Going Leisure Friday: The Fringe & Short Q&A Session

main_golf_swing1When having a conversation about the leisure sport of golf, you want to know what you are talking about. Pineappleope is here today for your benefit. The Fringe is a closely mowed area of grass immediately off the putting surface and surrounding the rough green. Grass in the fringe is higher than that on the green, but is much lower than the rough that would be farther off the green. Players (golfers) will often still use their putters when their ball has come to rest on the fringe, much to my dismay.

Sometimes called a collar, but not always accurately. Collar and fringe may be the same thing in many instances, but a collar is not necessarily as closely mowed as a fringe. A collar may refer to a collar of rough, for instance; fringe is always closely mowed.

Fact: The World’s Largest Green is that of the 695-yard, 5th hole, a par 6 at the International Golf Club in Massachusetts, with an area in excess of 28,000 square feet.
I have a couple of questions about caddies. What do golfers look for in a caddy? What are the requirements of being a caddy? Is there a school for caddies? -Don


Dear Don, First off thanks for the question. Caddies are a lot like clubs, you have to go with what feels right. Each player (golfer) will have unique criteria in choosing the perfect caddy. Different things will be important for different players, obviously.

323891Generally players look for a strong knowledge of the game (golf) and the rules (of golf), along with a certain winning personality. The personality aspect is the variable factor involved. Some players would prefer a quiet-type caddy while other players might choose one with a loud motivational personality to keep them pumped up and positive throughout the round. Some want one with an opinion, others want a yes-man.

As for requirements, there really aren’t any official ones, but certainly a strong understanding of the caddy role is mandatory. Another unwritten requirement would include being in great shape to carry the equipment sometimes for 5 hours or late night. I don’t believe that there are any caddy universities. Making your way to becoming a caddy on tour is generally a who-do-you-know situation…extremely difficult to break into without a contact on tour. Showing up at tournaments and filling in for someone is about the only way otherwise. Good luck, thanks again and remember…

Love the game,
Pineappleope.com Official

One Reply to “Going Leisure Friday: The Fringe & Short Q&A Session”

  1. OK, I think I get it… a caddy is like a prostitute. Sometimes you want a quiet one, sometimes you want one that can go five hours in a night.

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