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Diary of a caddy: Mark Long

Posted: March 14, 2009 1:22 a.m.
Updated: March 14, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
A little bit disappointing. Fred played well enough to shoot two or three under probably, just the putter.

He putted really well last week and today was the complete opposite.

That’s what happens in golf.

You never know what you’re going to get when you go out there.

He didn’t have to chip on a single hole all day.

If I’m thinking right, he hit every green or fringe, which is pretty darn good.

Usually, that produces a mid-60s round.

Pretty good tee-to-green golf.

He’s struggling a little bit with distance. He’s coming back off his knee injury, and his leg just isn’t strong yet.

He’s really not hitting his irons as long as he can.

It makes it tough to pick clubs, because on the one hand you’re trying to compensate for a little shorter distance and every once in a while he does put his good, strong swing on one and it goes a little long, so it makes a little bit of a challenge to get the clubs right.

The wind was kind of tricky today.

Last year it was real consistent. It was out of the north every day.

It was kind of swirling around today. It was tough to figure out. Makes it a little tricky.

Some players don’t ask for much input and some ask for a lot.

Fred and I discuss a lot of things on course management and club selection and stuff.

It’s a lot of fun when you’re involved, but also, if you make a mistake, it makes you feel about twice as bad as it does if you were playing by yourself, because somebody else is relying on it.

That’s the most fun part of it for me, is being able to think your way around out there. That’s a lot of fun.

You try to study the course, like this course has a lot of little, not little, but a lot of mounds on the green, and you really have to know where to land the ball and things like that.

That’s a lot of fun.

You have to do your homework, know where to play shots and things like that.

That’s a lot of fun.

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