The Checklist of Do’s and Don’ts
Caddies are supposed to be there to help your game not hinder it.
Although they shouldn’t, many golfers get nervous the first time they use a caddie but they aren’t their to judge you on the range. They’re there to get a better understanding of the distance your clubs fly, key information that will help them give you good advice during the round.
This check list of do’s and don’ts should help caddie newbies feel more at ease and enjoy the whole experience.
- DO: Allow the caddie to drive or ride on the back of your cart. Most caddies will want to ride on the back of your cart on holes with long distances between tees and greens. Caddies are also quite useful driving the cart if you want to walk parts of the course.
- DON’T: Worry about how you are playing. Don’t throw clubs or throw a mini-tantrum if you are stinking up the joint. Smile and laugh it off. Your caddie has seen worse players. Have a good time!
- DO: Offer to buy the caddie a drink and/or snack during the round. Caddies spend more than four hours serving you. Any human would get thirsty (or hungry) during that time frame. It’s only polite to offer to purchase something for them.
- DON’T: Ask the caddie to hit a shot. Many caddies are good sticks, but don’t ask them to show you. Most just want to finish the round and head home. Plus, they could get in trouble.
- DO: Recommend your caddie to friends. Caddies only get paid if they loop. The more loops, the better. If you like your caddie, recommend them to your friends.
- DON’T: Ask the caddie what you should tip them. It’s an awkward situation for both you and the caddie if you ask about tipping expectations. The best policy is to find out beforehand.
- DO: Get advice. They know the course – use that to your advantage. They will not just give yardages but also advice on different ways to play the hole, things to watch out for, lines to go for.
Most importantly, just be yourself! Don’t play or act any differently just because you’re using a caddie.