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Caddies lining up players
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January 19, 2016
5:03 pm
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Many who know me, know me as a bit of a purist when it comes to golf, but even I know where to draw the line.

There are new rumblings about the act of caddies "lining up" players to their target because the issue has now seemingly found its way onto the PGA Tour. The caddie of Si Woo Kim has been seen aligning his player, preshot, the same way that many on the LPGA Tour have been doing with their players for quite some time.

While there are some current LPGA veterans like Laura Davies, and former players like Dottie Pepper and Kay Cockerill, who object to the practice, the discussion has largely gone unnoticed... until now, because "the men" are starting to do it. And now the cry has been raised from the highest tower for the USGA to ban this practice.

Sexist overtones aside (that's a whole other discussion), why is this becoming an "issue"?

Providing that there is no undue delay in play (and the caddie steps away from the line before the stroke), I see no issue with this practice. Rule 6-4 states that the caddie is permitted to assist the player. The player is still the one who needs to execute the stroke, and there is no physical intervention from the caddie at anytime. There are many more important things in golf that deserve the focus of players and ruling bodies alike.

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January 19, 2016
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When working a tournament today a couple of groups that were slow were due, in my opinion, to the caddie not only lining the girls up but also giving too much advice which constantly resulted in clubs being changed.  One group with only one caddie asked to be monitored and the caddie definitely slowed things down.  The good thing was that when they knew I was around and following them they did speed up a bit and got back in position.   The worse situation I ever saw was doing a qualifier for a Provincial match play championship and the caddie was lining up everything and I later found out that it was his first time ever being on a golf course.  The group did get penalized and one of the competitors wasn't very happy but the other two knew they were slow and didn't really care as they knew they weren't going to make the cut.

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