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Who's Your Caddy? Who's Your Caddy? Who's Your Caddy?

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  1,784 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
Who knows a golfer best? Who's with them every minute of every round, hears their muttering, knows whether they cheat? Their caddies, of course. So sportswriter Rick Reilly figured that he could learn alot about the players and their game by caddying, even though he had absolutely no idea how to do it. Amazingly, some of the best golfers in the world-including Jack Nicklau ...more
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Published May 6th 2003 by Anchor Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Eddy Allen
Apr 13, 2014 Eddy Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Who knows a golfer best? Who's with them every minute of every round, hears their muttering, knows whether they cheat? Their caddies, of course. So sportswriter Rick Reilly figured that he could learn alot about the players and their game by caddying, even though he had absolutely no idea how to do it. Amazingly, some of the best golfers in the world-including Jack Nicklaus, David Duval, Tom Lehman, John Daly, Jill McGill of the LPGA tour, and Casey Martin-agreed to let Reilly carry their bag
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Neil
Jun 06, 2009 Neil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reilly is funny, and the sections of this book where he caddies at the Masters, for John Daly, Donald Trump, Jack Nicklaus, and Deepak Chopra are excellent. His other trips with PGA tour pros are good too. He must be doing something right: he made me feel like watching a golf tournament, or following the PGA which I haven't done since I sold my own clubs after years of terrible driving spoiled the game for me.

He's a little bit less effective when he's trying to be inspirational. For me, the las
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Karen
This might actually pass the Bechdel Test, in the one chapter devoted to the LPGA. There might be some conversations between women there, about golf and lesbianism / perceptions of lesbianism.

Sometimes I like to read golf books, in memory of my Dad. Whose book this was, and who probably didn't enjoy it that much because it's pretty crass. I probably should have considered the cover on this one, but it gave me my annual golf lingo fix, so okay.
Jaime
Sep 20, 2010 Jaime rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports-ish
I started reading Rick's weekly stories in the back of SI when my ex would get the magazine. And since I laughed so much week to week, when I found this book, I had to try it. And it did not disappoint.

Someone being totally honest, and comical, about some of the big names on the PGA and LPGA is great. In most of the situations in the stories, most of us would have walked/run away and never looked back. Rick, however, takes the sour and sometimes happy incidents and makes them amusing for those o
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Larry
Oct 08, 2014 Larry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Apparently Rick Reilly is a writer for Sports Illustrated. As I should have guessed, it’s written like a magazine article.

Unlike any other sport e.g. football, in the instance of a caddy, you can get CLOSE to a professional athlete. Be part of the game. I thought that there would be substantive insights. Actually, it’s a ULTRA-lite read. Just a “goof” – supposed to be fun. That’s all well and good – but you REALLY have to be an avid golfer to enjoy this book.

Reilly caddied for professional golfe
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Nick S
Nov 30, 2012 Nick S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whether or not seen as or thought of as a pointless journey, Who’s your caddy? is a book of meaning.

In a society where football, baseball, basketball, wrestling, etc. are only considered to be a “real sport”, people and athletes in other sports tend to stand as outcasts to others. When in reality, there are many more people that do other sports that involve more athletic ability, smartness, common sense, and the will and desire to practice for hours upon hours a day. While being a husband, fath
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Charlie Thomsen
Jan 17, 2013 Charlie Thomsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1) Who's Your Caddy
2) Rick Reilly
3) Nonfiction - Sports
4) Rick Reilly is a journalist for ESPN. He is an avid golfer and wanted a different perspective of the game. He offers to caddy for pros, amateurs, women, and sharks (players who bet).
5) The book was a non-fiction narrative, so there wasn't necessarily a theme or motif. I learned a lot about the game of golf, the tasks of a caddy, and other golf related things that are not well known. I have much more respect for a caddy after reading this
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Dallin Hansen
Sep 25, 2013 Dallin Hansen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Characters: i give my characters a 4. The charaters in my book were very well described because the auther would talk to ;them and ask questions so we got a lot of information aboutr them and their personal life."He's a two -packs-a-day guy except when He's a tree-packs-a-day guy"(reilly 38). I love my charaters, they are funny and really cool. they are belive able because they are real life people and they are all house hold names for most people.

Setting: The setting i give a 5. the setting in
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Dustin Gaughran
Not bad. It's a fairly quick read, but worth it. This was also the first Rick Reilly book I've read. I was happy to see that his work outside of the old Sports Illustrated columns wasn't sanitized and G rated. That made the stories in this book entertaining. He definitely caddied for a motley group of people, and the stories about them cover a lot of interesting characters. There's enough humor and golf philosophy to even everything out. I'd recommend it.
Tim
Jan 25, 2016 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book about golf that really isn't about golf at all. Reilly caddies for a variety of people from all walks of life (most well known) such as Donald Trump, John Daly, even Bob Newhart. Each chapter is insightful, funny and often touching. I do think it's true you can find out more about who somebody really is in 18 holes of golf than you can sitting next to them in an office for a year.
Bob Alger
Aug 07, 2015 Bob Alger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Understand that this book is meant to just be fun. Don't take it too seriously our analyze the prose of the sports writer.

Rick tells the stories of these golfers and celebrities like no one else can. Yes it's a book about golf, but it's really about some very interesting people and what makes them tick.

Great book to read on a vacation, especially a golf vacation.
Dylan Pence
Oct 18, 2011 Dylan Pence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In chapter two, pages 30-55, Rick Reilly, a reporter for the popular network ESPN, explores the caddy position with another professional golfer. This golfer is 35-year-old John Daly. Daly is know as one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour, and he is also known as a guy who is notorious for abusing drugs and loosing millions of dollars gambling. While Reilly is there to caddy for Daly, Reilly also wants to ask Daly some questions about his past. Daly has had some of the largest triumphs in his ...more
Tom Gase
Oct 27, 2010 Tom Gase rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if there is a better sportswriter alive than Rick Reilly. I don't even watch or play golf that much, if ever, and this book made me want to play 18 holes immediately. In this book Reilly caddies for 12 golfers including Tommy Aaron, who kind of comes off as an asshole; Jack Nicklaus, Casey Martin, Donald Trump, Bob Newhart, and a golfer that is blind just to name a few. Reilly's stories make you laugh hysterically and they contain some of the best sentences you'll ever read in sport ...more
Richard Lister
Jul 05, 2016 Richard Lister rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great fun from on of America's wryest writers. There are insights born of fun stories about not just the intricacy and art of caddying. Reilly gives a glimpse into some outside pro golf who are liked admired--including one or more who perhaps may not be so widely appreciated.

All in all, a fun read.

Cindy
Jan 01, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This might be my SECOND review of this book as I am somewhat behind but here goes:
Delightful stories but perhaps most enjoyed by golfers or watchers of the game...not sure others would understand many of the references made by Rick Reilly. I loved his columns in Sports Illustrated when the magazine would arrive for the males in my family, and he doesn't disappoint here in telling tales of some of golf's greats and not-so-greats as they allow him to caddy for them. 'Caddy' might be too strong a
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Chris
Sep 05, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An unlikely book for me, given to me by an unlikely source, my mother. She always enjoyed reading Rick Reilly's articles in Sports Illustrated, in the same way some people only buy the newspaper to read a particular comic like Dilbert, or the New Yorker for the cartoons. Reilly has a sharp, funny way of painting a picture for the reader. You don't have to be a golfer to like this book. If anything, it helps non-golfers understand why people hit little white balls with crooked sticks, and chase a ...more
Greg Wendschlag
Jul 04, 2016 Greg Wendschlag rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reilly is my favorite sports writer. The guy keeps me laughing page after page. Older book from when John Daly was front page news but it's hilarious even if you don't know who he's writing about.
Nick Ewen
Mar 23, 2009 Nick Ewen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rick Reilly does it again. For anyone remotely interested in watching or playing golf, this book is a MUST. "Who's Your Caddy?" takes Reilly's never-ending wit and couples it with the many absurdities that the game of golf can create. The result is a hilarious look at the sport of golf, from its illustrious stars (Jack Nicklaus, Tom Lehman) to its nefarious characters (Dewey Tomko, of WSP fame, who doesn't break a sweat over betting $50,000 A HOLE!) to its celebrity players (Donald Trump, Bob Ne ...more
Michael
Jan 19, 2009 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Usually, if I put a book down after only 25 pages it would get only one star. This one gets two because it's a fantastic concept...just poorly executed. The author is funny and I was really getting into the book, but after a dozen or so pages, he decided that the 3rd commandment given to Moses atop Mount Sinai was meerly a suggestion to be followed only if convenient. The three F-bombs on page 25 sealed the deal for me.

If your vocabulary is so limited as to require the use of profanity to "get y
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James Willey
Jan 28, 2016 James Willey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny book for golfers. Non golfers may enjoy the chapters on Donald Trump, Bob Newhart, and Depok Chopra.
Nikolas Bayuk
Jun 25, 2014 Nikolas Bayuk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such an interesting look into the world of professional golf. This was a great book idea for Reilly.
Gavin Binns
Sep 06, 2010 Gavin Binns is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
So far this book is way better than I thought it would be. When I saw the book I thought that it would be all about boring golf stats and stuff like that. Instead the book is very entertaining and funny. The book is about a caddy named John and his experiences with golfers. He has caddied for many golfers and has a lot of great stories. So far in the book he has caddied for an older golfer named Andy who is in his sixties. Andy's old caddy was giving him an attitude and is now giving John a chan ...more
David Scanlan
Nov 08, 2010 David Scanlan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book by Rick Reilly. I found it very funny at sometimes. He used humor to get across the important points. I found it interesting what his feeling and thoughts were as he was a caddy for players. Its something I might do for fun one day. A couple things I didn't like about the book was that it didn't really have a story-line. Just each chapter was basically a new story about caddying for a new person. I would have been nice if he has tied the stories together more.Overall I ...more
Drew Stiling
Moderately entertaining. Probably took Riles about 10 minutes to write.
Rob
Jan 24, 2016 Rob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great fun and you learn a bit about professional golf in the bargain.
Don Weidinger
Jul 31, 2014 Don Weidinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arkansas baby, gamblers play with cash, Nicholas where are you from.
Tad
Jul 26, 2008 Tad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rick Reilly is absolutely hilarious and by consensus the best sportswriter of our time. In this book, he caddies for top senior, men's and women's golfers, a blind man and Donald Trump. Every page has a laugh. Reilly is a master at simile and metaphor, and such colorful writing is delightful. Warning: Many pages are also a blue, as in there is a lot of swearing and innuendo. The chapter on John Daly is particularly close to R rated. Definitely PG-13 and really more, closer to R, if not that. The ...more
Bill Clarkin
Feb 11, 2016 Bill Clarkin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny. And because it is a little dated some of the profiles take on additional interest. Donald Trump. Casey Martin.
John
Jun 13, 2014 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like sports writers who tackle their subject with humor. I have to listen to a lot of local sports writers who treat the matter like it is life and death. This book gives some insight into how each golfer approaches the game. The chapter about Donald Trump was fascinating. It shows how one man can be admired and condemned at the same time. Also enjoyed the chapter with Bob Newhart. His humor and dry wit.
Now that I heard Rick is retiring from sports writing I hope that future writers for sports
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Jane
May 08, 2008 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, Rick Riley you make me laugh. This is the best book in the world, but if you're a golfer, and can laugh at yourself as you golf, you'll enjoy this book. Riley, a writer for Sports Illustrated, takes a year of his life to spend it caddying with the big boys -- and girls. Not all the stories are squeeky clean, but they certainly will teach you a few things about your golf idols you didn't know before. And I know I won't be running away from home to become a caddy any day soon!
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