Idea of pros in shorts cuts decorum at the knees
I agree on the look (or not) of professionalism (“PGA of America’s relaxed attire seems shortsighted,” March 6, bit.ly/2lBVtr6).
The pros at the course where I play never wear shorts on either the lesson tees or when giving an on-course/playing lesson. And, this is a public/municipal course, so if those pros, who are pretty much occupied with their duties for the full day (more than eight hours, in every kind of weather) can make the effort to retain the decorum, I feel a touring pro should be held to a similar standard.
Putnam Valley, N.Y.
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This trend toward uber-casual in the pro ranks flies in the face of the word professional. We're also seeing male and female pros in pants so snug they look like running tights, and tops that fit like compression wear.
Add guys with hairy legs in skintight shorts or maybe excessively baggy
ones that are too short . . . eeeeuuuuu!
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Quite a prescient analysis.
The PGA Tour is now allowing shirts without collars. They are not T-shirts but still have no collar.
At the rate they are going, the Tour professionals will be playing in cut-off denims and T-shirts in a few years.
Blame not the Tour but the players who are forgetting what an earlier group of men went through to establish themselves as golf professionals and to get themselves accepted by the golfing community.
Of course, it’s no different from other walks of life. If you look at photographs of sporting activities before 1967 or so, you see the spectators and the athletes dressed up. It is part of a general coarsening of society and will continue.
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