TIMBER TEE™ - Golf Caddie Program

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  • |      23 May 2020

A field report

Our Mission is to offer theoretical teaching material in Golf for children from primary school age and to unify the whole youth development for children and teenagers in Golf as in Football or Tennis. We will be starting in the UK this year. After that we will support the other Golf markets in the best possible way in the introduction / adoption of our TIMBER TEE™ Youth Golf Development Concept in their countries.

Anyone who expected us to name the 20 golf caddie rules or details to the caddie program at this point will have to wait until our official presentation of the Timber Tee Golf Caddie program in the media. Form your own opinion of the importance of caddie training when you have read this field report.

So, why are we making such a hype about the caddy's job? What good is it for a child to work as a personal caddie for some much older golfers? Rest assured, these results are measurable, and we point out in following the influence of golf caddie activity on the development of the child in general - and its development as a golfer in particular.

It is a fact that some of the best golf professionals of all time have started their careers as golf caddies - to mention just two names: Bernhard Langer and Severiano Ballesteros †. (Ballesteros was a caddie, never an amateur and a world star until his death in 2011) Both Playing Pro's started their caddie careers as young boys.

We have developed the TIMBER TEE™ Golf Caddie training program for children in the age group of first-graders of six years up. Our decision, to connect and promote children’s basic golf education with a caddie career does make sense: Golfers, who have in addition started a career as a golf caddie, have faster reached a higher level of quality in their match play than those, who simply play a game of a golf from time to time. Can this thesis be proven?

It can! Caddies learn to play at any time in fair sportsmanship. Fair play is the soul of the game of golf. The caddie career internalizes the fair play idea. Caddies are at a higher percentage the better sportsmen, as they have learned from the outset to respect their fellow players, because this way of thinking and acting is part of the caddie training, which here attaches much more importance and time to the topic 'fairness' than the normal training for the 'course permit'.

The reason is simple and logical at the same time: While the golfer is responsible for himself and concentrates only on his own game, the caddie watches over himself as a role model of fairness and keeps all disturbances or delays away from his golfer during the entire round so that the player remains focused. In this way, the caddie assumes significant responsibility for two people - and we train this ability with our program. We thus lay the foundation for some very important traits in the child's mental development - fairness, consideration and a sense of responsibility. Being a caddie is an honor and this job contributes significantly to the character development of the child - even at the age of under 10.

Playing golf and at the same time working as a caddie means to assimilate and record the complicated rules of golf much faster and to keep them in mind. Many adults dream of it! This experience gives the caddie a real advantage: The superior certainty of being able to make the right decision spontaneously at the right time and at the appropriate situation.

Caddies gain a much more intensive understanding and background knowledge in their young lives through the countless new and sometimes unforeseen situations they experience during their caddie career. They intuitively copy what they learn from each game and the decisions of their golfers - and what they might discuss with them as caddies. Working as a caddie is the fastest possible learning process to understand golf as a whole in all its facets! As the result, the child links golf rules, strategic and tactical play with the ball much better and stores the experiences in the long-term in memory. The impressions are supported by the many pictures of practical experiences with the decisions of the golfers to whom they serve as caddies.

Bottomline: Caddies constantly learn to make the right strategic and tactical decision by observing. They learn to read the course, their flight partners behave, everything around the game. This ability ultimately means for their golf practice that they will long-term waste less golf shots ... and as a consequence ... their handicap decreases faster than that of pure amateur players; a milestone on their way to becoming a possible golf professional of the day after tomorrow.

That's exactly what everybody wants who has ambitions - and why we play golf! When does your boy or girl start its caddie career as a Timber Tee Golf Caddie?