Golf is very interesting from the aspect that you can have someone do all of the grunt work so that the only thing you have to focus on is swinging the golf club. Using a caddie is extremely beneficial and something that all golfers should take advantage of if the opportunity is there.
Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of using a caddie:
Let’s get the most obvious benefit out of the way and that is you don’t have to carry your clubs. Everyone thinks of a caddie as someone who is there to carry your clubs and clean them and do nothing else. However, not having to carry your clubs for 18 holes is a big deal and can save you a few strokes each round.
By the time you make the turn, your shoulders are aching and you feel slower with each and every swing because of the weight of your golf bag.
This is the biggest benefit of having a caddie and one that can make or break your round. Most courses who use caddie programs are private country clubs and resort courses who tend to have difficult tee shots and tough greens. Caddies can be an essential part of your round if you are not familiar with the course. A good caddie will provide you with good reads on the green and the aiming points for a tee shot.
Caddies help out a lot with the little things during the round that make it easier for you. They clean your clubs, wipe down your golf ball when you get to the green and they always keep track of your ball so you never lose it in the trees. Most caddies are golfers themselves so you can ask them for advice on club selection or strategy.
Caddies will also rake the bunker after you use it and repair any divots you made in the fairway.
Greenskeepers are big fans of caddie programs because they help maintain the course. Caddies fill each divot in the fairway with sand and seed and help guide golf carts if they are supposed to enter the fairway at a specific spot.
Having the opportunity to use a caddie is something that you should always take advantage of. A great benefit is that it gives you a chance to get some walking in during the round. If you take a golf cart, you lose out on this and the round becomes more monotonous.
Caddies help pace of play big time because they are always there to provide you a yardage and help select your club. A good caddie will get to your golf ball before you so they can provide you the yardage as soon as you arrive at the ball. Another big time waster during a round are lost balls. Caddies are constantly tracking your golf ball and they always know where it is. This can eliminate up to 10-15 minutes over the course of a round.
One of the nicest things about using a caddie is that you can develop a relationship with them that can help you play better golf. By using the same caddie you can establish a routine during the round that lets you focus more on golf and less about the little things.