13 September 2005

I Need A New Caddie

I was at the end of my regular Sunday golf game when she meekly told me that she "不想跟我了".

Truth to be told, I expected this day to come and I wasn't a bit surprised when she finally brought it up.

I said Ok, without even pausing for a split second to think. It was more of a reflex action rather than a thought-out response.

Before I go on, perhaps I need to give a brief introduction to the topic of caddies, since they are no longer commonly found in Singapore. Caddies can help a golfer's game a lot besides the obvious fetching of clubs as well as raking of bunkers. A caddie should know his/her course well and thus would be able to advise the golfer on what's ahead and how to approach the next shot and so on.

For the record, I use caddies not because I am some atas golfer who needed a servant but rather in Ch1na, caddies are compulsory. I thot of the idea of having a regular caddy as I wanted to harness the benefits of the rapport, built over time, between a golfer and a caddy. I don't have to tell her which club I would be needing and the caddy is familiar with my style of play already.

Yuan was a rookie when she started 2 years ago. I enjoyed working with rookies as they are more eager to learn and tend to have a more positive attitude. 2 years later, she has turned into a proficiently-seasoned caddie although I think she still have quite a bit of room to refine her skills. She still get the reading of the green wrong from time to time but I guess it will improve as she take on more experience.

I guess it all started back in mid-July when I was having an extremely bad game. It has got nothing to do with her although she read the greens wrong on a couple of occasions, costing me an extra stroke or two. However, this is within my expectation of her and I didn't really make a fuss out of it. Granted that I may be brooding moodily, but I told myself to take it easy and not lose my mental grip of things.

At the end of that game, she came up to apologise that she made a few more mistakes than she should but I reassured that there was nothing to be apologetic for. I guess that fact that I keep the whole matter down upsets her even more and she kept thinking that it was her fault, despite numerous reassurances.

Last Sunday, it happened again as I was entering yet another bout of uncontrollable bad game. Still, I knew this was my own doing and has nothing to do with the caddie. Still, she thinks it was her fault and hence the "resignation".

Me: I need a new caddie.

Friend: Why? What's wrong with the present one?

Me: She don't want to follow anymore.

Friend: Aiyah... must be your fault lah.

Me: Har?

Friend: 你要哄哄人家嘛.

Me: Me 哄 caddie? What the fuck for?

Friend: 人家毕竟是女孩子嘛,当然需要哄哄啰!

Me: You are fucking crazy. You think I choosing girlfriend from amongst the caddies har? Siao!

Oh well, time to move on. I'll be going through my list of caddies that I would be working with next. Have to start teaching the basics all over again... Haiz....

- Voxeros

1. Lynne left...
Wednesday, 14 September 2005 1:36 am
Malaysian caddies (Palm in JB) dun provide any info at all. When the players are hitting the balls, they just stand around and gossip (in Malay no less, so that we dun understand). No bloody use ...

2. Jaslyn left...
Wednesday, 14 September 2005 2:46 am ::
Can I apply? Hahaha..Then I go over China! Lolz..

3. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 14 September 2005 7:23 am ::
Lynne: You referring to Palm Resort? Yeah in general, caddies in Malaysia are pretty bad. My previous experience in Templar Park (KL) was machiam working with a bunch of drug addicts like that. Whole day sian sian like that. I heard the whole lot of them have been replaced by Thai caddies.

Jaslyn: You apply? I can see it now, suddenly a lot of chee ko peks would start to play golf on a daily basis. I wonder why?

4. hitomi left...
Wednesday, 14 September 2005 9:56 am
哎呀,哄哄人不就没事了? Better than to teach another one from scratch.

5. kIm left...
Wednesday, 14 September 2005 11:35 am
Hahahaha.. Ya.. I think the caddy wants you to 哄 her. Otherwise why would she suddenly want to resign?

6. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 14 September 2005 1:01 pm :: 
hitomi: I rather teach another one from scratch. This type of thing, especially in Ch1na, must draw the line damn clear one.

kIm: I rather not take the risk. It's is akin to playing with fire. Sure kena burn one.

7. milktea left...
Wednesday, 14 September 2005 1:03 pm ::
reading the first sentence, I thought you were talking about a girlfriend. btw, did she state why she doesn't want to work with you anymore?

8. Chen Deneng left...
Wednesday, 14 September 2005 1:15 pm
she wants to be your caddie on and off the greens as well!

9. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 14 September 2005 2:07 pm :: 
milktea: I think she can't handle the pressure of my expectation.
Ironically, I didn't really impose any yardstick nor benchmark. I think all these mental pressures all self-imposed one.

Frankly, I think she takes the game too seriously liao.

Chen Deneng: Sigh... I KNEW that jibe was going to show up sooner or later.

10. Chen Deneng left...
Wednesday, 14 September 2005 4:14 pm
in ch1na, two possible reasons why employee (or for that matter, caddie) wants to leave you:

one: they found a better sucker/employer/kao san or u refused to be made a 'lobert' by them.

two: they get head-swelled and wanted a pay raise, so threatened to leave you (hoping that you will up their salary)(in the case of caddie, maybe hoping that you will up their tips or fees or watever)(am not a golfer, so guess guessing).

11. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 14 September 2005 4:36 pm ::
Chen Deneng: Whatever the real reason is, I can't be bothered speculate lah. I just wish her all the best in whatever she hopes to achieve.
Next better caddie!

12. akk left...
Thursday, 15 September 2005 7:14 pm
wah lau! a sudden deluge of entries!! woohoo! *happy* :)

13. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 15 September 2005 8:31 pm :: 
Akk: Enjoy. Glad that it puts a smile on your face.

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