What one man learned from caddying with Tiger Woods
Derrick Payne owns and operates a Miami-area golf academy, which means he teaches junior golfers as young as 3 years old. As a result, he’s seen the full spectrum of parenting.
“You see it so often in youth sports but especially in golf, parents trying to live vicariously through their kids. It leads to arguments; we see tears all the time. You see dads working on their sons’ or daughters’ golf swings while they’re walking down the fairway, arguing about decisions on the last par-3.
“And I’m just like, Let them hit the ball! Go find it! Hit it again until it gets in the hole and then be supportive, say great shot. Great effort.”
But on Saturday, Aug. 15, Payne wound up caddying alongside a parent whose caddying style he found particularly admirable.