Caddy brings his Tour experience to greens
8:00am Wed Jan 04, 2017
Steven Brotherhood, left, of Newark Golf Club, caddies for David Howell.
A member of Newark Golf Club is looking to pass on his expertise as a European Tour caddy to help amateur players improve their game.
Steve Brotherhood, 37, of North Muskham, has launched the Tour Caddy Experience, which offers players useful advice around the greens.
He took up the sport as an eight-year-old and became a scratch player aged 16.
After earning his professional card at the age of 21 Brotherhood competed across Europe for three years.
However, after a few difficult years on the tour, he found his calling as a caddy, and joined forced with Steve Webster on the European Tour in 2004, helping him to win the Italian Open.
Over the years Brotherhood has worked on the tour with Paul Broadhurst and Anthony Wall, gaining seven second-placed finishes during his caddying career.
Since 2011 he has been with David Howell, and played a vital role in overseeing his victory in the prestigious Alfred Dunhill Links Championships at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns in 2013 — his first tour title in six years.
He said winning the event with Howell was among the highlights of his career in the game.
“I have had a lot of second-placed finishes, which has been difficult because you are so close to touching that trophy,” Brotherhood said.
“There was unbelievable tension and a play-off to get that win. That day has to be my best moment in golf.
“One of the key things about the job is knowing the player inside and out, and knowing what to say at the right time. There are moments when mistakes are going to be made, but my job is to take it out of his mind and keep him upbeat.”
'My main role is to be there to advise'
Brotherhood said the role of caddying required a deep understanding of the professional to ensure he could get the best out of him.
“There are days when he knows he is playing well and equally he knows there are days when he isn’t swinging it how he wants to,” he said.
“The best you can do is help him get around the course and get a score.
“My main role is to be there to advise. I can’t hit the shot for him but I’m there to make suggestions and sell it to him as best I can. Whether he listens is entirely up to him.
“I have been lucky enough over the years to see a lot of fantastic courses and meet a lot of brilliant people, but at the end of the day it’s still a job.”
After Howell failed to make the cut in his final tournament of the year at the Portugal Masters, it gave Brotherhood an extended period at home.
“It gave me around two to three months without any work,” he said.
“I have had this idea for a long while and it was a good way for me to get out of the house.
“As well as carrying a bag on the Tour for more than a decade, I have also competed as a professional so I fully understand how difficult playing the game can be.
“Shot selection is the biggest thing I work on. One thing you see with a lot of players is they think they hit the ball further than they do.
“You try and get things like the yardages, club selection, reading greens and course management into them.
“Hopefully, my insight and knowledge will lead to lower scoring and more enjoyment on the course.”
At the end of the session players receive a report card off Brotherhood to help them improve future scores.
A two-hour Tour Caddy Experience with Steve Brotherhood starts at £60. For more information follow @YourCaddyEx on Twitter or go online at www.tourcaddyexperience.com