Step inside the ropes with Northern Golfer’s new Tour Tips column

Northern Golfer has teamed up with tour caddies Michael Burrow, Sean Russell and Chris Simmons to share what they’ve learned caddying for some of the best golfers in the world.

The new column in each edition of Northern Golfer will share advice any golfer can apply to their own game – from preparing for a round to some of the practice drills used by the best players in the world.

Based in Newcastle, the three caddies have experience from major championships, international team events, the Olympic Games and on the PGA, European and Ladies European tours.

Sean, who shares advice on preparing your bag for your next round in the team’s first column, said: “Caddies have an unrivalled view of the best players in the world. We spend a lot of time with our players, we walk inside the ropes with them every day, and we learn very quickly what makes them the best. Amateur golfers can learn a lot from the pros, and their caddies, and apply it with just a little bit of thought. Not everyone can practice for hours at a time, but we can all play a little bit smarter and prepare better.”

A former chairman of the European Tour Caddies Association and part of the team behind the @thetourcaddies social media channels, Gosforth-based Sean has caddied in the Solheim Cup for Diana Luna and on the European Tour for players including Ken Ferrie and Chris Paisley. Newcastle United-based Chris is currently working for Matthew Jordan on the European Tour having caddied for Brandon Stone in two European Tour wins and The Olympics in Brazil. Michael, also from Newcastle, is currently caddying for world top 100 player Thomas Detry. He has caddied in multiple major championships for players including Haotong Li.