Importance of the Golfer-Caddie relationship

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Understanding the Quality and Functions of the Golfer-Caddie relationship

Provided by: HSBC & Loughborough University

There is ample anecdotal evidence to highlight the important role of the player-caddie relationship. The relationship has also been at the centre of media attention as its subject-matter can easily provide splashy headlines, sensational stories, breaking news – all of which can grab an audience’s attention and hold it. The player-caddie relationship has been regarded as a key ingredient in the performance of many golfers. For example, Matt Majendie for CNN on March 2014 published an article entitled “Inside the mind of a caddy: The bag men behind the world’s top golfers” (http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/27/sport/golf/steve-williams-golf-caddies/ ). He provided an overview of what the relationship is like while illustrating successful partnerships. The relationship between golfer and caddie was described as a marriage where understanding how the golfer thinks and feels, what makes them tick, being patient and friendly, managing potential conflict effectively, taking different roles including coach and psychologist, as well as supporting were all deemed important relational properties. Perhaps it is these relational properties that make these partnerships long-term and successful: Steve Williams with both Adam Scott and Tiger Woods (which is considered the most successful partnership by many as Woods achieved 13 out 14 major wins with Williams), as well as Terry Mundy with Laura Davies and Ian Poulter. Poulter recently said, “Your relationship with your caddie is very important every day, not just practice days. Terry has been with me for seven and a half years and we get on great – we’ve got the same sense of humour…You need to be able to rely on your caddie at certain times to be able to give you the right information.” (IMG, interview dated May 2013).

PrivateCaddie & CaddiePlayer = PrivateCaddiePlayer

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La science du scoring par PrivateCaddie

Le cadet du 21ème siècle est avant tout un géomètre-topographe de parcours de golf. A ce titre il connaît chaque recoin du parcours (& de ses greens) et sa valeur ajoutée consiste à pouvoir informer (et conseiller) son joueur de manière précise quelque soit la situation dans laquelle celui-ci se trouve.

Outre sa connaissance du parcours, le cadet peut aussi assister son joueur à connaître son propre jeu de manière scientifique. C’est à dire à recueillir, documenter et analyser ses résultats pour améliorer ses performances, au grand jeu mais surtout au petit jeu. Et notamment au putting, secteur de jeu où les professionnels gagnent beaucoup de coups et où les amateurs en perdent souvent le plus.
Mais plus maintenant…

En effet, PrivateCaddie vous propose en partenariat avec CaddiePlayer*, de bénéficier d’une véritable analyse statistique de vos scores (fairways & greens en régulation, nombre et distance moyenne de vos putts, pénalités, etc.) et d’un suivi de vos performances. Concrètement, Private Caddie enregistre pour vous tous vos coups joués sur le parcours ainsi que leurs résultats lorsqu’il vous accompagne.

Une fois vos scores analysés, PrivateCaddie vous remet un diagnostic pour vous permettre de mieux cibler vos entrainements & leçons et également vous aider à adapter (ou définir) vos stratégies de jeu. Le but, vous apprendre comment scorer & mieux gérer vos performances comme les pros !

* CaddiePlayer est le résultat d’une étude approfondie sur le putting réalisée en 2011 par Stéphane Barras, professionnel de golf PGA à Crans-Montana en Suisse. Le succès de CaddiePlayer a été validé par le joueur professionnel Emiliano Grillo (2ème au Dubai Desert Classic devant Rory Mcilroy) et recommandé par et Christian Cévaer (plusieurs victoires sur le tour Européen).

MCILROY TAKES HUGE RACE TO DUBAI LEAD

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RORY McIlroy opened up a mammoth lead over his rivals in The Race to Dubai with his third win in as many outings as he delivered a battling performance in near darkness to win his second Major championship of the season at the US PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club.

The Northern Irishman looks to be in unstoppable form having enjoyed a spectacular few weeks that has also seen him claim The Open Championship and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. His victory in Kentucky, which saw him become the first player since Padraig Harrington in 2008 to win back-to-back Majors, and, at 25 years and 98 days, the third youngest player in modern history to win four Majors, was perhaps the most impressive of the bunch.

McIlroy took a one-stroke lead into a rain-delayed final round but found himself three off the pace at the turn as Rickie Fowler took the lead. But a stunning eagle three on the tenth followed by birdies on 13 and 17 saw him complete a gritty back-nine fight back as he signed for three-under-par 68 to win by one from Phil Mickelson with a 16-under-par total of 268.

“I didn’t think in my wildest dreams I would have a summer like this,” said McIlroy after being presented with the huge Wanamaker Trophy for the second time in his career. I just played the best golf of my life.

“I gutted it out today, it was a little different to my previous Major wins. I think I showed a lot of guts to get the job done.”

The record single-season prize money total on The European Tour is the €5,519,118 McIlroy himself amassed in 2012 as he topped The Race to Dubai and won the DP World Tour Championship. But with 100 days to go until this year’s season-ending showcase, taking place at Jumeirah Golf Estates from Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 November, and the big-money Final Series still to come, McIlroy, with four wins under his belt, already has an eye-watering €5,120,709 with Sergio Garcia in second place on €2,273,917.

It was another great weekend for European Tour players as defending DP World Tour Championship and Race to Dubai champion Henrik Stenson went out in a breathtaking 30 shots in the final round at Valhalla and signed for five-under-par 66 to take a share of third place with Rickie Fowler on 14-under-par, which moves him up to fourth place on The Race to Dubai with €1,696,231.

Finland’s Mikko Ilonen continued his fine season by taking a share of seventh place on 11-under-par while South Africa’s Ernie Els and Frenchman Victor Dubuisson also reached the same total. Inaugural DP World Tour Championship winner Lee Westwood, who was tied for the lead after the opening round, finished tied 15th on nine-under-par and was joined by Louis Oosthuizen, Mark Warren and Charl Schwartzel.

All will be in the line-up when the DP World Tour Championship gets underway in November, forming what promises to be one of the most star-studded fields since the tournament began in 2009.

Source: EuropeanTour

CaddiePlayer Stats from Rory at the PGA

Rory Zone1 Zone2 Zone3 Zone4
Attempts 9 11 31 21
In 9 10 14 2
100% 91% 45% 10%
r1 r2 r3 r4
Rscore 66 67 66 67
Sscore 68 69 65 66

Rory back to N.1: CaddiePlayer "SwingScore" show you why

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Crans-Montana, Switzerland August 6th

Thanks to ShotLink PGATour Track System, I could "CaddiePlayer"  RoryAdam and Tano during the World Golf Championships Bridgestone-Invitational.

 Rory regained the World Number one ranking by winning the tournament and moves Adam  to second place. Tano finish last.

CaddiePlayer will show you what you can make of it. 

  • Rory overall game was outstanding

(Since CaddiePlayer is the only System that calculates a "SwingScore", you can see below the comparison between Rory’s "SwingScores" and his RealScores... there are all under par!)

 

  • Adam overall game was inconsistent! However Adam's perfect short game could manage an impressive 65 on day 3 with only 23 putts.

(You can see below significant variations between Adam's RealScores and "SwingScores", on day 3 up to 10 shots difference).

 

 

  • Tano struggled with his long game!

(Day 2, Tano's "SwingScore" 86, dropping too many shots with his tee shots to go up the leaderboard. Still a nice USD 50’000 cash in to finish last).

 

Rory

Zone1

Zone2

Zone3

Zone4

Attempts

3

9

30

30

In

3

8

16

2

100%

89%

53%

7%

r1

r2

r3

r4

Rscore

69

64

66

66

Sscore

66

68

65

64

 

Adam

Zone1

Zone2

Zone3

Zone4

Attempts

7

16

32

15

In

7

14

12

0

100%

88%

38%

0%

r1

r2

r3

r4

Rscore

69

68

65

71

Sscore

79

77

75

72

 

 

Tano

Zone1

Zone2

Zone3

Zone4

Attempts

5

16

25

25

In

5

14

6

0

100%

88%

24%

0%

r1

r2

r3

r4

Rscore

76

78

73

77

Sscore

72

86

80

85

 

To understand more about the "SwingScore" and how CaddiePlayer can help your game,  do not hesitate to contact me. CaddiePlayer act as a road map to the top!  To learn more register now

Best regards. Stéphane Barras, CaddiePlayer Founder

 

CaddiePlayer was @The_British_Open_2014

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I was betting for Rory Mcilroy, but did not win the 100’000£. His father Did!

 

Dubai Desert Classic 2007, Rory Mcilroy is playing as an Amateur, I am there scouting for a German Sports Agent who request me to find the next superstar of Golf. I am on the range at the Emirates Golf Club, my eyes sharp as an eagle, thanks to more than 30 years watching the best swing in the world, my eyes are scanning for the “Magic Move” and here it is, the Irish 17 years of age public unknown, curly dark hair, playing as an Amateur alongside the best and here I went following Rory Mcilroy at the Majlis course, 4 hours later, I was speaking with Father Mcilroy (Gerry) if his son was still available for a Agent Contract. “Sure, Yes we would highly appreciate some support! Thank you for your interest in my Son. Here is my phone number” I quickly past on Gerry’s phone to Sports Agent Greiner but Greiner never called Gerry.

British Open 2014, July 20th Hoylake Royal Liverpool, I am trying to catch a piece of the Action, Rory is lifting the Claret Jug, the bet is won, Player Rory Glory and Agent Greiner Pity!

This time I did not bet for Rory but for Casey! Note: As I was sharing the room with Casey’s Caddie Paul Duca. I felt the odds 50-1 was a good chance to pay off my room. Never less, I did not come to Hoylake to bet, I came to Hoylake to Promote CaddiePlayer and thanks to Todd Hamilton (2004 British Open Winner and First CaddiePlayer non official Player that I assist back in 2012 to get a Top10 in PGA tour ) Todd kindly granted me a “PlayerGuestBadge”. Having a “PlayerGuesBadge” is the ultimate “Sesame Ouvre Toi” to see closer and better where the real action is: Players, Agents, Sponsors, Coaches, Families and close friends they are all there. So if you want to meet them just say Hi. I was there to CaddiePlayer John Daly and Todd Hamilton. Daly because last time I was at the British 1995 he won and since then I got to meet Daly's girl friend Annie now her Caddie too.

However my biggest surprise of all would not come from Hamilton’s “PlayerGuestBadge” but from my every day Journey Back to Liverpool one hour Train ride from Hoylake. Its 20h30, after a long day at Hoylake I finally arrive at JamesStreetStation down Town Liverpool to disembark and run up to the Elevator as a last to enter, I find myself face to face with who I believe to be Sean Foley!? Is it really him?? I saw him on TV, on Magazine, on the Web, Foley the coach of Tiger Woods face to face with Me in a Liverpool Train Station Elevator!?

What to do next? So here I say: Are you Sean Foley? The Famous Sean Foley? When he answer “Yes” and I said: “cool me too I am a coach” He looked at me and must have thought “So What…” but then I said: “I am a CaddiePlayer coach… “ I gave him the CaddiePlayer brochure, my card and explain Foley that CaddiePlayer is a course management solution when he answers: “… Yes, course management is important….” and here our “Face to Face” ended. He turned left to his hotel and me right to mine…. Walking back I thoughts wooah…. I just met Sean Foley the most wanted Coach of the moment in a public Train Station… Will he contact me? Instead GOD did it.

Next day, Friday 20h30 as thousands of people are heading home after another day of British Open Golf extravaganza, I am at Hoylake Train Station and guess what? Sean Foley is again next to me!? What a coincidence, I thought what!? “This is too much….” I toke out my camera not to miss this First-class Selfi to post it on my facebook page and witness tens of “I Like”.  To make it short, I got to ride a one hour train journey next to SUPER BUSY, SUPER COACH Sean Foley…. When he finally start to ask me questions….

Until next time!

Stéphane Barras, CaddiePlayer or Die = The ultimate Science into Golf Solution

 

Family celebration Rory MciLroy with Mother an Father Gerry who also win his 100'000£ 2004  bet.

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