Nevertheless, not many golf observers actually believe that the right caddie can turn an average player into a competitor. The game is about making that shot, and the top players would not lose their positions if they exchanged caddies with the slackers. However, tournaments are frequently decided by a single shot, so players incline to stick with their caddies if everyone gets along.
Often it’s hard to differentiate the brains of the caddy from the golfer’s skills. Let’s take Bruce Edwards for example: he worked with golfer Tom Watson for 28 years and is one of the few caddies to break into public consciousness. In 2003, he caddied Watson through an extraordinary opening-round 65 at the U.S. Open.
If you choose the right pro fame might be a long shot, but the money is good. A typical paycheck for a caddie is anywhere from $800.00 to $1,000.00 a week and up to 15 percent of the pros winnings. At the height of his career with Tiger Woods, Steve Williams raked in more than $1 million per year.
If you want to be a looper the Professional Caddies Association offers an online course, and often get requests for referrals. If you can get with a real star you’re lucky. Most top golfers choose college teammates or close friends as their caddy.