Think Like a Caddie... Play Like A Pro: Golf's Top Caddies Share Their Winning Secrets

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
"Now I don’t know about you, but I always play better with a caddie at my side. Earlier this year, I caddied for the L.P.G.A. Tour player Brittany Lincicome, opening my eyes to how pivotal that job is at golf’s elite levels. So I expected to love reading Think Like a Caddie, Play Like a Pro (Sellers Publishing), and I was not disappointed. There is technical talk, like reading greens and preparing your equipment, but the best advice is gleaned from the inside-the ropes anecdotes contributed by notable professional caddies. What comes together is a reassuring tutorial in the kind of prudent mind-set, calming thoughts and useful golf insights — “Don’t try to make shots you don’t have” — that make a caddie so invaluable. The reader comes away understanding that we as golfers can rely on our inner caddie to play better golf. You will be nodding your head in agreement, absorbing the wisdom of the caddies Bruce Edwards and Steve Williams. One last tip — don’t forget the sunscreen. A good caddie always protects himself from the elements."
"Professional golfers have many advantages over the rest of us, mainly the overwhelming fact that they’re much better players than we are. But that isn’t all. Don’t forget their caddies, who provide all variety of invaluable service, from knowing yardages to gauging wind and reading greens, to what Ben Crenshaw calls keeping a steady hand on the emotional tiller. The premise of this nicely designed, very helpful book is to show amateur golfers how to think like caddies and, thus, avoid making many of the mental mistakes that send scores skyrocketing as surely as bad swings. Some of the advice belabors the obvious (think positively), but much is practical and insightful (choose a shot you know you can make, not a shot you’ve seen pros make). The chapter on using statistics to improve your game is especially revealing, as is the one on reading greens. In addition to tips, the book includes engaging anecdotes on caddie history and snappy sidebars on human-interest topics like the top five things caddies hate (yes, heavy golf bags top the list). A good mix of instruction and entertainment."
“I expected to love reading “Think Like a Caddie, Play Like a Pro” (Sellers Publishing), and I was not disappointed… the best advice is gleaned from the inside-the-ropes anecdotes contributed by notable professional caddies. What comes together is a reassuring tutorial in the kind of prudent mind-set, calming thoughts and useful golf insights — “Don’t try to make shots you don’t have” — that make a caddie so invaluable. The reader comes away understanding that we as golfers can rely on our inner caddie to play better golf. “ -- (Bill Pennington)
Library Journal
In every professional and high-amateur tournament the golfer is assisted by a caddy. To be sure, the caddy does more than just carry a bag and clean the clubs. Bartlett, a longtime golf writer for the major golf magazines, along with contributors from the Professional Caddies Association and pro golfers, describes what a caddy does and how the same principles can be applied when playing golf without a caddy. How much better would we score if we had a caddy to provide a yardage estimate, point out hidden dangers and subtleties, and confirm club selection? How much better would we play if we were accompanied by a coach and cheerleader? It is these things a caddy does—and even without a caddy they can be applied to one's personal game. The book is replete with narratives from both caddies and pro golfers illustrating these concepts. VERDICT All this, together with useful photographs, makes for a really good instructional guide that transcends the endless array of swing theories. This one's a solid choice for public library sports collections and for golfing readers.—Steven Silkunas, North Wales, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416205708
  • Publisher: Sellers Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/8/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 477,179
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    A great read and a great gift. A Golfer's Perfect Coffee Table Book - Entertaining, comprehensive, and easy to read.

    The focus of this book is NOT about being a caddie. It's about how you can be a better golfer if you think the way a Tour caddie might think. It goes beyond the lessons with your pro or the practice you put in on the range. This book is about playing the round, the mental side of the game, and all the little (or not so little) things you can /should do or think about to score as low as you can.

    What I liked about the book was how it took you from what a Tour caddie (and his Pro) thinks about and what questions he asks himself to how you can apply those same thoughts and questions to your weekend game.

    What I also liked was how the author devoted a couple of chapters to the pro tour caddies. He led with some history and some entertaining anecdotes and concluded the book with a tribute to the caddies in the Caddie Hall of Fame.

    The book was easy to read, had a bunch of fun golf anecdotes to keep you entertained, and was practical and easy for the average golfer to absorb and put into practice.

    But, to me, there's a subtle message permeating throughout the book and every golfer already knows this but this book highlights it without beating you over the head with it and that is....

    Golf is one of the most demanding mental games you will ever play. The margin for error is incredibly small and, to win, requires exceptional preparation, mental toughness, and as much information as you can possibly absorb about the course (or the shot) you're playing. That's what gives us that little extra edge over our opponents. That's why even the best golfers in the world also have the top caddies in the world on their bags.

    And, as the 2nd chapter suggests, if we can tap into our "Inner Caddie" we have a better chance of being a better golfer.

    This unique perspective on the game is why I recommend this book to any golfer... scratch or beginner.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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