Here’s how to fire a bad caddy, in four steps

March 22, 2019
irca 1945: Full-length image of an elderly man and woman standing on a golf course beside the pin, as the man lights a cigar. The woman stands with a bag of clubs. (Photo by Harold M. Lambert/Lambert/Getty Images)

1. Don’t Make It Personal

Avoid bringing up bad experiences or placing the blame for poor play on your caddie. Ultimately, you are the one hitting the shot. You’re making this change to improve, not to point a finger.

2. Be Clear

The worst thing to do is leave your caddie in No Man’s Land. Thank him or her for their contribution and tell them that you might recommend them to another player if you feel it’s the right fit. That may never happen, but getting into the details will only upset both of you.

3. Offer a Separation Tip

Greenbacks, not life advice, smart guy. Feelings hurt less with a few bucks on the way out the door. Place it in an envelope and tell them, “Thank you for all that you have done for me.” Leave on a positive.

4. Use Discretion

Be careful what you tell your friends and playing partners, because news travels fast (especially bad news), and gossip travels even faster. Just tell them you wanted to make a change and leave it at that. Whatever you do, don’t give in to the urge to badmouth your former looper.