‘Too Stuffy’ – Tyrrell Hatton Voices Displeasure Against Golf’s Dress Code

Published 09/09/2021, 4:30 PM EDT


Tyrrell Hatton is one of the most prominent golfers on the PGA Tour and European Tour. Tyrrell played some magnificent golf on the way to a four-shot victory at the 2020 BMW PGA Championship. Moreover, this win took him into the top ten of the world golf rankings for the first time. 

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However, even after winning, he made headlines for the hoodie that he chose to wear throughout the week. And there were mixed reactions about his attire, as few people were against him, while others supported his choice of outfit. Moreover, this brought in a new debate in the world of golf, as most golf courses and clubs did not approve of the hoodie attire. 

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“That puts a lot of people off playing golf,” says Tyrrell Hatton

Ahead of the 2021 BMW PGA Championship, the Englishman had his say on golf dress codes and wearing hoodies on the course. “I was a little surprised by the reaction,” Hatton told Golf Monthly. 

“I wasn’t the first person to wear a hoodie. But it was great how much attention it got, although it was definitely divided! I enjoyed wearing it. It was great.” 

Furthermore, when asked about people who criticize this attire, Hatton said, “I think they’d probably change their mind compared to the standard jumper that they might wear at the weekend. But everyone’s different, I guess. I think more relaxed dress codes can help grow the game.”

The primary reason why few people don’t support hoodies is that they think it might impede a golf swing. However, there have been enough instances that show specially customized hoodies don’t obstruct golf swing. 

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“I think golf is sometimes too stuffy. The perfect example of that is the emails that clubs sent out after I was wearing the hoodie at Wentworth” [telling members they weren’t acceptable]. “Some of them were embarrassing. I think that puts a lot of people off playing golf.”

Moreover, he said that golf is a socializing game, and if we become too rigid with attire, this will push people away from this wonderful game. 

“Part of golf is socializing and getting people up to the club and having a good time together, and you’re only going to push people away by being too strict about what you can and can’t wear.”

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So, Tyrrell Hatton feels that there are already plenty of barriers for people who want to play golf. Hence, outfits or clothing shouldn’t be one of them, and they should allow players to wear hoodies that don’t impede golf swing. 

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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