There are countless reasons why someone might
reimagine their career. Certainly, a global pandemic might top that list. For
anyone who loves golf but is secure enough in themselves to realize they aren’t
exactly pro material, a career as a caddy might be the ideal alternative.
If you’re considering a career shift and
always wondered what it takes to be a caddy, read on…
Make Preparation a Priority
Talent on the green isn’t limited to
professional golfers. It takes a great deal of skill to step up as a caddy and
offer strategic support. For those of you interested in embarking on a career
dedicated to the game, check out these tips on how to become a caddy.
Take Every Advantage to Learn the
By this we mean take advantage of any
opportunity you can to up your game. Check in with the Professional
Caddies Association (PCA) to access the education you need to be taken
seriously -- whether through available apprenticeships or trainings. Local golf
courses can be a great source of these opportunities, so be sure to spend
significant time on site.
Development is Personal
If you want to support a great golfer you
should try to be one to the best of your ability. This doesn’t necessarily
require breaking 80, but it does mean taking the game seriously enough to get
better at it however you can. Think of it this way -- as a caddy, you want to
support top talent, so you should want to represent the best version of
yourself on the green. Be worthy of the job by committing to your strongest
Communicate and Connect
If you don’t share your plans with those
around you, they won’t be able to advocate on your behalf. Make it a point to
chat with caddies and discover as much as you can from first hand sources about
what the job entails and how to find your first opportunity. Like most coveted
jobs, caddies are often found through referrals. All the more reason to keep in
close communication with those in the industry who might be able to connect you
with your first chance to caddy and take a swing at your career.