There is arguably no sport that prides itself so much on tradition, etiquette, respect and protocol as much as golf. It is completely unique and standards are expected to be followed.
Usually, you would have to wear smart shoes in the clubhouse. On the course, you should wear collared shirts and golf shoes and smart trousers and outerwear.
Dress code is a staunch feature of the sport. It has evolved through history but formal wear has maintained its existence. But will this change as time goes on?
Golf shoes are slowly changing into a modern, athletic and youthful form. Gone are the days of office-like black footwear with thin laces. On the PGA Tour, it is almost as if the players are wearing slippers and trainers.
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Shirts such as the ones worn previously by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy no longer have collars, which would've been treason 40 years ago in the professional game.
Players such as Erik van Rooyen have worn golf trousers with tight elasticated bottoms which expose the ankles. Golf clothing is evolving, whether you think it should be or not.
Golf hoodies are arguably the most controversial development. Tyrrell Hatton, Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa have all been spotted on the PGA Tour wearing hoodies.
It matches the trend of golf clothing adapting to general life. A lot of garments and shoes you wear on the golf course are now more than suitable for a social setting.
This is probably why golf hoodies sold out immediately when they were first worn. For me, they are stylish and golfers look sharp in them, but I'm not sure when I will give in and wear one.
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You could argue that as you would never actually put your hood up on your head to hit a golf shot, a golf hoodie is essentially pointless. It is simply about the aesthetics of it.
There is a snobby element of golf that completely dismisses the idea of hoodies on the golf course, but how long will this snobbishness last when golf clothing inevitably evolves even further?
They are most probably here to stay but the question is: will you wear a golf hoodie in 2022? In 12 months time, you may just surprise yourself.