How To Become A Professional Caddy?
Unfortunately, caddies are few and far between these days. More and more courses are opting for carts and golf GPSs over the cost of employing full-time caddies. But while the job that inspired one of the greatest comedies of all time might be o the decline that is not to say that it is completely over.
Some country clubs still use the services of caddies, and of course, if you are really good at the job, there is always work to be had on the big tours.
If you are in love with the game of golf (and if you are reading this, my bet is that you are) then perhaps the freedom of earning your money on the links is something to consider. No, I can’t tell you how to get on the PGA tour (not as a player, anyway) but I can tell you how to become a professional caddy. Read on to find out!
What you will need
Fortunately, the process of becoming a professional caddy does not require many materials.
Here’s what you will need:
1. Physical/Mental Fortitude
If you love golf being a professional caddy will probably be a joyous experience for you but that’s not to say that it will be easy. Carrying a golf bag around a course all day is physically strenuous.Keep in mind that an average eighteen hole loop requires six miles worth of walking.
2. A Computer
You are also going to need a computer to get a little bit of research done.
3. A Participating Course
As I said earlier, courses that embrace the tradition of caddies are few and far between these days. You will need to find one that still does.
So how is it done?
Now that we know what you will need let’s take a look the steps you will need to take to land a caddy gig.
Step 1: Do your research
You are definitely going to want to research courses that still use caddies but you should also look into something called the Professional Caddies Association.If you are a young caddy to be they can help you get apprentices and scholarships that will help you get a good head start in your future career.
Step 2: Get some experience
If you are going to make it as a caddy on one of the big tours you will need to get some experience first. That’s where researching local courses that still use caddies comes into play. While unfortunately, it will probably be hard to financially sustain yourself working as a caddy at a local country club for the rest of your life, it is a good way to get your foot in the door.
Run loops, earn tip money, and in the process, learn how to read greens and determine what the wind conditions are like. You can even throw some grass in the air like they do on TV.
Step 3: Know the rules
Golf is famous (or maybe infamous is the better word) for having an overly complicated, and certainly unnecessarily thick rule book. It’s definitely not an exciting read but if you are going to make it as a caddy on one of the big tours it is something you are going to have to study pretty extensively.
Tournaments have been won and lost due to obscure rule violations. While most high-level players are very familiar with the rule book, they still expect their caddies to be able to help ensure they are carding an honest rule complying score.
Step 4: Work On your own game
You don’t have to become better than your pro (though if you do, I would certainly recommend cashing in on that) but you should keep your golf instincts sharp. Regular play will help you to focus on everything you need to think about in order to help your pro play to the best of their abilities.
Step 5: Star small
The game’s best aren’t going to consider you an option until you have paid your dues. Once you have picked up a little bit of experience at your local courses or tournaments and you have determined that caddying is something you will want to consider for a full-time job you will be ready to start looking for a job with a touring professional. Just not a professional from the tour you dreamed about.
There are many developmental tours for high-level players who are on track to joining the LPGA or PGA tours. Once you have built a resume, do some research and try and figure out which developmental tour players could use a new face on the bag. If you have a little bit of experience and show some confidence you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a job.
Just remember that the money on the developmental tour isn’t going to be great. Professional caddy’s salaries are always determined by how well their player is doing, but even the best golfers on the developmental tours aren’t turning much of a profit, which means you won’t be either.
Just put in your time, get used to the lifestyle, and hope that opportunities continue to present themselves.
It’s definitely cool to be a caddy, but that doesn’t mean that it is easy. If you are comfortable spending forty weeks out of the year on the road, never knowing how much money you are going to make then perhaps the life of a looper is for you. If not, it may be time to consider a cubicle job.
For those that do appreciate the lifestyle, looping is a wonderful tradition that you can now be a part of. Now that you know how to become a professional caddy, the only thing left is to do it. You’ll be glad you did.
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