Originally Posted by Moppy
I know the caddie fee is $100 right there. Honestly, the money is not an issue. The ratty golf bag, on the other hand....
I agree with David in FL that caddies don't have to take your club out of the bag. Here are some other recommendations about the caddies:
• Good caddies can be very valuable to you game, but let your caddie know on the first hole exactly what you expect from them. Ii you need help when a caddie gives you the distance to the pin, ask them if it plays longer or shorter. Many good caddies will know the appropriate adjustment in distance, but a caddie should not recommend clubs unless you ask them. On the other hand, if you just want the number to the flag and can figure out the conditions on your own, let the caddie know that, too. The same thing applies on the green. If you prefer reading your own green, on the first hole, simply tell the caddie that you will read your own greens and then will ask them when you need help. This is a trust process between your caddie and yourself and makes for a more pleasant round.
• Find out what the minimum or regular caddie fee is, and then tip accordingly. If you have a caddie that carries two bags, as a general rule, the tip should be less than if you have a single caddie that has no other golfer than you, simply because a single caddie will be devoting the entire round to you and your game. A "double bagger" is running around trying to take care of two golfers and cannot devote as much attention to you. However, having said that, there are "double baggers" who do a tremendous job, and actually deserved a bigger tip than a mediocre single caddie, so as I said, tip accordingly.
• If you play in inclement weather, add a little extra to the tip, especially if there is a rain or lightning delay.
• Also concerning the tip, judge the caddie on how quickly they get to your ball, proper distances they give you to the pin, green reading, and demeanor on the course. Every caddie knows the three rules of being a caddie: show up, keep up, and shut up. I don't always agree with the "shut up" part of a caddies job. Caddies can be interesting people, too, and often have wonderful stories that they are more than willing to share. So, engage the caddie to the level that you are comfortable. You should dictate the level of interaction, not the caddie.
• If you happen to have a caddie carrying two bags, offer to rake some of your bunkers, especially when his other player is on the other side of the fairway or in another bunker.
Enjoy your day at the club