Caddies add something to round of golf
Caddies are now a rarity at most clubs, but it is nice to occasionally get the chance to walk a course and to utilize their talents to help you enjoy the round of golf.
Illustrative picture - Paula Creamer of the USA clowns around with her caddie Colin Cann during a pro-am prior to the start of the HSBC Women's Champions at the Tanah Merah Country Club on March 4, 2009 in Singapore (Photo by Isifa/Getty Images)
One of my most memorable rounds came at the Pinehurst Country Club No. 2 Course when I worked for Golf Digest. I just listened to my caddie about the club selections and where to putt the ball and was having one of my best days ever without realizing it.
On the 15th hole, he said, “Make this putt and you have a good chance of shooting in the 60s.” Well, that was probably the wrong thing to say. I tensed up and didn't even come close to making the birdie. Then I bogied the next hole when I elected not to take the caddie's advice, going with a fairway wood instead of the safer 4-iron for my second shot on the par 5. That led to a bogey. Pars on the final two holes did enable me to shoot a 71.
Getting the caddies' viewpoints about golfers seemed like a good idea and so let me share with you some of the exchanges between golfers and their caddies heard over the years.
Golfer: “You've got to be the worst caddie in the world.”
Caddie: “I don't think so as that would be too much of a coincidence.”
Golfer: “I think I'm going to drown myself in the lake.”
Caddie: “Think you can keep your head down that long?”
Golfer: “I'd move heaven and earth to break 100 on this course."
Caddie: “Try heaven, you've already moved most of the earth.”
Golfer: “Do you think my game is improving?”
Caddie: “Yes sir, you miss the ball a lot closer now.”
Golfer: “Do you think I can get there with a 5-iron?”
Golfer: “Please, stop checking your watch. It's too much of a distraction.”
Caddie: “It's not a watch, It's a compass.”
Golfer: “Do you think it is a sin to play on Sunday?”
Caddie: “The way you play, it's a sin on any day.”
Golfer: “This is the worst course “I've ever played.”
Caddie: “This isn't the golf course. We left it an hour ago.”
If you ever get the chance to use a caddie, try to remember not to give him any more fodder.
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