Life as a caddie: Understanding the golfer, course and approach

Life as a caddie: Understanding the golfer, course and approach

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 7:23 AM

Updated Friday, May 3 at 6:55 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Caddies carry the bag and give yardages to their golfers, but there is so much more involved in their role on the golf course.

Shay Knight is from Australia but now calls Indian Land home.  For the last couple of years, he has caddied for Martin Laird who also lives in the Charlotte area.

Knight will be Larid's caddie for this week's Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.

“It usually takes me about four to five hours to get ready,” Knight said of prepping for each day. “If it’s a new course it could take longer.”

Knight’s job consists of scouting the course, understanding the yardage of each hole and always providing advice to his golfer for certain approaches on holes.

“You need to be able to work out yardages, where to miss it, where to hit it,” Knight said. “Strategy is probably the most important thing for practice rounds and heading into the tournament.”

Knight says his routine before tournament consists of warming up and making sure his golfer is ready. Then they both talk about the approach they want to take for that particular day.

“On a serious note, there is a lot more to it than just carrying a bag and walking down the fairway giving numbers,” Knight said of his role.

A caddie has to be able to wear many hats on the golf course, according to Knight.

“You have to be a psychologist, a guy to pick him up when he’s down, someone there he can chat with,” Knight said. “You want to keep him cool and calm [during the tournament].”

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