The overall responsibility of golf caddies is to make the game of golf more enjoyable for the golfers for whom they are caddying. The most basic job of a caddie is to carry a golfer’s bag and hand them clubs when they request them. But there are a number of other duties caddies have, such as tending the pin, replacing divots and determining yardages between the ball and the green. Here are a few tips to assure that you are doing everything you need to do as a caddie.
Make sure you have a pencil, scorecard, and towel. Before the round of begins, grab some tees from the bag, as well as some balls, so you do not have to dig for them should they be necessary later. Ask the golfer if there is anything specific you should do during the round.
Have the Clubs Ready
Place the bottom of the golf bag on the ground and hold the top away from your body. Depending on your height, the top of the clubs should be at about your waist. Presenting the clubs in such a fashion allows the golfer to easily select the clubs they want to use. Do this before each shot, except on the green.
Clean Clubs and Balls
Carry a towel and wipe off clubs after each shot, and wipe balls when they are on the green or between holes. Additionally, many courses have hand-operated club and ball cleaners at the beginning of holes. Use these to further clean clubs and balls.
Be Ready to Rake
Caddies are responsible for keeping sand traps and bunkers raked. The rakes are located next to the bunkers and should be used after golfers hit their balls out of them. Rake all parts of the bunker the golfers disturb.
Watch the Ball
While most golfers will hit their ball, then watch to see where it lands, you should too. If golfers do not see where their balls land, caddies should be able to show them.
Maintain the Golf Course
This involves replacing the divots golfers create when they hit the ground as well as their ball. When that happens, chunks of grass may fly a short distance. Caddies should retrieve these chunks of grass and put them back in place. Golfers can take divots on fairways or in the rough.
Tend the Pin
Caddies should be ready to tend or remove the pin when golfers are putting. Pins need to be tended when the ball is in such a location that golfers have trouble seeing the hole. To tend a pin, stand near it with one hand on it. Remove the pin after the putt has been hit. If the ball is close enough to the hole so the golfer can see it while putting, the pin can be removed right away.
Stand in the Right Place
When golfers are hitting their shots, caddies should be out of the way, and standing completely still and silent. Any movement can throw off a shot. On the green, caddies must be cognizant of where they stand and make sure they do not walk on the imaginary lines between balls and holes.
Wear the Proper Attire
While most caddies will be given a uniform, they should plan to wear collared shirts and khaki pants or shorts. It is also a good idea to wear a brimmed hat to keep the sun off of your face, and a pair of comfortable, well-kept gym shoes for the long walk around the course.