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Caddie Confidential: Inside Stories from the Caddies of the PGA Tour Hardcover – April 1, 2009

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From the Back Cover

Go inside the ropes with the caddies of the PGA Tour

"Most sports have a coach or a manager--somebody to blame when things go wrong, somebody who can call a time-out and make a speech or fine tune something that can turn things around. Not golf. All the player has is his caddie." --"Alaskan" Dave Patterson

"It feels like I've been in college for the last 23 years, going out with friends, and having a good time every week. If this isn't the best job in the world I don't know what is." --Tom Thorpe

"We were warming up on the driving range on Thursday morning. There weren't many guys out there, but next to me was Gary Player, next to him was Arnold Palmer, and next to him was Jack Nicklaus. Those three guys were hitting balls next to us needling each other. I wasn't paying any attention to my pro, and he probably couldn't blame me. I was hanging on every word coming out of those mouths." --Richard Motacki

"When I started out 24 years ago there were a lot of guys escaping society. Today's caddies are college educated and have special skills. You'll find more college degrees carrying the bags than hitting the balls." --Anthony Wilds

"Not only did we have so many guys to a motel room that we'd go low score for the day to see who gets the bed, but the last guy out of the shower in the morning had to use the bed sheet to dry off." --Eric Schwarz

"Golfers seldom hit a bad shot. Just ask them. It can be dead calm, and the pro could hit his shot a little fat and come up short. If an excuse doesn't come immediately to mind, wait for it. A minute later as you're walking up to the ball you'll feel a little wisp of wind and sure enough he'll say, `I knew it was into the wind.'" --Jeff Kaleita

About the Author

Greg "Piddler" Martin has been a PGA Tour caddy for more than 26 years, and has caddied for Dan Forsman for the past 23 of them. He has seven wins on the PGA Tour, five with Dan Forsman and two with Mark Calcavecchia. Mark Calcavecchia is a professional golfer and former PGA Tour member. He won 13 PGA Tour events, including the 1989 Open Championship during his career. Dottie Pepper is a professional golfer and a golf broadcaster. She won two major championships and 17 LPGA Tour events during her career. Dan Forsman is a professional golfer who won five PGA Tour events during his career.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books; 1 edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160078190X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600781902
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,611,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christopher Byrne on August 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was caddying for Mark Rhode at the Greater Milwaukee Open back in the early 1980's, and we had a very, very early tee time. The "luxury" hotel that I was staying in for about $18 a night did not have an alarm clock. I had no car and no ride to the golf course in the morning. But I had to show up to keep my job.

So after I left a local watering hole after last call, I walked and hitchhiked my way to the golf course and for there about 3:00 AM. I found a golf cart, and went to sleep. I was awakened by the sound of the mowers and the smell of the morning dew. I was on time for our pre-round practice session.

It was definitely not the best sleeping accommodations, but it ranked right up there with the YMCA in White Plains for the Westchester Classic, the $5 a night (Canadian) dorm room at Sheridan Nurses College for the Canadian Open, and Bruce Edward's (Tom Watsons long-time caddie) van in a hotel parking lot. At least I never slept in a bunker at the golf course.

Such was the life of an aspiring, wet behind the ears caddie on the PGA Tour back before the creation of the all-exempt tour, Tiger Woods, and the huge purses we see on the tour today. Nowadays a caddie can earn a pretty nice living on the tour. The only problem is that it is much harder for caddies to get a long-time bag to work. As long-time caddie Butchie Vail told me at the Nationwide Tour's Athens Regional Foundation Classic last spring, it is really brutal out there.

My experiences were limited to three summers in college because I decided trying to make money as a caddie was a heck of a lot more fun than working as a dishwasher in a local hotel restaurant (that job lasted three days).
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This book was an easy read and one that you can pick up over and over and never tire of. If one is looking for dirt or nasty background of someone on the PGA tour this is not the book for you. It is about how the caddie life was and is now. Funny stories again a book that you can pick up over and over and enjoy.
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I hope Greg Martin keeps his day job as a caddie, because his first attempt as an author was akin to marking a snowman on your scorecard. It appears that he spoke to many of his caddie buddies with a tape recorder, transposed it to print, and called it a book. There was almost nothing to tie all this together into an interesting story of the caddy lifestyle. Martin's effort was pitiful, but he also received no help from the publisher.

I guess it's all about making money, as Triumph Books (Random House) shamelessly used a picture on the cover of the caddies for Mickelson & Woods. Of course, there was next to nothing about either of those two golfers in the book. Does Steve Wiliams ever talk to the media about his boss? Of course not! Triumph could have had a real writer try to pull all the interviews together, but no.

It's not too often I read a book this flat-out bad. Don't bother even renting this from the library.
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Save your money. This is one of those "we can't tell you the names or the real juicy stories so we are gonna put pretty much nothing but blah filler in this book" books. I know this is a short, non-complete review, but this book does not deserve my time or your time. Get Bud, Sweat & Tees instead.
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