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Shorts On the PGA Tour (Updated 2013, 2016)

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  1. 1. Should the PGA Tour allow its players to wear shorts during tournament rounds?

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On 1/22/2016 at 4:40 AM, jsgolfer said:

Jordan Spieth wants to be able to wear shorts on PGA Tour

http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/other-sports/golf/2016/01/20/jordan-spieth-wants-able-wear-shorts-pga-tour

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Golfers on the European Tour have a new item of clothing to pack in their suitcases.

The tour said Wednesday it will allow players to wear shorts during practice rounds and pro-ams after the policy was passed unanimously by a tournament committee in Abu Dhabi.

Ian Poulter backed the move, tweeting on Wednesday: "Its 2016 not 1990. Get rid of the stuffy old rules that hold golf back. Make it more fun (for) everyone."

Players must still wear long pants in tournament play, although Rory McIlroy is open for that to change, too.

"Maybe. Why not?" McIlroy said. "It really depends if guys are comfortable or not. I don't think it takes anything away from the tradition of the game or etiquette or how guys look on the course.

I'm all for it, I think it's time to come into the twentieth century and allow players to be comfortable when they are playing if they want. 

It's about time that some top pros start pushing for this.  That's the only way the Tour will change that archaic policy.

On 1/22/2016 at 2:58 PM, Golfingdad said:

I wouldn't say "horrible" but I tend to agree that I think they should stick with pants.  And as @iacas said, the fabrics these days make it such that they are not uncomfortable to play in - even in the sun.  I'm wearing a new pair of Under Armour golf pants right now, as a matter of fact, and they are super comfortable.

Keep the men's legs covered, I say!

I disagree.  I have tried most everything, and nothing is as cool and comfortable as shorts on a summer day.... Nothing.  I need that breeze on my legs and arms to evaporate perspiration.  Covering up is stifling.  Maybe if you only sweat lightly it works, but when I wear slacks on a hot day, it looks like I peed my pants.  No thank you.

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The best thing if it happened is clothing manufacturers would likely make some very cool shorts to enhance the players looks. My only reason for pants is I like the pros to look like pros, like golfing rock stars, and pants make it look like a tour uniform.

Rickie is already breaking the mold and honestly he looks weird because he's the only one doing something different. That said I am a shorts all year guy. If it's sunny and 20 I have shorts on. The only days I wear pants is if it's snowing.

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I don't know, it's easy for me to stick with the norm of wearing pants because I never wear shorts. There's also the idea that professionals should dress accordingly, and shorts just don't look professional in association with golf. As far as informal rounds, sure, why not allow shorts. But for competition, keep the pants.

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I think most country clubs (even the high end ones) are okay with golfers wearing neat Bermuda style shorts.  It seems fair to have a rule that if the temperature is expected to be over 90*F they could have the option to wear shorts, the course and PGA Tour could make the call like they do for local tournament rules.

I saw Poulter interviewed on Golf Channel and he makes some good points about golf needing to appeal more to the youth, and letting the pros wear shorts is a step in that direction.  I realize there are many differences between the PGA and LPGA but the LPGA seems much more progressive in terms of apparel and a more casual approach to the game which I think is healthy for the image.

Admittedly I like the look of long pants better but I'm 50 years old and I still prefer to wear shorts when it's really hot out.

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At certain temps, shorts should be allowed as an option.   A pro that feels that his legs look like toothpicks probably won't wear them anyways.  I'm trying to picture a major sponsor like Chase saying we don't want to renew b/c your golfers wear shorts....

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I also am for it If it is regulated based on temperature as that makes sense to me and is fair for the players as it freaking hot in the middle of summer for them out there.

The only thing I would say is how it would look visually if some guys are wearing shorts and others aren't.  There is visual consistency when everyone wearing pants and aesthetically makes sense on TV.  But if some players are wearing shorts and others aren't, then that consistency from a visual aspect could be affected.

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On 1/25/2016 at 10:41 AM, The Recreational Golfer said:

Please, don't make me think about this. Too many scary images come to mind. Phil, for instance. John Daly?

Yeah...real scary ;-)

 

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If they go as far as letting them wear shorts on really hot days I think they should also allow untucked shirts, few outfits look dorkier on men than a tucked in polo with shorts.

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Do you think PGA men's golfers will ever be allowed to wear shorts in major tournaments?

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8 minutes ago, Abu3baid said:

I'm still trying to figure out why not..  Women can wear short shorts.. Why can't the men?  

"Here is language from a typical entry form for a PGA Tour event:

Appearance

Players: While on the host facility property, players shall present a neat appearance in both clothing and personal grooming. Blue jeans, shorts, cutoffs, T-shirts or shirts with no collar shall not be worn.

"Players grumble about the shorts ban from time to time, but there has been no serious effort to challenge the restriction. In a 2012 article on golfchannel.com, PGA Tour executive vice president Ty Votaw, who was once commissioner of the LPGA, was quoted as saying, 'We have no plans to change our policy on player attire.'

"The United States Golf Association, the governing body for golf in America, does allows shorts in its competitions, such as the U.S. Amateur, but it makes an exception for the U.S. Open and goes along with the PGA Tour's ban. Starting in 1999, the PGA Tour started to allow caddies to wear shorts when the heat index (a combination of temperature and humidity) rises above 100. This was in response to an incident at the Western Open outside Chicago when a caddy suffered a heart attack during the summertime tournament."

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On 1/28/2016 at 9:27 AM, newtogolf said:

  It seems fair to have a rule that if the temperature is expected to be over 90*F they could have the option to wear shorts

 

Hell, if it's above 60 then I'm in shorts. If it's 90 or above then this Northern born and bred boy can be found in the club house. 

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On 1/25/2016 at 11:41 AM, The Recreational Golfer said:

Please, don't make me think about this. Too many scary images come to mind. Phil, for instance. John Daly?

 

Your insecurities should prevent a man from wearing shorts in 90 degree heat?

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