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Diary of a caddy: Mark Long

Posted: March 13, 2009 1:34 a.m.
Updated: March 13, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Typically, at a pro-am, we treat it as a practice. Fred’s a great guy to play with in the pro-am because he’s always happy and gives the amateurs a good natured tough-time. Fred’s the only golfer that the amateurs have to say, “quiet please,” to before they take a shot.

We kind of experiment during the pro-am. Try a couple of different clubs, take a couple of risky shots. We try to prepare for what might happen in the tournament.

We learned a lot today.

The course is playing a lot different this year.

It’s playing a lot longer off the tee. The greens are a lot firmer than last year.

The ball’s releasing a lot more.

Those conditions should make the scoring tough.

It’s often harder to get the ball closer to the hole in general — it makes it tougher when the greens are firm.

A new thing Fred’s trying is his putter is weighted. He has a weight that goes in the butt end of the club and it can vary the weight, bring the balance of club.

He put it in his driver.

Fred’s not scared to try new clubs.

It’s a mystery to do though because you never know how you’re going to play.

It’s taking some risks, but he’s done it before and succeeded.

We’ll see.

It makes the situation tougher to caddy because you don’t know the tendency of the clubs.

He did that when he won THE PLAYERS Championship (in 2005).

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