How to Be a Good Golf Caddy

By Larry Anderson

Golf caddies have one job: to make the round of golf more enjoyable for golfers. There are a number of responsibilities that go into making this happen, from carrying golf clubs, to cleaning golf clubs and balls, to tending the pin on the green. Some golf caddies carry clubs for players playing in national or international tournaments with purses that are hundreds of thousands of dollars, while other caddies carry clubs for golfers just out for a recreational round of golf. There are several steps involved in learning how to be a good golf caddy.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Step 1
Ask the golfer before the start of the round if there is anything special you should be doing. Some golfers may have specific demands, and it will be helpful for you to know these right away.
Step 2
Remove some golf balls and tees from the bag of the golfer and put them in your pocket. This will make it easier for you to get at them should you need to during the round of golf. Also, make sure your towel is readily accessible.
Step 3
Walk to the first tee and hold the bag in a fashion that makes it easy for the golfer to choose a club and remove it from the bag. Hand the golfer a ball and tee.
Step 4
Stand behind the golfer and be completely still as the golfer hits a shot. Pay attention to where the golf ball lands.
Step 5
Take the club from the golfer. Wipe it off before putting it back into the golf bag.
Step 6
Walk with your golfer toward the ball. Once at the ball, present the golf bag so it is easy for the golfer to select a club.
Step 7
Remove the putter from the golf bag after your golfer hits the ball onto the green. Place the golf bag next to the green and prepare to tend or remove the pin. As you approach the pin, make sure not to step in the lines between any golf balls and the hole.
Step 8
Ask the golfer if you should tend the pin or remove it. If it is necessary for you to tend the pin, stand next to it and grab it with one hand. After the golfer has hit the putt, remove the pin so the ball does not hit it. When it is no longer necessary to have the pin in the hole, place the pin on the side of the green. Once all golfers in the group have hit their putts into the hole, replace the pin.
Step 9
Use your towel to clean the golf ball as you walk to the next hole.

Tips & Warnings

If your golfer hits the ball into a sand trap, grab the sand trap rake and rake the sand after your golfer has hit out of it. Replace all divots your golfer takes when hitting the ball. Clean golf balls and any dirty golf clubs whenever possible, whether at a hand-operated machine at the beginning of the holes, or with your towel. Keep the score if your golfer asks you to do so.
If your golfer hits the ball into a sand trap, grab the sand trap rake and rake the sand after your golfer has hit out of it.
Replace all divots your golfer takes when hitting the ball.
Clean golf balls and any dirty golf clubs whenever possible, whether at a hand-operated machine at the beginning of the holes, or with your towel.
Keep the score if your golfer asks you to do so.

About The Author

Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.

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