Caddies offer up tips for staying cool and dry in hot, humid conditions

Will Zalatoris with caddie/Gillette 72 Club member Ryan Goble. Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Gillette allows you to stay prepared for whatever comes in life, keeps you dry, allows you to stay fresh until that 72 holes is up, allows people to focus on their lives without the stress of potentially sweating — just like caddies help pros focus on their golf rounds – and continues to deliver on its promise of freshness during high-pressure moments. Just like caddies help keep players calm during these moments. Gillette 72 Club caddie members Matt Minister and Ryan Goble told us how they prepare for all these situations on the course.

Tune in to any event on a major golf tour and – with few exceptions – it’s obvious that most major tours follow the sun. A perpetual summer that makes any golf fan envious.

While fans might have a tinge of jealousy as they’re curled up in front of the fireplace watching the world’s best golfers take on courses in impossibly beautiful locales like Maui and Oahu during those cold winter months, there’s certainly some self-care preparation for caddies that happens before they pick up the bag.

Walking along hilly terrain in the hot sun while lugging around a 35-40 lb. staff bag certainly isn’t the most comfortable thing in the world. But there are some things caddies do to try and stay comfortable.

“Hydration is so important,” caddie Ryan Goble, a Gillette Club 72 member, said. “I drink tons of water before I even get to the course. To protect my head and face, I opt for a bucket hat. I also wear white as much as possible so not to attract the sun. Lastly on the course, I find shade whenever possible.”

Longtime caddie Matt Minister, also a 72 Club member, went so far as to say, “staying cool is the key to success on the course.”

So, what does he do to that end?

“I carry multiple bottles of water, usually with one of them having an electrolyte added to boost hydration,” Minister said. “I try and place the bag in the shade when convenient. I carry extra towels in case we need to wet one to cool down and then one to dry off. Very rarely does it get that extreme, but you must be prepared. I have worked in the past for a player that carried a sun umbrella and it worked incredibly well. They aren’t popular on the men’s tour, but I see many on the women’s tour.”

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