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

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,309 ratings  ·  87 reviews
To really know someone, as the saying goes, you must walk a mile in their shoes. But to really understand a golfer, you've got to work as their caddy. Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly managed to get some very intriguing golfers to let him lug their bag and write what he learned both about the game and the folks who play it. Going hole to hole with them let Reilly k...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 416 pages
Published May 6th 2003 by Random House Large Print (first published January 1st 2003)
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Eddy Allen

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...more
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...more
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...more
Nick S
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...more
Charlie Thomsen
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...more
Dallin Hansen
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...more
Dylan Pence
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
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
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
Nick Ewen
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
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...more
Nikolas Bayuk
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
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
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
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...more
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!
Aug 09, 2007 JT rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Golfers, Reilly fans, sports fans
Shelves: non-fiction
This is an ingenius idea for a book, and I'm not sure anyone but Reilly could have done it justice.

Each chapter details his experience caddying for a famous person, ranging from professional golfers to ex-Presidents. Also included: caddying for a professional gambler, a blind golfer, a woman professional golfer, and Bill Murray.

It's funny as hell, and provides great insights into the game of golf as well as the lives of the players.
Rick Reilly shows in "Who's Your Caddy" why you either love him or hate him. Rick tried to be funny at timed, but didn't appear to be successful in doing so. He split up and made a book with different stories of one golfer or celebrity per chapter. If you are not a golf fan than this probably isn't the book for you because their isn't very many life lessons and an average comedic style to which Rick Reilly tries to write sometimes.
May 23, 2007 Alison rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: golf fans, random sports trivia fans
I picked this one up at my parents' house; they both had read and enjoyed it. I like Reilly's column in SI so I thought I'd give it a whirl, and found it to be pretty fun stuff. The chapters on John Daly and Donald Trump are funny, while those on Casey Martin and blind golfer Bob Andrews strike an emotional cord. Reilly isn't the greatest writer of all time, or even the greatest sportswriter of all time, but I like him alright.
Craig Stratton
This was a funny look at the inside world of golf. In the book Reilly caddys for all sorts of people from pros to gamblers to celebrities. The descriptions of the rounds of the people he caddies for are very well written, intertwined with his own struggles to grasp the basics of caddying. This is a very light, entertaining book that most sports fans and weekend golfers should enjoy.
Zach Fehringer
This book is a fantastic book, if you enjoy golf. He experiences the highs and lows of caddying. From caddying to one of the best golfers ever, to a lady golfer, and finally to a blind golfer, he has struggles for each golfer and he realizes that caddying is not just carrying a bag of clubs. If you enjoy watching, playing, or learning about golf, READ THIS BOOK!
a great idea for a book. a nice variety of people are represented. he loops (carries the golf bag) for a variety of people including Jack Nicklaus, John Daly, Mr. Trump, Bob Newhart Deepak Chopra and a variety of others.

It was a fast read, engaging and it doesn't hurt that Reilly is funny as hell and not afraid to poke the bear every once in a while.
Michael Huntone
May 12, 2010 Michael Huntone rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Golfers and Rick Reilly fans
Another Reilly classic! Reilly covers everything from Trump's ego, to blind golfers, and everything in between- including parts over John Daly no one wants to imagine much less read about. Interesting side note- David Duval is a crazy avid reader, who dreams of owning his own bookshop. If I didn't like this guy enough already, now I'm really a fan.
To round out his portrait of the golfing life, Reilly also caddied at the Masters, persuaded Deepak Chopra and Donald Trump to use him as a caddy, accompanied high-rolling golf hustlers in Las Vegas around the course, and carried the bag for a blind golfer.fairway woods
Rick Reilly is a very witty writer. He caddied for an eclectic group of golfers including Jack Nicklaus, Bob Newhart and Donald Trump and wonderfully captured the experiences. He was particularly strong in capturing the personalities of those he caddied for and explaining how that showed through in their golf game.
I laughed out loud as I read this book. A little bit of language, and brutal honesty make this a book that is hard to put down, and hard to stop laughing. As a caddy growing up this made my day, but for any golf lover this will truly be a great book to read that will give you a new appreciation for the game.
loved his old columns in si....that weren't totally obviously weepy.....this should be fun....

....i have now learned that though i enjoy short little one page columns....a little rick goes a long way. there were parts of this book that were really good, but there were other parts where i just wanted to skip.
Eric Arndt
This was really interesting to get a behind the scenes look at these people's life as it pertains to golf. The John Daly chapter and the Casey Martin chapter were my favorite. I feel for Casey Martin, all the drive and talent in the world but a bum leg that will keep him from getting there. Sad story!
I absolutely love Rick Reilly but this book wasn’t my favorite. In Who’s Your Caddy? Rick plays Caddy for several different people from different walks of life. Throughout the book he uses his fabulous wit and banter to describe each occasion but I still prefer his novels or column.
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