Has LPGA sexiness gone too far?
Thursday, June 30, 2011
At some point, there is going to have to be a limit to all this sexiness in women's golf.
LPGA fashion through the years
A look at the evolution of LPGA fashion on the golf course.
Sure, the ladies on tour are fitter than ever and some seem to more resemble runway models rather than golfers. However, these days the tradition and talent is slipping away one inch and color palette at a time.
What brought me to this conclusion was not only Thursday's first round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., but the LPGA season thus far. The girls are amping up the sex factor to unusual heights.
It wasn't one player in particular that caught my eye but most of the players that have me thinking this way. It covers everything from accessories to belly-button-peeking polos to bikini-bottom skorts.
Sure, sex sells and it's fun to feel sexy. But the sexy elegance of the Jan Stephenson and Laura Baugh era is only a sweet memory.
Where did it all go wrong?
Natalie Gulbis spiced things up with her 2001 LPGA debut and brought a whole new meaning to short skorts and endorsement contracts. This helped the tour but opened a door for a bunch of fairway faux pas. The Gulbis era branched out on vibrant colors and the overzealous earrings, makeup, nails and fashion-framed sunglasses.
This leaves us all wondering if the ladies are more worried about their appearance than their golf games – not that there's anything wrong with that. Because if the saying, "look good, feel good, play good" proves true, then why the heck not?
Believe me when I say that I am someone who condones sexiness in sport and femininity to the extreme – I live by it. I just don't want sexy and wild to take away from the soaring talent of these young ladies and the elegance and tradition that we once had in the sport.
I am not saying bring back the Bermuda pleated shorts and Daddy's polos look, just something sexy yet tasteful. Think of Anna Rawson and Paula Creamer when choosing your next fairway outfit.
Is that so much to ask?