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  1. LPGA To Enforce more Strict Dress Code

    And therein lies my hypocrisy... I am all for sponsors having the power to use their invites as they see fit; but I feel uncomfortable with sponsors insisting on the terms of the dress code. It is an arbitrary lie that I have drawn, for sure, but I'm sticking with it I thought that the whole point of a skort was that it couldn't be too short (excuse the pun...) because it provided cover that a skirt does not! Surely it is only a matter of time until the poor skort will become superfluous
  2. LPGA To Enforce more Strict Dress Code

    I guess that's the power that sponsors have on golf - whatever they say goes! A bit like Stephen Curry's recent call up to the Web.com Tour, these new rules on dress seem to have less to do with objective reason or performance or even tradition... and more to do with following the requests of the guys paying the bills. I'm not saying that is wrong (as stated above, sponsorship can do wonderful things for players' games and the game of golf in general) but it is slightly sad, in my view.
  3. LPGA To Enforce more Strict Dress Code

    My point was that, even indirectly, those outfits that are chosen by sponsors and worn by players will improve those players' scores. It may seem tenuous, but if a player has sponsorship then that player will have less financial worries, more time to practice (especially if they are in the "private jet" bracket), better equipment etc. (including, for the likes of Rickie Fowler who has been raised by a number of posters, golf holes in their own gardens!) and that is one of the main reasons that I am against any dress code. Sorry, I think my point got lost in translation. One poster had suggested that tournament sponsors were so upset by the way that LPGA players dress that they were considering withdrawing their financial support, and my response was querying this. I just don't see it (I am no expert in marketing but am willing to be corrected) and your example of Rickie Fowler's orange outfits, flat caps etc. seem perfectly in point; these would not be considered traditional at all, and would likely have been banned if a dress code was brought into effect even 10-15 years ago, but right now they are making Puma loads of money, Fowler loads of money, and helping to grow the game. The big money national/international sponsors likewise would not want to lose customers or potential customers for appearing to condone LPGA dress codes that look like they were drafted in the 1950's by a man... As above, I would suggest that the extra attention, media time etc. will, in the long-term, help the players get sponsored etc. and, as I have outlined above, will help them improve. The best analogy I have would be from snowboarding, where Shaun White was so heavily sponsored that he had the best practice facilities in the snowboarding world; without sponsors he would have been in normal facilities, and would not have been able to develop half of the tricks that he has come up with. Golfers have that same potential, and I don't think that the LPGA should stand in their way. In my opinion, a course that would turn away a professional player, simply because they're showing their arms, wearing a short skirt, jeans etc. is crazy; and more of a problem than the LPGA dress code. But I admit that I am probably very biased. I am a member of some amazing ancient courses in Scotland, and they're more relaxed than some of the (pretty dreadful) modern courses that I play here in Dubai; having to wear a collar in extreme heat, having to wear a belt at all times etc. It annoys me so, so much...
  4. LPGA To Enforce more Strict Dress Code

    I know that it is an extreme example, but I really would not have an objection to an LPGA Tour (or PGA Tour, for that matter) player wearing a bikini if they wanted to. These are professional athletes, who are we to tell them what will or will not improve their scores? Sponsorship is an interesting angle; do you really think that sponsors of professional golf tournaments are concerned about what the players are wearing? I doubt it. I don't see anything offensive being worn, just players trying no ways to stay cool, swing easier, look good etc. Is it not also the case these days that the majority of players will have their outfits chosen by sponsors (this is my hunch but I may well be wrong - that definitely seems to be the case towards the top end of the men's tour) and not the other way around? As for the "short" shorts, I have no idea how they improve scores. But I would imagine that they would help, otherwise why would anyone wear them to a professional golf tournament where the objective is to score as low as possible (and the players' livelihood depends on that)? I am not cynical enough to believe that LPGA Tour professionals are choosing outfits in tournaments just to satisfy drooling spectators...
  5. LPGA To Enforce more Strict Dress Code

    I would imagine that a professional golfer wears an outfit that the professional deems will giver the best chance of victory in the tournament. Whether that is because of comfort (i.e. the shorts in my example), style (i.e. confidence derived from the way that he or she looks), or even financial (i.e. a sponsor pays the professional to wear something, and sponsorship helps the player with his or her career) does not really matter to me. I may be being overly naïve, but I think that a professional striving to improve their scores is more important than tradition. Doctors used to wear ties in surgery (until they realized how unhealthy that was) and lawyers used to wear hats even in the office (until, one assumes, they realized how weird that was) and other such examples are apparent in every profession, but these things change with the times. I hope that golf will do the same as, in my view, it will have a positive knock-on effect to those considering taking up the sport.
  6. LPGA To Enforce more Strict Dress Code

    I find it astonishing that professional athletes aren't left alone to choose their own outfit for optimal performance. If a player is going to score better in yoga pants, sleeveless tops or jeans (or anything else, for that matter) then I think they should be allowed to. And, for what it's worth, I think the same principle should apply on all of the tours - when I go to my local tournaments (the HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi and the Omega Ladies Masters/Desert Classic/DP World Championships in Dubai) a number of players look uncomfortable in the heat and seem far more relaxed in shorts during practice rounds. It may not be a position universally supported, but I tend to think that the dress-codes, rules etc. that have been a part of golf and golf clubs for centuries are archaic and holding the sport back.