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Golf Australia Express : Issue 38
THEREARE SOME who talk of etiquette with such reverence that you could be forgiven for thinking the game would fall to ruin should the ‘old way’ not be upheld. And to an extent, they are right. But there is a difference between rules, manners and blind obsequience to archaic ideals. Such sop-brained blindness is clearly seen through rules regarding clothing. Most clubs still have strict rules regarding attire on the course. They will insist players do not wear denim, that their shirt has a collar (no T-shirts) and, in extreme cases, that long socks be worn with shorts. The Sock Scenario is a recent example of the Establishment giving ground to more lenient times—at many courses, short socks are now allowed. (So long as they’re white). I know. It’s shocking. These rules are generally for private clubs, but they are only the tip of the iceberg. Etiquette—the unwritten rules—would demand players avoid wearing garish colours. I have even heard people suggest distracting patterns should be avoided, and that one should try to avoid standing out. To me, that sounds like incitement to riot. And, GOLF’S OLD WORLD MUST EMBRACE THE NEW, WRITES WILL HONE. OUT WITH THE OLD... with Will Hone IN HONING looking at the gear the pros get around in when they are on the job, you’d have to say they feel the same way. In the modern era, the pro-circuit has come to represent the pinnacle of golf, and it is a pinnacle that pays scant regard to old school etiquette. From absurdly bright dacks to skirts so short their picture sticks to workshop walls the world over, there is a new wave of golf sweeping the globe. It’s not just a wave that’s breaking on the Tour. This game is our inheritance, passed down in its present state from those who played before us and it is ours to change to the tastes of our time. So it should be—nothing stagnant thrives. Golf is thriving. The world of golf has expanded in the past 50 years to encompass more of society than ever before, and in doing so has encountered many modern interpretations. Everyone has a right to play as they wish. People who find comfort behind walls of tradition have every right to insist that visitors to their course wear clothes they deem appropriate. That is the beauty of a private club. And people who walk out in mismatched plaid hatch are welcome to their strange comforts, too. After all, the broad roof of golf can house many different styles. OTG This game is our inheritance, passed down in its present state from those who played before usanditisoursto change to the tastes of our time. TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS