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The art of the caddie

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THE CADDIE: a person hired to carry a player’s clubs, find the ball, etc. A caddie is so much more than its dictionary definition, however. I am a caddie, carrying for different members at a local country club, and it is a job I would not change for anything. Caddying is an art.

Caddies first appeared in 1817 in Edinburgh, Scotland. They were doing the same as we do now, carrying golf clubs and helping a golfer make their way around the course. The job of caddying really has not changed in 202 years.

In those 202 years, we have seen, in my opinion, the best golf movie ever made, “Caddyshack.” We have seen a 10-year-old caddie win the 1913 U.S. Open, carrying for the amateur Francis Ouimet. We have seen caddie races at TPC Scottsdale, and a TV analyst who has helped his player win five major championships (his name is Jim “Bones” Mackay). The golf caddie is so fascinating because it has such a deep and long history. It is a job where you can start as young as 12 years old, but where you can equally be 71, like Mike “Fluff” Cowan.

Speaking from experience, a caddie does so many more things than just carrying clubs and finding yardages. If you are a caddie who plays a lot of golf, you discuss different shots with the player you are looping for. How much will the wind affect the ball? Where do you want to miss? Do you want the ball coming out with a high or low trajectory? You also must read putts, and depending on the green, this can be extremely difficult.

However, more important than carrying the clubs and talking out different shots is the social part of caddying. As a caddie it is important to get to know your player. You must spark conversation for a full loop and keep your player in it mentally. I always say golf is 60 percent mental and 40 percent physical, and as a caddie, you must make sure your player is focused. The caddie cannot let their player get too mad when they are not playing well. As a caddie, you are the only person who can talk to your player and keep them under control so they can shoot their best score possible. On the other hand, when your player does well, you celebrate with them. For those four hours on the course, as you can see, a caddie must be a fantastic multitasker.

Caddying is a job that can open so many doors. It can teach a young caddie a multitude of life skills, and for professional caddies, it allows them to be around and interact with the best golfers in the world. To sum it up, a caddie must be different than every other person on the golf course.

For me, caddying is one of the best jobs in the world because I am doing the same thing as a boy my age 202 years ago.

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My name is Todd Daugherty, and I am a high school golfer that has an extremely large passion for the game of golf. Golf is a game of variety. Any aspect of it, whether it is shots, clubs, etc., involves variety. You can have a green-side shot that is just as difficult as a 200-yard 4-iron shot, and that is why I love the game. I currently have a YouTube channel named TMD Golf, where I upload a weekly golf podcast talking about the tour, new equipment, and anything in-between. I also upload a weekly vlog that could include videos of me playing, doing reviews, doing challenges, and just anything a golfer would love. I also have a passion for writing about this great game. There are so many different stories that can come from a simple, yet complicated game. Creating golf content is something I love doing very much, and I hope others can appreciate it as much as I do!

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  1. sam

    Jul 30, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    You bio at the bottom is longer than the first two paragraphs.

  2. christian

    Jul 30, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    You bio at the bottom is longer than the first two paragraphs. That says everything.

  3. christian

    Jul 30, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    This is barely a page so why even post it? I want to read more about being a caddie. How about interviewing caddies? Seeing what caddie life is like on tour. Off tour. In between tours. What caddies had the right advice on a shot and the player nailed it? or times when it went wrong like with John Rahm and the player didn’t listen. You could do so much with this article and instead its just basic generic information that doesn’t leave me wanting to know more. I WANT TO KNOW MORE. Don’t just write a story, tell a story. And theres literally no story here.

  4. Leezer99

    Jul 30, 2019 at 11:52 am

    > For those four hours on the course, as you can see, a caddie must be a fantastic multitasker.

    Four hours? LOL

  5. Geoffrey Holland

    Jul 29, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Just wanted to say that this was a very well written article and I enjoyed it. Also a very impressed with the lack of errors such as punctuation, grammar, and spelling that usually pop up in articles on this site.
    It’s nice to see an eighteen-year-old actually caring about proofreading and making sure an article is written correctly. Best of luck with your caddying and your golfing.

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Watch for players lofting up at altitude at the WGC-Mexico Championship

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This week, at the PGA Tour’s WGC-Mexico Championship, we are going to watch some of the best and longest players on the planet play what will effectively be one of the shortest courses on tour.

Now, 7,341 yards is by no means a cakewalk, and there are shorter courses from a pure yardage perspective played on tour—Harbour Town, as an example, only plays at 7,099 yards from the very back. The difference is Harbour Town is played at sea level while Club de Golf Chapultepec is at over 7,500 feet of elevation, and when you factor in the altitude difference between the two courses, they play very differently—more on the math in a moment.

The altitude will also factor in how some players will be setting up their equipment and we could see some adjustments. The most obvious is lofting up the driver or fairways woods to increase carry, which is something Tiger Woods specifically mentioned last year.

The biggest misconception when talking about playing golf at altitude is that the ball doesn’t spin the same in thinner air and players “loft up” to maintain spin. Let’s get into the physics to bust this “spinning less” myth and simplify the science behind playing at altitude,

The golf ball is an inanimate object, and it has no idea it’s at altitude; the air will not have an impact on how much the ball will actually spin. Yes, increasing loft should, by almost every imaginable measure, increase spin but the air it travels through will not change the spin rate.

However, playing at altitude has an effect, Let’s break down what happens

  • Thinner air exerts less drag force (resistance/friction) on the ball. The ball moves more easily through this less dense air and won’t decelerate as quickly as it flies. But note that the faster an object moves the more drag force will occur
  • Less resistance also means that it is harder to shape shots. So you when you see Shot Tracer, the pros are going to be hitting it even straighter (this makes Tiger’s fairway bunker shot last year even more unbelievable)
  • Less force = less lift, the ball will fly lower and on a flatter trajectory

Time for some math from Steve Aoyama, a Principal Scientist at Titleist Golf Ball R&D (full piece here: The Effect of Altitude on Golf Ball Performance)

“You can calculate the distance gain you will experience (compared to sea level) by multiplying the elevation (in feet) by .00116. For example, if you’re playing in Reno, at 1 mile elevation (5,280 ft.) the increase is about 6% (5,280 x .00116 = 6.1248). If you normally drive the ball 250 yards at sea level, you will likely drive it 265 yards in Reno.”

Not every player will be making changes to their bag, and some will instead focus on the types of shots they are hitting instead. When speaking to Adam Scott earlier this week, I was able to ask if he planned on making any changes heading into Mexico the week after his win at the Genesis Invitational.

“It’s very rare for me to make club changes week-to-week beyond playing in the Open Championship and adding a longer iron. The one thing I focus on when playing at altitude is avoiding partial shots where I’m trying to reduce the spin because as spin goes down the ball doesn’t want to stay in the air. I’ve experienced partial shots with longer clubs that end up 25 yards short, and because of that I want to hit as many full shots as possible”

With Club de Golf Chapultepec sitting just over 7,800 feet above sea level, we’re looking at 9.048 or an increase of just over 9 percent. That makes this 7,341-yard course play 6,677 yards (+/- where the tees are placed).

 

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The Gear Dive: Urban Golf Performance owner Mac Todd

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In this episode of The Gear Dive brought to you by Fujikura, Johnny chats again with his old pal Mac Todd Owner and Operator of Urban Golf Performance in Los Angeles. They cover the growth of the business, what the new Club member experience may look like and much much more.

Check out the full podcast on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes or here to listen on Spotify.

Want more GolfWRX Radio? Check out our other shows (and the full archives for this show) below. 

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The Gear Dive WITB Edition: Adam Scott

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In this WITB edition of The Gear Dive, Johnny chats with JJ VanWezenbeeck and Aaron Dill of Titleist Golf on the ins and outs of Genesis Invitational Champion Adam Scott’s setup.

Adam Scott WITB details below

Driver: Titleist TS4 (10.5 degrees, A1 SureFit setting, 2-gram weight)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 80 X

  • Scott put the Kuro Kage in play this week. Per Titleist’s J.J. VanWezenbeeck, “Adam Scott switched to the TS4 driver at the ZoZo Championship due to head size, shape, and improved launch to spin ratios. This week, after discussions with Adam, he went to a shaft he had previously played for increased stability. He felt the shaft went a little far and he lost head feel. We went on course with lead tape to get the feels to match up then weighted the head to preferred swing weight after testing.”

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (16.5 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Rombax P95 X

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (3-iron), Titleist 680 (4-9 irons)
Shafts: KBS Tour 130 X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (48.08F, 52.08F, 56.10S), Vokey Design SM8 WedgeWorks (60.06K)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT Tour Issue X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron Xperimental Prototype Rev X11 (long)

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Scott marks his ball with dots in the pattern of the Southern Cross, which is featured on the Australian flag.

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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