The Ladies Professional Golf Association recently made some changes to its dress code, and not everyone is happy about it. Some people have called out the LPGA for being too old fashioned by enacting a strict dress code for the women golfers. Others have spoken up saying that they don’t mind the changes.
Most of the golfers are unaffected by the new rules, as they are only minor changes, but some have spoken out against them, anyway. Charley Hull, a professional golfer, said that while she does not need to change anything about her attire because of the new rules, she doesn’t believe that adding them was a good idea. She thinks that the LPGA needs to be more modern and let go of restrictions rather than to add more rules to what the women can and cannot wear.
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The women of the LPGA are not allowed to wear shirts with plunging necklines. They also are not allowed to wear racerback shirts without collars. Those are a few of the rules for them, and when either of those rules or the others are disobeyed, the golfers may be given a $1,000 fine. They also may not wear joggers or leggings, unless the leggings are under a skort or shorts.
Not all of the rules are that specific, and some people have begun to question them because of how vague they are. Skirts and shorts do not need to be a certain length, but if they do not provide full coverage, they are not acceptable. The same goes for shirts and the plunging necklines, as there is not a specific type of shirt that is required but fines may be given on a case-by-case basis. Some are worried about how all of the new rules are going to be enforced because the golfers aren’t given specifics about what to wear.
Paige Spiranac, a former LPGA golfer, was known for wearing tighter-fitting clothing when she played. After hearing about the new rules, she has said that the LPGA also needs to add untucked shirts to the list of things not to wear since they look unprofessional. She is frustrated by the new rules and said that all ill-fitting clothing could be added to it.
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The LPGA does not think that the new rule changes should be causing such a stir, though, as it said only minor changes have been made. The organization is not phased by the backlash that it has received on social media but believes that people are making too much out of nothing. The LPGA has said that it made the changes to the rules based on player feedback and the new rules are all about looking professional. It wants people to respect golfers and believes that the clothing they are wearing matters.