The LPGA has been widely criticised over it’s new dress code regulations for female golfers.
LPGA dress code crackdown
LPGA player president Vicki Goetze-Ackerman reportedly sent an email to players stating that there will be a crackdown on specific items of clothing.
A report in Golf Digest said the items listed in Goetze-Ackerman’s email were:
– Racerback with a mock or regular collar are allowed (no collar = no racerback)
– Plunging necklines are NOT allowed.
– Leggings, unless under a skort or shorts, are NOT allowed
– Length of skirt, skort, and shorts MUST be long enough to not see your bottom area (even if covered by under shorts) at any time, standing or bent over.
– Joggers are NOT allowed
Players will face fines if they do not abide by the new regulations.
Opposition to new LPGA dress code
Teen Vogue has likened the governing body’s new policy of “slut shaming” female players.
It appears that the LPGA regulations could be an attempt to crack down on golf’s Instagram generation.
Paige Spiranac is one golfer who has ruffled some feathers amongst the LPGA community in the past.
There was some angst after Spiranac was featured on the cover page of Golf Digest despite her relatively low ranking.
I'm so honored to say that I've landed on the May cover of @GolfDigest! The issue has an awesome article about “Futurists” and how people today are changing golf. I know you'll love it! Follow @GolfDigest and click on the link in their bio for your chance to win a signed copy! I also know I wouldn't be in this position today without my social media family. Thank you to all the other accounts who have featured me before and those who follow. I honestly can't believe how this has all come about but I appreciate the support and love more than you will ever know so thank you so much for everything❤️
The golf bombshell also gets plenty of attention on her Instagram account which features plenty of fitness and golf tips. She was also part of one of our most read articles ever Sexy is the new golf.
Paige Spiranac Reacts
Spiranac clearly isn’t thrilled with the new guidelines posting the following remark on Twitter:
Untucked shirts, and clothes that don’t fit (too tight or loose) should be added. Because I think that looks unprofessional as well too
— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) July 16, 2017
The LPGA however are standing by their new policy.
Heather Daly-Donofrio, the LPGA tour’s communications and tour operations officer, told Golf Digest:
“The dress code requires players to present themselves in a professional manner to reflect a positive image for the game.”
by Michael T. Lynch – contributor