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Hot And Bothered: The case for shorts on the course

May 24, 2013

__By [Marty Hackel



Airing A Gripe: Tour player Johnson Wagner speaks up for shorts. Photo: Courtesy Ashworth

Shorts are the summertime go-to clothing for most golfers on most courses in the United States. Not to take anything away from long pants, but shorts are fun, comfortable and casual. The photo on this page is from the new Ashworth campaign with tour players urging people to sign their "pants petition."

The video is very funny but also makes a good point: Why do tour players have to wear long pants? Until recently, caddies had to wear long pants, too. I don't hear a huge outcry -- people saying, "Isn't this terrible? Don't caddies look silly in shorts?" -- so why would we say that about tour players?