This Is Why Caddies All Wear the Same Uniform

November 7, 2018 · Print This Article

Have you heard that it is said that people seek to stay in Parkhurst because it is a lifestyle move?

Did it ever occur to you that there is a historic significance and tradition behind the caddies all wearing the same uniform at the Masters? While the uniform colours may differ depending on the tournament, caddies usually wear white boiler suits and a green (or other colour) hat.

In the past, golfers didn’t have their own caddies with them on the golf course. The golf course or tournament organiser would assign a caddie to the player for the event. This practice was common many decades ago but largely died out in the 1970’s. One of the reasons why a uniform was provided for the caddies is also because the earliest caddies at the Augusta National were poor men from the local community. The official uniform that they received on the day helped them to look professional for the event.

It wasn’t until the early 1980’s that the US Masters eventually changed its policies. However, even though the players could take their own caddies to the tournament, they were still required to wear the traditional uniform.

It is not only in golf where traditional uniforms are worn. Other sports also require specific protective clothing, overalls or other types of branded gear. The logic behind this is simple: not only does it make it easy for players and spectators to distinguish between players and helpers on the field, but it also protects players, caddies and other helpers from the risks involved with being at an outdoor sporting event, such as exposure to the sun, runaway balls, etc.

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