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7 tips for amateurs to play better golf, from PGA Tour caddies



PGA Tour caddies have a front row seat every week to watch the best golfers in the world practice and play. If PGA Tour players are the heads chefs, then the caddies are their Sous Chefs; they help players prepare and execute week-in and week-out.

They know the ins and outs of how PGA Tour players approach the game, and they know how the proverbial sauce is made.

Caddies are also known for having especially grounded perspectives on golf and golfers, in general. They’ve seen it all, and they’ve looped for players ranging from complete beginners to the world’s best.

If you want to play better golf, it’s often best to listen to your caddie, and that even applies to PGA Tour players, too.

In recent months, GolfWRX has started a new series called the “Caddie Corner,” where we pepper a different PGA Tour caddie every week with various questions. During each interview, we’ve asked every caddie the same question: “Based on your time on the PGA Tour, what advice would you have for amateur golfers to improve their games.”

Below is a compilation of their answers, thus far.

Reynolds Robinson (caddie for Joseph Bramlett)

Play within your means. Don’t try to hit the hero shot, just focus more on course management than you do on spectacular shots. If I had the swing to go with the knowledge I had now, I’d be a hell of a player. I just don’t have the swing these guys do. The one thing I learn from these guys is that even though they have the shots, they’ve learned how to manage their way around the golf course when it’s not looking good. They won’t take the hero shot. They’ll make the smart play. So for amateurs, play within yourself and don’t make the hero play, just manage the course and you’ll probably save a lot of strokes over the course of a round.

Gerald “G.W.” Cable (Kevin Chappell’s caddie)

Ideally, it’s the time you put in. I feel like, at least a lot of the amateurs I’ve been around, they think it should just happen overnight. And it’s just not the way it is. You just have to be a little gentle on yourself. People expect a lot, and I get it, but it’s just unrealistic. At the end of the day, if you put in the time you’re gonna get better, in my opinion. You see how it is out here, these guys work their butts off, and they still, they’re not the best all time. So it’s like, you gotta give yourself a break. But that’s all. If you put in the time, you’ll get better. There’s no secrets. Put in the work.

Derell Aton (caddie for D.A. Points)

I just think to let loose and be free. I think everybody is too tight, including myself. When you’re more free and not trying as hard in a sense, which is hard to do because we’re perfectionists, but I think you’ll hit better shots.

Kurtis Kowaluk (caddie for Brendon Todd)

I think it’s time spent. You can’t play once a month and be good. That’s exactly it. If you’re going to only have a game every month, or one game every couple weeks, you have to be doing something small so the club isn’t a foreign object in your hand. It’s not easy. These guys are failing all the time. I always am teaching my girlfriend to golf, and we’ve been together 3.5 years. She didn’t know what a birdie was at first, but now she’ll hit two good ones in a row, and then hit one way offline get mad. But I use the term “Embrace the Suck.” Embrace that you suck, and with that I’m saying golf is hard. It’s not going to help getting mad, you just have to put the time into it to make small improvements.

Shannon “Shan” Wallis (Jonas Blixt’s caddie)

Don’t be like a professional golfer. You know, you’re not going to be like ‘em. Yeah, just don’t be like a professional golfer. If you’re playing off a 27 (handicap), you’re shit at golf. Just play and have fun, have a few beers.

Shay Knight (Viktor Hovland’s caddie)

That’s a really good question. It’s so difficult because there’s so many players out there who are trying to make a name for themselves and have this opportunity in life to play on the PGA Tour. You have to work your butt off, both on the course and off the course. Just be patient with it. There’s so many times I see so many golfers, they push the buttons in terms of trying to hit the perfect shot every single time. Golf’s not a game of perfect. These players, they hit bad shots, but the thing they do really well is they get out of that situation very quickly, and they put themselves in the right position to get back to score. Whether they’ve made a bogey, or whether they’ve made a few, they don’t panic. They just go out and continue doing what they’re doing, and continue playing golf and staying patient.

Zak Smith (caddie for Martin Trainer)

Practice your short game. I know it’s probably been beat in your head a lot, but it’s crazy how many times these pros get up and down from places where most amateurs would make double bogey, and the pros make par. That’s the big thing.

To read more from the caddies, check out GolfWRX’s “Caddie Corner.”

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.



  1. Paul

    Apr 29, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    What I’m getting from the articles with caddie interviews and advice is there is a reason we never hear from caddies. Caddie advice to avoid sunburn: stay out of the sun. Yes, thank you.

  2. Leo

    Apr 29, 2022 at 7:31 am

    I’ve Embraced the Suck for years… and I still suck!

  3. CodeCrimzon

    Apr 27, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    Lame. I wanted someone to tell me to buy a new driver.

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