Now, most people probably know that many golf clubs have a particular dress code —the usual tailored trousers or shorts with a collared polo shirt. And of course, proper golf shoes to protect the golf course while you are playing. There’s nothing wrong in my eyes with dressing in the right attire for a game. It looks smart. I love watching my boys playing, but I also love the fact that they look smart while they are playing.
Now the debate on the right dress code for golf has reared its head again thanks to Tyrrell Hatton’s Adidas hoodie that he wore while playing at Wentworth. I completely support it, and if given the option, I would wear a hoodie while playing golf as well.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve seen posts on social media by clubs and professionals who are challenging the traditional dress code of golf. They are allowing juniors to play and practice in almost anything that they want. Trackie bottoms and a hoodie? That’s fine. As long as the kids are enjoying the game, why does it matter what they wear?
I agree that golf needs to move with the times, but it also needs to be seen as fun and entertaining. By allowing hoodies on the course, and even in the clubhouse, golf would be a more attractive sport to more people.
My only concern is that while Tyrrell Hatton was wearing a hoodie, it was a hoodie designed for golfers by a major sporting brand. Except for the hood, it looked like any other golf top I’ve seen worn on the course. I suspect that if a traditional high street hoodie was worn, there would have been more of a hostile reception. And that’s where the line starts to get blurry. I suspect Tyrrell’s choice of hoodie would not have been cheap. Will clubs insist that younger players only be allowed to wear particular hoodies on the course? That’s a harsh rule to enforce.
I love to see players challenging the status quo in golf. It makes people think about why we’re playing the game one way when we could be playing the game another way. Tyrrell’s choice of wearing a hoodie while playing golf challenges the dress code of the game. A dress code which has mostly remained unchanged for decades.
More importantly, though, it also opens the door to attracting younger people to the game. And that’s definitely something that the sport needs to do.