How To Become A Pro Golf Caddy
Becoming a professional golf caddy sounds like a great idea; but, you have no clue on how to get started. Professional golf caddies spend their time in the background. However, they are one of the most important parts of a pro golf game. Tiger Woods may not have had his success without the help of his golf caddy.
- Learn as much as you can about golf. Caddies advise and offer support to professional golf players and those looking to improve their game. If you are already knowledgeable about golf, apply at a nearby country club to gain experience. You will meet professional contacts and learn the ins and outs of being a caddy.
- Offer assistance whenever you can. Perhaps you live near a golf course. Even if a person doesn't play professionally, you can still gain experience through helping them out as a caddy. If you advise them about a certain technique that winds up a success, your name will get dropped to other players.
- Gain knowledge of how the rank system works. At private clubs and resorts caddies will start out as a "fresher." Freshers work at the bottom of the totem pole. However, they move up as they gain experience. Freshers going through the ranks want to reach the Intermediate level. After they have attained Intermediate status, they advance to Caption levels. Honour status follows Caption leading to highest ranking position--Championship. Championship levels take about three years to attain.
- Pay structure varies. The highest earners, those working for the greats such as Tiger Woods, bring home around $1,000 per week. They earn a percentage of the proceeds if the player wins their game and through various other means. Those working at private clubs and resorts earn less. However, they will not have to travel as much. Twenty-five percent of a professional caddie's salary pays for travel related expenses.
- You can get blamed if things go wrong for the professional player. Be careful of the advice you give. If it your words of wisdom get misinterpreted, you as the professional caddy, will suffer. Even if the golf pro misses the winning shot on his or her own, they will most likely look to you as the source of their mistake.