Maybe I’m missing the humour.
Is Alex Myers of Golf Digest writing this story tongue in cheek or does he really believe that Tommy Fleetwood’s headbands and sneaker-like shoes are “disturbing” or a “fashion emergency?”
Myers writes that Ben Hogan would be turning over in his grave, which is such a distasteful cliche to describe disapproval, but he’s probably correct that Hogan wouldn’t give the thumbs-up. He likely wouldn’t approve of many aspects of golf these days.
Here’s a news flash. There are plenty of things we won’t approve of in golf, or society for that matter, years from now. Perhaps, we should concern ourselves with Fleetwood’s game instead of his attire.
Myers calls Fleetwood a “Roger Federer wannabe,” adding that bandanas and headbands are for tennis. OK, and Trix are for kids.
Why would golf ever want to associate itself with a popular sport such as tennis, with all of its flamboyant stars? I suspect Fleetwood’s flowing locks and sneaker-like golf shoes, which many golf manufacturers sell these days, are simply his own thing.
There have been a few other snide comments made in the media besides this story that basically convey a message that individuality on golf will not be tolerated to those even who play recreational golf, but keep an eye on the tours.
It will in some places. At the Links at Brunello just outside of Halifax, four-person carts are often used, music is played (at controlled levels so as not to bother others) and dress code is describe as “casual.”
In other words, Mr. Hogan wouldn’t have approved either.
For more on the Links at Brunello, listen to this interview I did last year with general manager Miles Mortensen. What’s allowable there would hardly be considered traditional either, but it’s working.
Anyone who has seen my scalp knows there’s an extreme lack of flowing hair, so a headband is something I would never wear. I’m more likely to put a cap on to prevent a red dome, but cheers to somebody who wears it well.
Mr. Myers’ thoughts on disturbing fashion emergencies can be interpreted as asking if golf really does want to appeal to the young demographic it says it’s focusing on through flamboyant stars.
Or maybe, he’s poking a bit of fun at dress codes. If he is, he should use a little winky-face like you see on social media.
At least that that, we’d know he exists in the 21st century.
This week’s GNN Poll asks if PGA tournament outsourcing, similar to what’s happening in Ontario, will become common practice.
At last check, 66 per cent of respondents say yes, with 34 per cent saying no.
You can read more here and cast your vote on that blog or on the GNN home page.