Caddy-Talk is the ultimate handbook on the psychology of caddying, answering questions for all caddies, regardless of whether they’re a club-level or professional caddy!
Caddy-Talk (www.Caddy-Talk.com) is the first book to outline a critical role in golf: the psychological aspects of being a great caddy. Being a great caddy is much more than carrying a bag: Great caddies are on-course sport psychologists. They’re also there to help with all aspects of on- and off-course management. That’s the purpose of this book: to teach these skills to caddies. It’s a “how to” book, applying tried and tested performance-enhancing sport psychology techniques to the science of caddying. No other book offers this much information. Sure, there are books that provide insights of certain caddies or talk about the caddying experience, but none are instructional like this one. In fact, the book is endorsed by Caddie Connect, the caddy school at St. Andrews, Scotland.
The best feature of this book is that it’s developed through interviews with some of the best
caddies currently available. Quotes from in-depth interviews with Steve Williams (currently Tiger Wood’s caddy), Mark Fulcher (currently caddying on the men’s European Tour), Fred “Bassett” (24 years experience on the Ladies European Tour; LET), Mike Patterson (currently Karrie Webb’s caddy), and an anonymous (and very well respected) tour caddy who works on the U.S. Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour and the LET, are woven into every chapter. Their insights provide excellent examples which highlight lessons learned from the authors’ years of extensive research and consulting experience.
This book is also for every golfer!
Every chapter highlights how the information discussed is important for players of golf, too. They will learn what caddies do to help their golfers play better, which they’ll then be able to use in their own game. Players who regularly use caddies will learn what to look for when choosing a caddy; they’ll also learn how to best work with a caddy to get the most out of their own game.
About the authors
Vicki Aitken, a New Zealander based in the U.K., is an experienced sport psychology consultant specialized in the game of golf (www.VickiAitken.com; Tel: ++44 790 060 3117). She is the sport psychologist with the Ladies European Tour, where she has worked with players and caddies for over 6 years, helping them reach their personal bests and collecting 7 professional wins between them. Fully accredited with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, she has also worked with golfers of all levels and ages, as well as athletes in a variety of other sports including tennis and snowboarding throughout the U.K., Europe, and N.Z.
Dan Weigand, an American, living in Ft. Myers, FL, is president of Achieve Acumen, Inc. (www.AchieveAcumen.com; Tel: ++1 239 682 2405) and an adjunct professor at Hodges University. He is an internationally published researcher, specializing in motivation and performance enhancement, and an Association for Applied Sport Psychology certified consultant and fellow in sport psychology. He has worked with children, adolescents and adults, including amateurs, professionals, and Olympians, from approximately 20 individual and team sports, in the U.S.A. and U.K.