“Fire you caddie!” This is something I’ve said to my competitive juniors while on the golf course during a playing lesson. It’s usually met with a puzzled look because they’re never sure what I mean. I’ll follow up my original statement by asking them to identify their caddie, knowing full well that they won’t be able to do it. I’ll finally come clean and point out to them that for all intents and purposes, they are their own caddie. This realization will drive home the point I was trying to make in the first place – that young golfers often say and do things that they wouldn’t tolerate if someone else – a caddie for example – were doing or saying the same things.
What a Good Caddie Would Do
Anyone that’s been around the game understands how important a caddie can be and how many things that a good caddie can do to help his or her player perform well. Here’s a list of what would be expected from a caddie:
In contrast, I’ve seen countless examples of junior golfers who say and do exactly the opposite and think nothing of it. Here are some actual examples I’ve witnessed on the course in junior golf tournaments:
In golf, there are many things beyond our control, but our actions, words, and internal dialogue are well within our control. As long as a junior golfers carry their own bags, it only makes sense that they learn how to be the best caddie possible…one that is truly helpful.