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Golf: Lydia Ko And Choice of Caddies

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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

“Steve Williams wonders whether Lydia Ko ‘hit panic button early’ in caddie change,” is John Strege’s comment on Lydia Ko’s decision to find a new caddie.

Not the Wie way to go?
Michelle Wie’s parents have been accused of overstepping the mark when it comes to giving advice and consequently she has, with one major exception lost her way so let’s hope the following possibility suggested by Steve doesn’t come to pass.

John Strege writes, “It's very surprising news," he (Steve Williams) told the New Zealand website Stuff. “This is the first form slump of any kind she’s had as a professional - and it’s only a slight form dip - and it doesn’t seem like a reason to release her caddie. Maybe they’ve hit the panic button a bit early.”
Williams went on to suggest that it might be that her parents, who are of Korean descent, influenced the decision.
“It’s quite well documented that Korean players - and I know Lydia is a New Zealander - tend to have caddies for a short time. And the parents or caregivers of these young women have a lot more to do with the day-to-day decision-making compared to more experienced professionals.”

Sage words from Sir Walter Simpson
The Art of Golf by Sir Walter Simpson was one of earliest books on how to play golf and the use and abuse of caddies.
“The player may experiment about with his swing, his grip, his stance. It is only when he begins asking his caddie's advice that he is getting on dangerous ground.”
Indeed food for thought for Lydia Ko when considering her choice of a new caddie.

More on caddies

Thanks to Golf Today I enjoyed a wonderful collection of quotes involving caddies.
Here’s three of them.

“If I needed advice from my caddie, he'd be hitting the shots and I'd be carrying the bag.”
 - Bobby Jones

“Your clubs.”
 - Jackie Gleason (when asked by Toots Shor what to give his caddie after shooting 211)

“Why ask me? You've asked me two times already and paid no attention to what I said. So pick your own goddam club!”
 - Dow Finsterwald's caddie (at the US Open, 1960)

Link to John Strege and Golf Today

Quote of the Day
“I know you can be fined for throwing a club, but I want to know if you can get fined for throwing a caddie?” 

Tommy Bolt who according to his mentor Ben Hogan said, “If we could've screwed another head on his shoulders, Tommy Bolt could have been the greatest who ever played.”


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