Duties of a Caddy

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Golf is a game of traditions. Therefore, if you want to become a caddy, it's important that you understand exactly what the job entails. A caddy's duties can be wide-ranging and may depend on the golfer that the caddy is working for. However, several duties are common for nearly all caddies.

Carry the Bag

  • All golf caddies must carry the golfer's bag. If you caddy at a private golf club, you may even be assigned to two golfers, in which case you must carry two bags. When carrying the bag, you must clean and put away clubs as the golfer puts a club back into the bag. Some golfers like to pull out a club from the bag themselves, while others will tell the caddy to give them a particular club. In addition to cleaning clubs, a caddy should also clean a player's ball at the beginning of each hole.

Raking Bunkers and Sand Traps

  • Raking a bunker or sand trap is a matter of courtesy. If a golfer leaves sand unraked, the next player that lands in the sand may have an unfair lie. Therefore, raking sand must be done immediately after the golfer takes the shot. After the golfer walks out of a bunker or sand trap, a caddy must rake up the sand as evenly as possible.

Determining Yardage

  • One important job of a caddy is determining yardage for the golfer. Depending on the situation, this is done is several ways. Some caddies must determine yardage by walking from a yardage marker and counting the number of yards between the marker and the ball. Other caddies are provided with GPS devices to help them locate exact yardage. Caddies should also know where the pin is placed on the green and provide the golfer with an accurate estimate of yardage to the flag stick.

Replace Divots

  • When golfers swing down on a ball in the fairway, divots, or chunks of grass, are often taken out of the ground. It is proper golf etiquette for these divots to be replaced. The caddy must pick up the chunk of grass and put it back where it was originally located.

Tending the Pin

  • When a golfer is on a green, or just off of the green, the caddy must tend the pin. If a golfer is chipping from just off of the green, the caddy should stand near the pin and remove it if the ball has a chance to go in. When a golfer is putting, the caddy should remove the pin until the golfer has finished the hole. Once the hole is finished, the caddy should put the pin back in the hole.

Helping With Golf Shots

  • Advanced caddies can help a golfer with golf shots in several ways. When putting, a caddy can help read a green. When hitting a ball off the tee or from the fairway, a caddy can help with club selection. Finally, a caddy should have intimate knowledge of a course. This knowledge can be used to help a golfer decide what kind of shot to make.

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