Turn up, keep up & shut up : the role of a caddie in male professional golf in Australia

Bruce, David (1999). Turn up, keep up & shut up : the role of a caddie in male professional golf in Australia Master's Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

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Author Bruce, David
Thesis Title Turn up, keep up & shut up : the role of a caddie in male professional golf in Australia
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1999
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Supervisor Dr Trish Gorely
Total pages 87
Language eng
Subjects 321404 Sport and Exercise Psychology
Formatted abstract

Despite a wealth of anecdotal discussions, there has until this time been no formal exploration of the role of the caddie in professional golf, or of the relationship between the player and the caddie. Conducted with players and caddies on the Australasian PGA Tour, this study used a structural qualitative research methodology to begin the exploration of this relationship. Analysis of interviews with players (n=8) and caddies (n=8) on the tour revealed a four component model of the role caddies play. The first component of the model was the basic structure of tasks around which the rest of the model is organised. The primary facets of the basic structure are labelled technical and psychological, and both of these have several elements. The second component, which was attached to the basic structure, is a model of the caddie’s and player’s roles and responsibilities in the on-course decision making. The third component was the identification of factors which modified the relationships within the first two: familiarity between player and caddie, and various situational factors. The final component was to specify goals which caddies could use to guide their efforts. These goals were derived from the overall model. Potential strategies for players and caddies to enhance the utility of the caddie which could be gained from adopting the proposed model are discussed.

Keyword Golf -- Australia
Caddies -- Australia

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