Bosses of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) in
the U.S. are cracking down on the attire which players can wear
in competition — and even at events off the course.
This is an unusual development, as dress standards in both the
men’s and women’s game have loosened over the years, and it
means outfits — like the one at the top of this story worn by
U.S. golfer Paige Spiranac, and the one worn below by Michelle
Wie — would no longer be allowed.
NurPhoto via Getty Images If
she walked down the street in this, no one would blink.
In an email sent a few days ago, LPGA player president Vicki
Goetze-Ackerman informed players there would be some new rules.
She capped the word NOT several times for emphasis. The email
reads as follows:
- Racerback with a mock or regular collar are allowed (no
collar = no racerback)
- Plunging necklines are NOT allowed.
- Leggings, unless under a skort or shorts, are NOT allowed
- Length of skirt, skort, and shorts MUST be long enough to
not see your bottom area (even if covered by under shorts) at
any time, standing or bent over.
- Appropriate attire should be worn to pro-am parties. You
should be dressing yourself to present a professional image.
Unless otherwise told “no,” golf clothes are acceptable.
Dressy jeans are allowed, but cut-offs or jeans with holes
are NOT allowed.
- Workout gear and jeans (all colors) NOT allowed inside
- Joggers are NOT allowed
As you might expect, not every golfer is a fan. Paige Spiranac,
who is well known for her fabulous outfits, had a dry response
when asked for her thoughts.
Untucked shirts, and clothes that don’t fit (too tight or
loose) should be added. Because I think that looks
unprofessional as well too
— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) 16
de julho de 2017
Translation: why is looking like a slob OK but looking
fantastic isn’t? Some have even suggested the crackdown is
tantamount to “body shaming”.
Heather Daly-Donofrio, a former pro golfer who is now the LPGA
tour’s communications and tour operations officer, told Golf Digest that the new dress code
“requires players to present themselves in a professional
manner to reflect a positive image for the game”.
“While we typically evaluate our policies at the end of the
year, based on input from our players, we recently made some
minor adjustments to the policy to address some changing
fashion trends. The specifics of the policy have been shared
directly with the members,” she said.
Elsa via Getty Images This
skirt will be a big no for Lydia Ko, the Kiwi world number
Golf is of course one of the oldest, most conservative sports
on earth. It’s possible the sport is moving to protect its
traditional values and give it a real point of difference in
the modern, crowded sporting marketplace. There’s also an
argument that women have the right to wear whatever the heck
they choose within the limits of decency.
It appears most golfers are adopting the latter view.
The new rules came into effect this week. Players will be fined
$1,000 for each breach, and double that thereafter.
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