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8 Things you need to know if you want to be a caddie!

8 Things you need to know if you want to be a caddie!

8 Things you need to know if you want to be a caddie!

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First of all, becoming a caddie is not only for young people!  A lot of retired business people caddie just for something to do and earn some extra pocket money.  Most of the time you are paid in cash, and you get to meet some really nice people along the way. Every time I travel to Scotland, Ireland or South Africa, when I play golf, I always take a caddie.  Most of the caddies I have had in the UK are pretty good golfers themselves and many times are members of the club.  My recent round at Carnoustie (played in a gale!) was enhanced when our caddies joined us for a drink in the members pub after the round.  We would not have been able to have a drink there without them.  

Thanks to  of Golf Digest for giving us an insight of what it takes to become a caddie!

Don’t be intimidated. Follow our guide to getting started and you’ll have a bag over your shoulder in no time.

8 Things you need to know if you want to be a caddie!

1. Get training.

Most club caddie masters hold an orientation/training session for prospective caddies prior to the beginning of the season. These sessions orient you both to the club itself and to the job — where to stand, how to hold the bag, how to take care of divots, keeping clubs clean, tending the flagstick, etc.  Don’t miss it. And don’t be afraid to ask questions when you’re there. It’s good to have the caddie master, who assigns loops, know your name. One of the most basic questions is, “Do you schedule individual caddies or is it first come, first serve?” That makes a big difference as to when you have to be in the caddie yard. There are training films on the web that can help, too.

8 Things you need to know if you want to be a caddie!

8 Things you need to know if you want to be a caddie!

2. Be brave. Most golfers don’t bite.

8 Things you need to know if you want to be a caddie!
 
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