Most frequently asked caddie questions

Kenny Harms
PGA Tour caddies answer the most frequently asked questions from our Caddie Network readers and followers. Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s a look at some of the most frequently asked caddie questions we get from our readers and social media followers here at The Caddie Network. Click any question below to reveal the answer directly from a PGA Tour caddie.

Most frequently asked caddie questions:

How do you become a PGA Tour caddie?
What advice do you have for someone looking to make a career as a caddie?
What’s one thing people absolutely must understand before pursuing a career as a professional tour caddie?
What’s the one thing you wish you knew about what being a tour caddie entailed before you became one?
Do you ever seek out local caddies for insight on the course and places to check out in that particular city?
Which are the most caddie-friendly tournaments on the PGA Tour?
What do caddies keep in the player’s bag for themselves?
How much money does a caddie make?
What are weekly expenses like – on average – to travel to a Tour stop?
How do you read a greens book?
What are the most important tools of the trade for a caddie?
What’s the greatest aspect of being a Tour caddie?
What’s the hardest part about being a Tour caddie?
How much does a staff bag weigh with all the gear you need in it?
What’s the most frequently asked question you get from people when you say you’re a professional caddie?
How do you properly rake a bunker?
Where should you stand when someone is putting?
Are there certifications or education/training requirements to be a caddie?
Do caddies ever get to veto a player’s decision?
Do caddies call their player ‘Pro,’ or by their first name?
What do caddies do with the bags between tournaments?
What do caddies do when their player misses the cut? Are they allowed to hang around?
What are some quick tips to being a good caddie?
Do PGA Tour caddies pay their own expenses?
What should a caddie wear?
Is there an association for PGA Tour caddies?
Do caddies have to be in good shape?
How do caddies get yardages?
Caddies cleaning clubs — What’s the right way?
What’s on the list of things a PGA Tour caddie does each week?
What is the biggest difference between an amateur and a professional?
Do PGA Tour caddies ever use a rangefinder?
Do caddies ever repair ball marks on greens?
Where should golfers stand when a player is swinging?
How often should you change your golf ball?
How many hours do you put in during a normal tournament week walking the course and double checking yardages?
How much brotherhood or friendliness is there between caddies during a round?
Assuming you have way more downtime than your pro, how do you prioritize those hours/stay out of trouble?
How do you get your player back into it mentally when they’ve had a bad round?
How much pre-event work do caddies actually do from getting yardages and chasing balls?
What’s the worst thing a golfer can do while using a caddie?
What one thing would you do to improve pace of play on Tour?
How much free stuff do you get and what’s a random expense that annoys you?





  1. Do tour caddies get asked out from chicks in the gallery?
    Any caddies ever marry chicks they meet at Tour events?

  2. In Golf Digest Morgan Hoffman stated that during tournaments he would write his phone number on golf balls and his caddie would then hand them to attractive ladies. How common is this on tour?

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