FAQ: Assuming you have way more downtime than your pro, how do you prioritize those hours/stay out of trouble?

You might think that caddie have a lot more downtime than their caddies, but as we learned — that’s not necessarily the case at all. Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Through our readers and social media followers here at The Caddie Network, we often receive questions related to the caddie profession. We’ve collected the most frequently asked questions from our readers and followers and tasked actual PGA Tour caddies to serve up the answers based on their experiences. Here are the answers — from PGA Tour caddies — to the questions we most often receive from you.

This is a classic case of the “do not assume” adage. Perception isn’t reality, as they say. While there’s no doubt players have tons of demand for their time — especially those at the top of the world ranking — it certainly doesn’t mean that the caddie is essentially on vacation aside from the 4-5 hours per round once the tournament starts, as we learned after posing this next reader-submitted question to a veteran PGA Tour caddie.

Assuming you have way more downtime than your pro, how do you prioritize those hours/stay out of trouble?

That assumption is wrong.

At tournament sites, I usually don’t have more downtime than my pro. Not only am I there assisting him and his practice, I usually do extra work on the golf course. Age has definitely helped staying out of trouble at night because I am in bed before 9 p.m.

But this is a serious business with high stakes. As such, the players expect a lot from their caddies and the caddies expect a lot from themselves.

Do you have more caddie questions? We have more caddie answers. From “How many hours do you put in during a normal tournament week walking the course and double checking yardages?” to “How much brotherhood or friendliness is there between caddies during a round?,” our pros have you covered with loads of answers to these FAQs – just click here.


  1. Because golf is a two person game, golfer and Addie, why isn’t the caddies name on the apron they wear. Also, why don’t the caddies receive a trophy when the golfer gets one, the caddie was part of the win too. Doesn’t have to be a large trophy.

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