CHAT WITH A TOUR CADDY! Mike Christensen, caddy for Kevin Streelman Friday 7pm ET!

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  • mikeychrmikeychr Members Posts: 42












    Thanks Biggest Fan! My best memories as a caddie always come when he has a chance to win. I never thought it would be this way, but being in the hunt, even as a caddie, is a thrill. That first win for Kevin is going to be the most memorable- and soon!



    Forgetting to put the flag back in the hole at the Barclays in 2010 is a moment I’d like to rewind... wow. And I don’t get nervous. (kidding btw)



  • mikeychrmikeychr Members Posts: 42


    Mike, as well as his boss, is among my favorite people on Twitter.



    1. It seems that the trust factor between a player and his caddy can never overstated. Is it easier to build that trust if your friends, or does it make it more difficult?



    2. Players tend to be different in what they want from a caddy, some want you to tell them what shot to hit while others just want you to confirm the shot they want to hit. How do you determine when a player wants a particular approach without telling you?
  • mikeychrmikeychr Members Posts: 42
    Great question.









    I know it helped that Kevin and I had played so much golf together before I caddied for him. There are times that I am wrong, but like one veteran caddie told me- ‘if they continue to ask for advice after a mistake, it means they still trust you. if they stop, time to look for a new job"









    I really feed off of how he is feeling and how I think his instincts are that day. He is a great athlete and if he is in that zone where his distance control and reads are perfect, I become a ‘yes’ man. The days he is a little off or the pressure is cranked up, that is when it takes the patience and ability to re-direct him.









  • mikeychrmikeychr Members Posts: 42
    HipCheck wrote:


    Mike how do you create the yardage books? Do you walk the course alone ahead of time or is it only during practice rounds? The glimpse you provided us into the Masters yardage book is fascinating.
  • mikeychrmikeychr Members Posts: 42
    Br1an02; wrote:


    You see many times on tour that winners were in the top 5 or 10 in putting the week they won, but with your experience do you think putting or short game is more important to success?
  • mikeychrmikeychr Members Posts: 42
    You can't be a poor putter and succeed on Tour, but the one thing I have seen from the best players that separates them from everyone else is there pitching and chipping. Webb and Luke this year and Tiger and Phil forever.
  • Late4ttimeLate4ttime Members Posts: 407
    Thanks for taking the time to join us.



    What is your preferred method to get specific yardages for your book?



    Do you ever get to play the courses before the tourney starts or are you essentially "on the clock" and always doing caddy duties?



    Late-
  • mikeychrmikeychr Members Posts: 42


    Hi Mikey,



    How many takes were needed for the "Wing Man" commercial? Definitely my favorite Wilson commercial so far.
  • mikeychrmikeychr Members Posts: 42
    Apparently I have been butchering how to reply to these questions.... won't mention my GPA at Duke.



    Got it now. As much as I would like to take certain weeks off, it all comes down to what I think is best for Kevins energy level. One line a player said to me once that stuck- it takes confidence to take time off during the season.

    I gave him a wrong yardage at Riviera his rookie year and he hit a perfect shot that landed on the green, 40 feet short of the hole. He was a little upset, but then made the put. Problem Solved.



    We have a ton in common. We are constantly laughing and telling stories.



    ]Mike - First off - thanks for doing this and giving us another "inside the ropes" perspective. A few qu

    1) When Kevin takes some tournaments off to rest and get away, do you feel the same or would you rather just keep playing and get another week in at another event (especially if you see Kevin is in a groove and playing well & cashing )



    2) What's the bigest "boo boo" that you did with Kevin during a round and how did he handle it?



    3) Certainly not all the talk during the round is about golf - what do you and Kevin chat about (or are interested in) that help keep the two of you "fresh" and focused for each shot?



    Best of luck this year - I wish you both huge success.



    Greg

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  • chicgolf19chicgolf19 Members Posts: 151
    edited Jan 13, 2012 #41
    Which Rookie on the PGA tour this year do you think will do the best, or win a tournament?
  • mikeychrmikeychr Members Posts: 42


    Okay...couple of questions?



    1. After the range session on the way to the first tee, you notice Kevin is either a club longer/shorter than usual...but he is concerned with striking it and hasn't mentioned that he noticed...do you let him choose his first club and then correct him and tell him why...or....do you just hand him his first iron and if he questions then explain why?

    SO I guess are you more proactive or reactive on course.



    2. How good is Kevin at reading greens..really, you can tell us, we KNOW...you read them all and he just listen's right??? LOL!!

    a. You don't help at all

    b. you read them all and when Kevin misses you tell him he mis-hit it.

    c. you both read, agree and then he hit's the putt

    d. none of the above...WTH???



    Thanks for your time, looking forward to your answers to all the questions we can think up!

    Thanks to Golfwrx for making something like this happen for us to get an inside look at Tour life...seems to be happening regularly around here and I love it!!






    Greg is helping me 'properly' use this chat format.



    I have worked so long for Kevin that if his distances are that off, we know it is swing or club related. But there are always adjustments based on weather, elevation, etc.

    I help him on all of the reads, but he is an incredible green reader. The only time I completely disagree is when I think he has a line that there is no possible speed to make that putt. Like all of us, there are days when he sees the line and days where he doesn't.





  • ThemikeruzThemikeruz Members Posts: 2
    Anything new in the bag this year?
  • mikeychrmikeychr Members Posts: 42
    Late4ttime wrote:


    Thanks for taking the time to join us.



    What is your preferred method to get specific yardages for your book?



    Do you ever get to play the courses before the tourney starts or are you essentially "on the clock" and always doing caddy duties?



    Late-




    No playing for me on the course the week of unfortunately. But I do sneak in a shot #7 at pebble every year.

    The books are very accurate with their yardages. I double check them with a Bushnell if needed.





  • mikeychrmikeychr Members Posts: 42
    Themikeruz wrote:


    Anything new in the bag this year?






    I am pretty sure everything is close to the same other than the Driver. He has been messing with a few, but not sure if he has made the final decision. I will find out for sure next Thursday! ha

    He is working with a golf label company that is pretty cool. Check out their website- mygolfclublabel.com

  • mikeychrmikeychr Members Posts: 42
    chicgolf19 wrote:


    Which Rookie on the PGA tour this year do you think will do the best, or win a tournament?




    I have heard there are some really good young players. The guy I think is going to have success is Edward Loar. Left hander from Texas who is a friend of mine. It took him awhile to get out there, but the guy will win.
  • mikeychrmikeychr Members Posts: 42
    rsjasonp wrote:


    Seriously?........sorry had to say it.




    When the new commercial airs we are going to hear 'Seriously' even more. It's fun though.
  • HSGolfCoachHSGolfCoach Members Posts: 10 ✭✭
    How did you get started being a caddie?
  • INTOTHEVOIDINTOTHEVOID Members Posts: 90
    Thanks for chatting with us. What is Kevin's wedge setup?

    Thanks!
  • mikeychrmikeychr Members Posts: 42
    tbomb wrote:


    Mike,



    Welcome to WRX and thanks for the time.



    1) What kind of hours do you and Kevin logged on the range during a practice week/tournament week/major week?

    2) Do you ever look at a shot and think, "I could make that shot" while Kevin lays up? (lol ala Tin Cup reference above)

    3) Some have mentioned you have some game, so lets hear of a low round or handicap





    Take good care and good luck to you both in 2012.




    Kevin has more confidence in my game than I do. He has adjusted his practice so that most of the 'work' during the season is during the off weeks. Major weeks always tend to be amped up, but I think we have realized how important it is to keep a consistent routine. Usually he will practice a bit Monday, play 9 and practice for 2-3 hours Tuesday, and then Pro-am Weds.



    If the moment is right, I will give him a jab if he hits a shot that I think I couldve hit better. It doesn't happen often anymore. I have had a couple of 60 and 61's, but I can throw up an 80 as well. I am a plus 2 or 3 handicap.
  • mikeychrmikeychr Members Posts: 42


    Thanks for chatting with us. What is Kevin's wedge setup?

    Thanks!




    For the past several years, he has been a 48, 54, 59 degree set up. He has been working hard on his distance control in the off season. The best two wedge players I have ever seen- Stricker and Luke- are scary good with their dc.





  • mikeychrmikeychr Members Posts: 42
    duffer 101 wrote:


    How did you get started being a caddie?




    I played professional a bit after college and when I felt ready to do something else, Kevin was going to 1st stage of Q school and I just filled in. It snow-balled into this.









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    Hi Mike,



    Thanks for taking time to join us. I hope the tour players appreciate you guys. You all seem to work very hard :-)



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  • mikeychrmikeychr Members Posts: 42
    pga43 wrote:


    How close did you hit it on # 17 at the Players Championship last year?





    Greg




    I hit it to about 30 feet which felt like a success! I hit it in the water the year before. Never thought a 125 yard shot could be so tough.
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    edited Jan 13, 2012 #55
    mikeychr wrote:

    pga43 wrote:


    How close did you hit it on # 17 at the Players Championship last year?





    Greg




    I hit it to about 30 feet which felt like a success! I hit it in the water the year before. Never thought a 125 yard shot could be so tough.




    I was video taping your swing on that shot and never did see where it ended up.



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  • INTOTHEVOIDINTOTHEVOID Members Posts: 90
    mikeychr wrote:



    Thanks for chatting with us. What is Kevin's wedge setup?

    Thanks!




    For the past several years, he has been a 48, 54, 59 degree set up. He has been working hard on his distance control in the off season. The best two wedge players I have ever seen- Stricker and Luke- are scary good with their dc.




    Thanks. Good info.



    What does a typical range warm up session look like for Kevin? Also what would you recommend for the average golfer to get ready for a round?



    Thanks!
  • mikeychrmikeychr Members Posts: 42


    You ever hit any shots during a practice round to remember???






    I do remember a shot that his old instructor hit. We were playing the famous 16th at TPC Scottsdale, with the bleachers up, and he (to be remain nameless) hit it over the grandstands to the left. Wish I had it on video.



  • mikeychrmikeychr Members Posts: 42
    pga43 wrote:

    mikeychr wrote:

    pga43 wrote:


    How close did you hit it on # 17 at the Players Championship last year?





    Greg




    I hit it to about 30 feet which felt like a success! I hit it in the water the year before. Never thought a 125 yard shot could be so tough.




    I was video taping your swing on that shot and never did see where it ended up.



    [size="4"]Did Streels put any cash in the jar to bet on you?[/size]




    Yes. Like I said, he has more confidence in my game than I do. He gets more bummed out than I do if I don't hit a good shot.
  • mikeychrmikeychr Members Posts: 42

    mikeychr wrote:



    Thanks for chatting with us. What is Kevin's wedge setup?

    Thanks!




    For the past several years, he has been a 48, 54, 59 degree set up. He has been working hard on his distance control in the off season. The best two wedge players I have ever seen- Stricker and Luke- are scary good with their dc.




    Thanks. Good info.



    What does a typical range warm up session look like for Kevin? Also what would you recommend for the average golfer to get ready for a round?



    Thanks!






    Kevin's warm up is pretty similar to most. After a stretch in the fitness trailer, he gets to the range an hour before the tee time. He works through the bag, wedge, 8, 6, 4, hybrid, 3w, Dr, and then hits two Sw's before doing 5-8 minutes of pitching and 10 minutes of putting. Kevin Stadler gets to the range about 12 minutes before his time.



  • mikeychrmikeychr Members Posts: 42
    slicktry wrote:


    how do you prepare for the day, both in the practise rounds and during the tournament?



    Going to be watching this thread closely for any tips, lol. Have caddied for the likes of Steve Marino and David Mathis, always looking to help the next pro make it to the bigs...



    God Bless

    Jer




    It really does become a routine. My job, especially on tournament days, is to make sure everything is organized and ready to go. I get to the course 2 hours before the round and check hole locations and make sure the clubs and bag is ready to go. I never want him to feel rushed at any point.
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