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Shut Up!: How Not To Caddy

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 04:  A caddie sleeps after play was suspended due to prevailing winds during the second round of the 2009 Australian Open at New South Wales Golf Club on December 4, 2009 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
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Larry SnarkvilleAnalyst IDecember 3, 2009

Good caddying has a lot to do with nuance. A caddy needs to know not only what to say—but more importantly—when to speak and when to not.

The quickest way to lose a good loop is to fail in the art of nuance.

George was a good caddy. He got all the best loops in the yard. Mostly, he got Norm.

Norm was good for eighty bucks. Just for his bag. Because we carry two bags, if you had Norm and one of his guests, you were looking square at “a buck-sixty.”

Unless you were about to blow it.

On this day, Norm fanned his tee shot right on the long par three, eigth hole at Somerset Hills (NJ). The errant tee shot went into and across the road that borders the right side of eight.

Out of bounds.

Now Norm’s a solid golfer—been playing his whole life. This is most definitely a “keep your mouth shut” moment from the caddy’s point of view. But George couldn’t help himself.

“You left the club face open,” commented George.

To which Norm replied, “If you want to give lessons, show up on Tuesdays and caddy for the ladies.”

George now caddies on Tuesdays.

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