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3 Things I've Learned After Becoming a Looper this Summer.

This summer, I became a part time looper.


I caddy at Erin Hills anywhere from 4-6 days a week, depending on the week.


I absolutely love it.


The reason I founded SCRATCH Golf Training was to:

  1. Empower golfers to uncover athleticism, increase performance and further their love for the game

  2. Build a community of like-minded, hard-working golfers determined to pursue growth

I've discovered that caddying has allowed me to further pursue this mission... in a slightly different context.


It's put me on the front lines with you.


It's put me side-by-side the golfers I work with... amongst their sport.


I've learned a few things that I believe everybody can benefit from.


Here they are!


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First, EXPERIENCE is EVERYTHING.


I love posting a low round.


I love helping my athletes and golfers score low and improve their handicaps.


There's nothing like the feeling of sharing golf stories with your buddies about highlights from your last round... such as how you saved bogey on the 18th to break 80 for the first time (me, last year... nearly blew it).


Or, talking up the eagle chip in you had en route to a back nine 36 (true story, just last week actually!)


But I've realized that for 99% of golfers in this world, the score being posted should be secondary - and prioritizing it as such may actually help your score!


Priority number 1 is the experience of the round.


"Experience" encompasses so many different factors of the game...

  • Conversation with your playing partners

  • Meeting new friends and reconnecting with old ones

  • The course, and taking in it's beauty

  • Attitude and our emotional response to golf shots

  • Walking the course and connecting with nature

Obviously, hitting a couple of good golf shots can add to the experience as well, but I've realized that for the "best" golfers I caddy for, this is secondary.


In my opinion, the "best" golfers that walk off the 18th green aren't necessarily the ones that posted the lowest score...


It's the golfer that took the 5 hour round to communicate and converse with me and their playing partners.


It's the golfer that I often catch pausing to look around.


It's the golfer that doesn't complain about the slow group in front of us but instead says, "this pace really gives me the chance to take in this round"


It's the golfer that tells me all about the big buddies trips they take every year and how it brings them closer together - I'm thrilled that I get to serve as a part of their reconnection.


Score is important, I love posting a low one... but EXPERIENCE should be THE priority every time we tee it up.

 
 

SECOND, play the right tees.


This one is simple - PLAY THE CORRECT TEES.


If you can't hit the ball more than 230 yards... don't play the blue tees (~7200 yards).


Now, everybody, including you, CAN gain speed.


I truly believe in that.


If you put in the work to increase your clubhead speed and gain distance off the tee you sure can play the blues... but until then, play the correct tees.


Having long irons/hybrids/woods consistently into par 4's makes for a long day and a lot of missed GIRs.


Set yourself up for success. Drop the ego. Play the correct tees.


THIRD, back 9 fatigue is REAL.


Even for elite golfers, fatigue sets in.


I've seen many rounds fall apart during the 13, 14, 15 stretch simply due to fatigue setting in - both mental and physical.


In order to perform your best and avoid injuries (which often pop up during moments of high fatigue), physically prepare yourself for the demands of the sport.


Start HERE with an article I wrote all about how we should be ELIMINATING FATIGUE.


CONCLUSION


To summarize...

  1. EXPERIENCE first, scoring second.

  2. Play the right tees.

  3. Eliminate fatigue with a little proactive fitness.

Also, if you are coming to Erin Hills this year, request me as your looper! We'll have an ELITE day.


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Carter Schmitz

Founder and Head Coach SCRATCHGolfTraining.com - And Part-Time Looper

CSCS, TPI


Carter is a strength and conditioning coach out of the Milwaukee area working with athletes, in-person and virtually. Having helped hundreds of athletes, ranging from the middle school to the professional level and beyond, Carter brings a breadth of experience and knowledge to every athlete he works with. He launched SCRATCHGolfTraining.com in the summer of 2021 to help empower golfers to greater performance and longevity.


Carter believes ALL golfers are athletes, and they should be training accordingly.


Become a SCRATCH Athlete today, and start training like the ATHLETE you are!