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  •  It's interesting how caddying (17+ / 0-)

    has been transformed into a prestige position.  This may also be the result of a society that is increasingly unequal in economic and social terms. I am reminded of the middle ages and the way that a king or other high ranking nobleman was only attended to by servants of noble birth. Even menial jobs like emptying the king's chamber pot were highly sought after positions that only went to the "cream" of society.

    Looked at in this way, it makes sense that lugging around someone's golf clubs is now seen as a high-status job that is only given to people of the right class and the right race.

    •  Etymology: (7+ / 0-)
      The word caddie comes from the gascon Occitan capdèth or capdet, meaning chief then younger boy (become cadet in French and refers to the Cadets de Gascogne, the captains serving in the French army in the 15th century were the youngest sons of the aristocratic families of Gascony). The term caddie or cadie first appeared in the English language in the year 1634.[1]
      I'd thought it might be a Gaelic word, with golf being Scottish, but there ya go.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Tue Apr 03, 2012 at 06:54:34 AM PDT

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    •  I caddied from when I was 10 until I was 21. (6+ / 0-)

      I also caddied in the Western Open several times back when players had to use local caddies in the event.

      There is much more to a caddy than "lugging around someone's golf clubs."  If you and the player know each other well, the caddy can settle a player down when he gets upset. The caddy reads putts, helps choose the club and the shot, etc. The caddy might even help the player iron out a hitch in his swing.

      A good caddy takes strokes off of a players game. Golf is a mental game and a good caddy keeps the player focused and taking the best shot for his/her game. In a 4 day tournament, he may be able to save a player a few or, sometimes, even more than a few shots. That's why they make good money. But, they also get fired when they can't handle the pressure.

      BTW, my comment is not meant to address the race aspect of this diary; just the fact that some players rely very heavily on the judgment and knowledge of their caddy. Sometimes they're friends, sometimes they aren't.

      •  Be the ball, Danny NT (2+ / 0-)
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        •  lol (1+ / 0-)
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          That movie was pretty on target in some aspects of what being a caddy is like. The brown nosing, the politics, the fights, the bad and good tippers, the elderly people who needed help getting through the course, making contacts...  etc. You could make quite a few extra dollars for some members if you were willing to use a foot wedge every now and then. Oh, and we saw and heard everything about the club and the issues between factions while we were on the course.

          •  I was thinking they'll now have to make (2+ / 0-)
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            "CaddyMansion" or some such....

            "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

            by bartcopfan on Tue Apr 03, 2012 at 09:40:15 AM PDT

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            •  Very few caddies get the opportunity to caddy (3+ / 0-)
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              for a pro - and even less caddy for someone who makes good money. Some of the caddies are even players who couldn't make it on the pro circuit. It's an expensive lifestyle and not everything is always paid for by the sponsor. 95% or more of pro caddies are not anywhere near being able to afford a mansion.

              •  Oh, I agree completely. (0+ / 0-)

                I just figure the .01% acts as though since they 'made it' everyone else can too.

                Actually, now that I think about it a bit more seriously, in "CaddyMansion" the dude living in the mansion would be grown-up, spoiled-brat worthless Spaulding, set up for life by his country club connections, and regaling his minions w/ tales of the summer he spent "caddying" (i.e. watching the caddies work) which taught him the 'values' by which he 'pulled himself up by his own bootstraps'.

                "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

                by bartcopfan on Tue Apr 03, 2012 at 10:54:41 AM PDT

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      •  Excellent comment. (1+ / 0-)
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        I have a friend who is a PGA pro. He has always said that the caddie is one of the most misunderstood and under-respected jobs around.

        © grover

        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Tue Apr 03, 2012 at 12:30:19 PM PDT

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    •  Heh - Mel Brooks had it right (2+ / 0-)
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      Oh, Piss-boy
      You look like the Piss-boy

      -6.25 -7.08 The glass is neither half-full nor half-empty. The glass is just twice as large as it needs to be. If you play Microsoft CD's backwards, you hear satanic things, but that's nothing, because if you play them forwards, they install Windows.

      by Unit Zero on Tue Apr 03, 2012 at 10:00:30 AM PDT

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