?Coming for the Masters, caddiechat.com
The third leg of the Time-honored caddie tenet Show Up, Keep Up and Shut Up could be in for a challenge with the scheduled launch on April 7 of caddiechat.com. Puttermaker Bobby Grace, who founded the Web site, has lined up Tour caddies Joe Grillo, who works for Steve Elkington, Carl Hart ( Chris Perry), Carl Jackson ( Ben Crenshaw), Dave Renwick ( Vijay Singh) and Bob Riefke ( Justin Leonard) to share insights and opinions about what goes on inside the ropes, participate in chat rooms, write diaries and post their yardage books.
Grace hopes to sign at least 20 caddies but is meeting some predictable resistance. The dilemma: How to tell all and not break one of the 10 Commandments for Caddies? Grace says the solution is to tell only some. "There won't be any problems," he says. "This is for those who want to know what it feels like to have a two-stroke lead with three holes to play. What players or caddies do at night, or anything about salaries, that's out."
Sounds good, but so far most of the caddie fraternity remains unsold. "The way I see it, potentially there's a big upside," says one caddie who—surprise!—asked not to be identified, "but there's a bigger downside."
?10 Commandments for Caddies
1. When tending the pin, don't step on anyone's line.
2. Carry two towels: a clean one for your player's face, hands and arms, and a wet one for balls and clubs.
3. Always count clubs (and beware of cutoff kids' clubs).
4. Rake traps by lowering the handle to minimize ridges.
5. Keep records of every yardage, lie, pin position, green and wind direction, as well as the result of every shot.