Golf’s antiquated dress code is, almost, a thing of the past – The requirement for knee-high socks with shorts and an insistence on collared shirts is gone at all but the now old-fashioned of golfing venues.
In recent years the choices when it comes to golfing attire have expanded – Hoodies have become a normal sight on the Fairways, the cut and fit of golf apparel has become far sportier and is a trend, if that’s what you prefer. If you’re someone who still looks for a more classic style, that’s available too. There’s more chance for golfers to express their personality with their choice of clothing.
It’s great that the sport has moved with the times and with fashion, but I think golf still needs some sort of dress code. Not prescriptive and authoritarian like the dress codes of the last century, more a “dress guide” as to what’s appropriate and sensible to wear when golfing. Those new to the game will benefit from information that simply tells them – “what you should wear for golf…”
Golf Has an Identity
The key reason we should keep a dress guide of some sort is to Preserve golf’s identity. In almost all other sports, there’s Distinctive equipment that’s a demonstrative of the activity. Footballers wear strips, Shin pads and boots, tennis players wear “tennis gear,” Cricketers wear whites. If they’re walking back from a match, you know what they’ve been doing. Golfers should wear golf gear proudly – “We love golf and our choice of outfit shows it.” As mentioned, this doesn’t need to be some archaic image of the stereotypical golfer with voluminous pleated beige chinos and argyle sweater. There are all sorts of golfing styles to choose from – tight fit, loose fit, sporty, street-inspired, muted colors, garish colors – there’s a world of choice in golf clothing.
Inspiring the youth
Golf needs to appeal to the Younger audience. For the sport to continue to grow and thrive, it must inspire young boys and girls to pick up a club. The old, enforced, dress code was not conducive to that but neither would be simply – “wear whatever you want” – that’s not very inspiring… A modern approach to what to wear for golf is something to get kids interested. Don’t youngsters want to look like their Sporting Idols? They want to emulate their favorite footballer with their name on the back of a strip, they want to wear the Trainers and kit that their favorite tennis star sports on court. The same goes for golf – If the top players are wearing Distinctive, stylish golf gear, youngsters will be more inclined to think – they look cool, I want to play golf. If golfers are all dressed in generic street clothes, you could see why youngsters who enjoy sports might look elsewhere for inspiration.
It’s a boring but necessary reason why there should be some sort of guide, if not code, for golf wear. The sport is an outdoor one and it takes a long time – Over four hours on the links you’re appropriate to Encounter all sorts of weathers and you’ll enjoy your day much more if your clothing is fit for purpose.
If you want to wear jeans, that should be fine but they’re really not the best in terms of flexibility and, if it rains, they’ll be Hellish uncomfortable and weigh a ton… But, if that’s the style you want to go for – crack on.
The stretch-fabric top will give you the freedom of movement to swing effectively and often, performance technologies will help keep you cool or warm, depending on the conditions. A standard t-shirt or sweater probably won’t deliver the same versatility.
And when it comes to your feet, the code should very much be golf shoes – Over Rolling terrain, making aggressive swings at a ball, you need something with grip and support to prevent you from slipping and injuring yourself. In all but perfect conditions, a standard pair of street shoes or trainers just won’t cut it.
Golf’s old-school dress code should be confined to the dustbin of history, but we should Preserve golf’s identity and position as a serious outdoor activity by providing guidance on attire that helps participants, especially new starters, play to their full potential and make them feel like proper Golfers.