More about the Day in the Life of a Golf Caddy

Ahhh… the day in the life of a golf caddie- you wake up and head to the golf course in your golfing attire. You meet your client on the green and this is how you’ll spend your day. But what are your duties as a caddy? your duties include carrying the golf bag, pulling carts, choosing proper clubs for certain shots, cleaning balls, raking sand traps, lining up putts, predicting wind speeds and directions, reading green slopes, filling divots, tending holes, locating balls, marking holes, keeping accurate score, advising about golf rules and terms, and helping the boss to have the best day on the course. You’ll have your work cut out for you that’s for sure. Be prepared for a long work day, but if you like golf you’ll also have fun and get plenty of exercise. Here’s the one thing-you can make or break a golfer’s day with giving timed advice and the right moral support. You may be the victim if a putt goes left or an eagle becomes a bogey. But if you’re a good golf caddy you can be the shining star for your client. Caddies know the ins and outs of the game, the course, and the rules. Did you know that you can begin to caddie when you are only a teenager? The cool thing is that you don’t need any experience, just the desire to be a caddy. Most caddies begin on a volunteer basis. Some caddies take online caddie courses or take training with the Professional Caddie...

The Continuing Debate-Is Golf a Sport? Part III

* Played Nationwide: Golf used to be a sport played solely by people from the United Kingdom and the US. Today the game his played by people all over the world. * Time and commitment: This is the part of golf that’s often misunderstood. Simply put…This is the one sport you just can’t pick up and instantly become good at. All other sports are adaptable with simple coordination and athleticism, but the golf swing is such an unaccustomed motion that it is near impossible to know how to do right away. If you have decided golf is the sport for you, count on many days of practice before you even get halfway good at the game. You will spend tons of time practicing and still might not be any good. Plan on spending at least 20-30 hours a week practicing if you want to be good at this sport. Golf is a different sport, unlike any other-it will take thousands of hours for you to be decent as an amateur. Want to be a pro? Plan on a lot of time and patience. For those who think golf isn’t a sport, it’s simply a matter of opinion. Ask any professional golfer and see what they say. If you truly love the game then nothing will stop you, whether it’s a sport or not. If you want to play for the fun of it that’s ok too. If you want to become a pro earning millions of dollars you will need time and money to invest in your...

The Continuing Debate-Is Golf a Sport? Part II

* Physically straining: Many people think that the game of golf doesn’t require much exertion. Golf happens to be a physical sport. A typical game involves walking 5 miles while lugging a 30 pound golf bag for at least 4 hours. And let’s talk about the swing- it does a number on your spine with all the twists and turns. All those twists and turns take a toll and require dexterity and athleticism. * Skill: Hitting a golf ball involves an unsurmountable amount of coordination. The difficulty is that it’s a skill-based game, and there’s so much more to it. You can enjoy a good game of golf but it helps to have natural ability and talent. Touch is the magic ingredient to be able to chip the ball. Every green is different and all chips require a somewhat different approach. Reading the green is another underestimated skill in golf. Players need to figure out how their putt will behave before a putting a stroke on the ball. Putting is the most important aspect in separating the pros from the amateurs. * Big bucks: Just like other professional athletes, professional golfers make a lot of dough. The best in the world can make up to $10 million a year from tournament winnings, not counting the huge sponsorship money. So you think golf isn’t a sport? If you’re going to play a sport it may as well be golf. You can make a lot of money even into you...