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Who's Your Caddy?: Looping for the Great, Near Great, and Reprobates of Golf Paperback – May 4, 2004
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I've read interviews about dozens of "golfers." Reilly's genius is his ability to turn those "golfers" into "people." In these short vignettes, Reilly not only gives you some insight into what makes people like John Daly and David Duval tick, but he does it an entertaining, mapcap manner.
There are sometimes when Reilly gets a bit over the top, such as when he uses expression like "eat hot titanium," but I can overlook these exaggerations when they serve to move the stories along. I know that I'll pick this book up time and again for light, fun reading.
In the meantime I have picked up a fairly serious interest in golf, and when I stumbled across the book again, I thought I would pick it up. "Who's Your Caddy?" won me over and proved that I had been haboring a number of misconceptions.
First, you needn't be a golfer to enjoy the work. There are some moments where Reilly sinks into golf-speak of the kind that I think every weekend player grows tired of by about the second tee when you're out playing with that clown from work or the brother-in-law who's sporting a [...] putter, [...] irons, and a $1 million ego because he's a 4 handicapper. But, the book mostly takes a trip around the course that is accessible to golf novices. Especially when Reilly joins amateurs like Donald Trump (I've always wanted to find a way to plausibly refer to Trump as an amaetur) and Deepak Chopra for a round, the story moves quickly and humorously.
Reilly even convinced me that he isn't the guy I would have thought he had to be after reading his SI work. Like the [...], naked under his raincoat, Reilly can't seem to help himself from unleashing overweight sarcastic sidebars. These inhibit the best parts of the story, but with a self-depricating twist that ususally leaves him as his own target, these diversions actually contained some redeeming moments.
Finally, he does descend into melodrama (the typical golf schlock type stuff, i.e.Read more ›
Newhart have in common? They've all utilized the caddying services
of Rick Reilly, a senior writer for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and author
of the hilarious WHO'S YOUR CADDY?
Reilly set out to find out about what makes golfers tick . . . to do
so, he offered to caddy for them for free . . . although Tiger Woods
turned down his offer (repeatedly), some of the best pros in the world agreed to let him carry their bags--including David Duval,
Tom Lehman and John Daly . . . others did as well, and all their
tales are covered in this book that is a MUST for any golfer
And even though I haven't played the game since I was a teenager,
I loved this book and would recommend it to non-golfers as
well . . . it is funny, in many spots, but also quite moving when
describing the uphill battle faced by Casey Martin when he had
to get the Supreme Court to rule that he should be allowed to
play with a cart.
I was also touched by the story of Bob Martin, one of the top
blind golfers in the world.
There were several memorable passages; among them:
* The bag was simple and blue, with no sponsor on it, and heavier than
Meatloaf. What's this guy got in there, anvils? I remembered the time
British golf writer Bill Elliot spent a day caddying for Faldo for a story.
Elliott struggled under its weight all day, until he discovered, afterward,
that Faldo had snuck a brick and three dozen extra balls into the bottom
of the bag for a laugh. There is nobody that will crack you up like
that madcap Nick Faldo.
* A local TV crew comes up to us on the second fairway.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Funny and Interesting. Meets some fascinating characters while getting plenty of laughs in.Published 1 month ago by William Dukes
My husband and son who golf are enjoying this book. Made a nice present for golfers.Published 3 months ago by J. Sousa
Bought this as a gift for my father. He liked it alot and said he laughed out loud at times. Easy read.Published 4 months ago by Brian
Great insight into the world of professional golf and professional gambling. Rick Reilly puts himself out there and is not afraid of self deprecating positions or honest comments... Read morePublished 5 months ago by james g exum
I'm a golf nut. I've listened to this maybe 12 times. Each time I listen to it, I enjoy it. It doesn't get old. Read morePublished 6 months ago by keefer
Hilarious and inciteful. Great personality profile. You actually change your opinion of people based on how they treat their "caddy".Published 6 months ago by Thomas X. Mackintire
Laughed my A-- off ! Fun reading even if you're NOT a golfer. Paper back is big enough type for easy reading.Published 9 months ago by Itzjusbob