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How To Become A Golf Caddy- Read Here

Caddying is one of the most esteemed jobs in the world of golf, with many of the best players in history having learned the game by carrying their golf bags. Caddies are expected to be at the player’s beck and call 24 hours a day, and a caddy will provide vital information about the course and any hazards to avoid. Caddies will usually carry between 10 and 14 clubs at all times, and can expect to walk up to 5 or 6 miles during a round of golf. Caddies are also expected to carry at least 6-18 balls, depending on the size of the course.

There are thousands of professional golf caddies who work with professional golfers or go on to work in golf courses all over the world. To become a caddy, you will need to be dedicated to the game, and dedicate yourself to your profession. In addition, you will need to undergo a training period, which will allow you to learn the ins and outs of caddy life.

Caddying, like any other job, requires a certain set of skills. And by “skills,” we mean “things you need to know how to do.” For instance, you’ll need to be able to walk in one direction for long periods of time, and you’ll need to be able to carry a heavy bag. The best thing you can do, if you have any thoughts of becoming a golf caddy, is to practice your bag-carrying and walking skills wherever possible.

Duties of a Caddy 

A caddy is a person who carries golf clubs, drinks, and other items for the players during a round of golf. One of the most important things that a caddy must do is to help the golfer choose the correct club for a given situation. The caddy is also the “player-manager” and acts as an advisor to the golfer, giving advice on strategy, course management, and club selection. 

“Caddy” is an abbreviation of “caddie,” a term used to describe the person who carries the golf players’ bag of clubs and other necessities. The caddy’s duties can vary greatly depending on the course, but typically include carrying the player’s bag, handing him the right club for the shot, and keeping track of where the ball landed so the player can find it.

A caddy’s key duties include carrying, retrieving and cleaning the golfer’s clubs, as well as providing advice to the golfer about the course and other golfers. Caddies traditionally carry a number of items in their “caddy bag”, including golf balls, tees, a towel, sunscreen, and a club repair kit with a wrench, a ball-marker, a club brush and towel.

Caddies may sometimes perform administrative or other tasks for the golfers, such as locating them on the course if they get lost or paged, or securing upgraded accommodations or tee times for the golfer.

How to become a Caddy

In the United States and Canada, a caddie is usually a man or a boy who carries a golf bag to a player’s golf hole and returns the golf bag to the clubhouse after the player completes play. In Scotland, caddies are called “lads”.

The term caddy is thought to be derived from the word cadet, as the cadet carried the golf club and balls for the player. The word caddie derives from caddie, the Scottish diminutive of cadet. 

Caddies are a unique breed: they get paid to carry someone else’s bag and help them sink putts (while also getting in on the action themselves).

A caddy (or caddie) is a person who carries a golf player’s bag and clubs, and gives insightful advice and moral support. The position is a traditional part of the game, and most players hire caddies for their professional tournaments. 

How to be the most valuable caddy

The caddy is the most important person on the golf course. No, they do not hit the ball, but without them, the golfer is lost. The caddy is an apprentice. The caddy is a colleague. And the caddy is, sometimes, a friend.

The caddy is responsible for equipment, beverages, and snacks, and also needs to know who the players are, where they are, and their strengths & weaknesses. The caddy has to be prepared for anything, and needs to have all the information at hand. 

Be the most valuable caddy in your group. How do you go from being the worst caddy in the group to being the most valuable? You start by doing all of the following:

  • Do all the work without being asked. 
  • Do it quietly
  • Do it without complaining
  • Never brag about yourself
  • Don’t worry about the job you’re doing, just do it
  • Never make a big deal about anything
  • Don’t try to tell the players how to play their game
  • Don’t ask for a tip

How to make money as a caddy

If you’re thinking about caddying in the hopes of making some money, but don’t know where to start, don’t worry: you’re not alone. There are over 20,000 golf caddies in the US and almost that many in the world, making the golf industry one of the largest employers of caddies. However, just caddying on the course is not where you’ll get the best pay. 

As a caddy you’re responsible for carrying golfers’ bags, cleaning and polishing their clubs, and helping them pick the right club. This means that you have to be a decent golfer. There are no courses that hire caddies that are in your league or lower. You’re hired to help the golfer improve, so you have to be a little bit better than they are. The caddie master will have you fill out a form that asks you a lot of questions about your background, your golf game, and your background in caddying. After that, you’ll be interviewed by the head caddie master.

Gary Hodges

Gary Hodges

Gary Thompson founded GolfBoxy in 2020 to provide accessible golf advice for average players. An avid golfer of 15+ years, Gary draws on his own experience as a lifelong bogey golfer to offer practical tips and unbiased reviews focused on the needs of recreational players.


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