The Teacher Behind the Tee:
A Caddie’s Role in Golf Movies
Clancy Waugh
Screen Shot 12.3, Will Smith as Bagger Vance and Matt Damon as Rannulph Junuh in The
Legend of Bagger Vance (2000).
In some ways, caddies are the unsung heroes of golf. Caddies
endure the same rigors of the game as golfers along with the added
weight of the golf bag and clubs. What is less obvious to spectators is
the lessons that can come from caddies, especially from an
unforgettable caddy character like Bagger Vance (Will Smith). As a
collegiate golfer, I have learned to understand and appreciate the
benefits of having a great caddie on the bag. From having my father
caddie and carry my bag to having a stranger caddie for me, I have
noticed just how much a having the right person as a caddy can help an
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