Most golfers have never experienced a Caddie carrying their bag for a round of golf. Actually, I was one of those people until recently joining the Caddie Club of Dallas staff. Having a Caddie on the bag really is a different experience. Plus, what I found was the caddie experience does produce a much more enjoyable round of golf.
So, why don’t more people use caddies?
This question usually is asked immediately after someone has experienced using a caddie for a round of golf. Most of the time the answer has to do with the expense of a caddie on top of the already high green fees which, in a down turning economy, is a justifiable concern.
Still, there are times in every golfer’s life where the splurge to experience the ultimate in a round of golf produces a very memorable adventure.
Too Much Effort
Yes, there are millions of people who, for physical and health reasons, cannot walk the golf course. Then, of course, there are many who can walk the golf course but will not for a number of reasons. Let’s face it, many golfers like the thought of tooling around in a golf cart. There are some cases where having a cart does speed things up like when you leave your JD on the rocks on the bar and need a golf cart to run back quickly to get it.
The fact remains more people should walk the course for, at the very least, the physical exercise which has proven to improve a person’s golf game. Using a caddie takes the weight of the bag off the player’s shoulder so they can focus on the golf swing and the game.
Of course, there are also those who think playing with caddies produces slow play. I am sure that has happen, however Caddie Club of Dallas studies performed over the past five years show that rounds of golf where each player has a trained professional caddie produces a round of golf that is at least 15 minutes faster than a foursome riding double in a cart.
Trained caddies work as a team. Throughout the round the caddies in a group will move down the fairway on difficult holes, ahead of their players, to become forecaddies. They watch for any errand shots, locate the ball and will be ready with all the info the player needs to make the next shot before the player arrives.
Pace of play is the caddie’s worry, not the player’s..and believe me, they do a good job of keeping things moving.
Closer Relationship with Friends or Clients
One of the benefits I found from recently using a caddie during a round of business golf was how much more time I had to talk to the other players..not business talk..just general talk.
The caddies take a lot of the pressure off from wondering where the ball went and what distance the next shot will be. The work a caddie does allows for more time to have casual discussions with the other players. THe more casual talk during a round of golf makes for more of an opportunity to get to know the person or persons you are playing with. All of this extra time makes for a memorable experience.
One type of caddie becoming more popular for groups of golfers is the Forecaddie. This is one caddie for a group of golfers who are riding in carts. The caddie works for each player. Keeps their clubs clean, holds their clubs after they have made their shot and then runs forward down the fairway to spot each players ball off the tee.
The forecaddie serves as a very affordable and exciting experience for a foursome. Plus, it gives the players who have never used a caddie a taste of what a caddie can do for a golfer.
There are a lot of reasons to use a caddie but the most important one is Wanting To use a caddie. I suggest you try it once or twice..or three times a year and if you live in the North Texas Area, I recommend you give The Caddie Club of Dallas a shout. Who knows, I might even show up to greet you. Let me know how I can help.