individual throughout a single round of golf, a tournament, or even an
entire career as a golfer. Viewing films confirms that my own
experiences reflect larger patterns of experience and representation.
In the films The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005), Seven Days in
Utopia (2011) and The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000), the caddie plays a
crucial role in the eventual success of the golfer. Within the film, The
Great Game Ever Played, a young boy named Eddie Lowry (Josh Flitter)
helps his player, Frances Ouimet (Shia LaBeouf) fight his struggles with
nerves to win the United States Open Championship. The movie, Seven
Days in Utopia, a character named Johnny, portrayed by Robert Duvall,
helps a young golfer with promising talent get past his anger issues to
beat out the best in the world in a professional golf event. The Legend of
Bagger Vance deals with race when a black caddie named Vance helps a
former, amateur, standout golfer, Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon), get
back to his former glory and compete with the best golfers of his time.
In all three films, as well as my personal experience, having a caddie
who knows his or her golfer is vital to a golfer’s success during a round
of golf.
While most would not define a caddie as a teacher, I would beg
to differ. In order to be the best caddie, one must go out of their way
to truly get to know their player. In The Hollywood Curriculum; Teachers in
the Movies, Mary M. Dalton establishes The Hollywood Model for
teachers as one that requires the teacher to be personally involved with
their students and to have a personalized curriculum for each student
in order to be considered successful (14). First, it is a given that a caddie
must get personally involved with their player. Not only do caddies get
involved on the golf course, movie caddies also teach lessons that
spread far past the game itself. While golf is the tool that they use to
teach the lesson, the meaning of the lesson often transcends sport. Each
lesson taught by the caddie to the player is also specifically dedicated to
make that individual player better. While certain lessons work for all,
caddies in films find one that targets their individual golfer. Specifically,
in golf films, these lessons usually work as motivators for the athletes
to reach the pinnacle of their performance, whether that is competing
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