How to Be a Golf Caddy

By Bill Herrfeldt

There was a time when a golfer's caddie was an indispensable part of a game of golf. And the better the caddie was at knowing a golf course and all there was to learn to be a valuable member of this elite group, the more he or she would be paid. But with the popularity of the golf cart, this profession has essentially become a lost art.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Step 1
Determine the type of caddie you want to be. You can be a so-called "bag toter" and carry a player's bag, offering advice on each shot he hits. Or you can become a "fore-caddie" where your player rides in a cart and you run ahead of him to find his golf ball, then offer advice as to the distance and the possible club he should hit. When his player reaches the green, the caddie will hand him a putter, read the contour of the green if he should be asked by the player, and tend the flagstick or remove it upon a player's request, typically if his player is the first to reach the green.
Step 2
Know your golf course. If there are a lot of golfers playing your course for the first time, your advice as to the distance and terrain are critical to the player's enjoyment of the game. You should know enough about the golf course to tell him how far it is to the green, what the ball is likely to do if he were to hit it to the left or right of the green, and the distances he must carry to avoid potential hazards like lakes and sand traps.
Step 3
Learn the etiquette of the game. For example, never step in any player's likely path of a golfball on the green. And when a player is about to putt, always move to a point that is not in his line of sight. Never talk while a player is hitting any shot, and don't bring your cellphone with you because it might go off at the wrong times during a player's round.
Step 4
Perform the duties expected of a caddie. For instance, always rake a sand trap after your player has hit the ball so that players behind your group will not be impaired. When any player in your group loses a golf ball, always help him find it. Finally, make sure that the golf clubs of your player are always clean and dry, especially if it is raining.
Step 5
Learn the skills of being a good golf caddie and you'll earn from $35 to $60 for each bag on a normal round of golf. And the more professional you are, the more money you will make. In fact, caddies on the professional tour make as much as 10 percent of the purses won by their players. In addition, many of them earn a salary as a player's full-time caddie.

About The Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.

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