That is the question that goes through our heads after knowing the restrictions that the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) has established. Its president, Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, sent these new rules via email to the players, some of whom were quick to demonstrate.
What the LPGA intends with these new rules is to stop the recent boom in the use of less traditional clothing that seems to have won entire golf courses. Therefore, not only is the use of leggings, joggers, pronounced necklines or tops of crossed straps to the back without neck, but also its use would entail a fine that could reach $ 1,000, an amount that would double with every infraction
In the email, Goetze-Ackerman warned that the players were "responsible for informing their sponsors of the new rules." This regularization does not take into account that both the design and the color of the clothing sets are agreed well in advance to maximize their possibilities in the market.
These are the restrictions established by the LPGA, effective from July 17, 2017:
Sleeveless tops are ONLY allowed if they have a collar
Leggings are NOT allowed, unless they go under the skort (mix of skirt and shorts) or shorts
Necklines are NOT allowed
Skirts, skorts or shorts MUST be long enough so as not to reveal the back, even if they wear short shorts underneath, under no circumstances
The clothing for the pro-am parties MUST be appropriate, in order to present a professional image. Stylish jeans are allowed, but NOT those with cuts
Training clothes or jeans are NOT allowed inside the field
The joggers are NOT allowed
The response of some of the professional players to this email from the PLGA was immediate. The media Paige Spiranac, who proclaimed herself "ambassador of golf and the progress of women's rights and equality in society" through a statement, was one of the first to react.
The debate is served, and there are opinions for all tastes. If something is clear and it is final, it is not just suggestions, but the ones mentioned above are the instructions that professional players have to follow before stepping on the green. At Depique we believe that while a touch of modernity, color and style is necessary to bring joy to the game, golf must retain its classic elegance.