caddy the golfer would have to worry about yards, clubs, and the line of their put, and this would be frustrating. It would also prolong the game for each player and it would not be feasible.
So, the caddy brings balance to an otherwise course of chaos without them. A caddy is a mix of coach and mentor, a facilitator that partners and knows their golfer’s every stroke.
- Golf. (2022)
- Marie Jean. (2022). Basic golf etiquette
Hi, my name is Vince Richmond and I am the owner of earlygolfer.com. This blog is all about golfing, from tips and tricks to equipment reviews and everything in between. I have been golfing for over 20 years now and love the sport more than ever. I am always looking to improve my game and help others do the same. When I’m not golfing, I can be found spending time with my wife and two kids or playing some other sport (I’m a bit of a sports junkie). Thanks for reading and be sure to check out earlygolfer.com for all your golfing needs!