"Teamwork Done to a Tee”: A Golf Caddie’s Perspective on Their Perceived Role and Associated Skills

CAREY, Laura, STONE, Joseph and LAVALLEE, David (2021). "Teamwork Done to a Tee”: A Golf Caddie’s Perspective on Their Perceived Role and Associated Skills. International Journal of Golf Science, 9 (1).

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Objectives This study explored what caddies perceive as their role and the associated skills required to support golfers. Method Semi-structured interviews were completed with seven Professional male caddies from the United Kingdom (3 Caddies) and USA (4 Caddies). Interviews were audio recorded, transcribed and reflexive thematic analysis performed. Results Thematic analysis generated twenty-one lower-order themes and six higher-order themes, which were organised into three dimensions; (i) the demands of being a caddie; (ii) caddie’s expertise to do the role; and (iii), importance of support. Conclusion Caddies demonstrate expertise in a range of areas from perceptual to intrapersonal skills when developing and maintaining effective golfer-caddie partnerships. Our findings highlight the skills the caddies require are role dependent. The findings from this study have implications on understanding future training needs for caddies in relation to maintaining effective golfer-caddie relationships and best practices to support caddies.

Item Type: Article
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2021 11:13
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2021 08:00
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29090

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