FAQ: What are some quick tips to being a good caddie?

Caddie Matt Minister and Patrick Cantlay. Credit: Joe Maiorana-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.

Caddies are a humble breed who deflect recognition by nature. But there’s a reason they’re looping at the highest level in golf on the PGA Tour — it’s because they’re really, really good at what they do. We asked Patrick Cantlay’s caddie Matt Minister to give us some quick tips to being a good caddie.

What are some quick tips to being a good caddie?

Minister: An old saying goes, there is no such thing as a “good” caddie. There are caddies and bad caddies. That probably wasn’t a joke when it was first thought of, but I would hope today there are only quality caddies working on the tour. Some of the important aspects of caddying are listening, attentiveness, assertiveness and being prompt. I feel that the best to ever do the job give the player what they need to shine. You barely hear the best and rarely see them. They have answers when needed, but the best players in the world know what to do. Give them the information and watch them shine!

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