Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches

PGA National (Champion Course)

The Loop

Today in questionable golf attire: Playing in flip-flops

November 20, 2015

The other day we discussed the merits of playing golf in spandex leggings, which, with the exception of maybe Mick Jagger or Richard Simmons, is really only a dilemma for half the population.

But almost everyone has a pair of flip-flops, and if you're like me, you count them among your favorite pieces of footwear in warm weather. As for whether flip-flops work for golf, it's really two questions: can you play in flip-flops, and should you.

Sadly, in both instances, the answer is no.

For starters, most clubs aren't going to permit flip-flops because they fall short of what they consider appropriate golf attire. A muny course might look the other way, but then there's the question of performance, or in this case, a lack thereof. (We should probably clarify, by the way, that we're not talking about golf sandals, which feature rubber spikes on the bottom for traction. We're talking flat-bottom flip-flops where anything more than a leisurely stroll is a sprained ankle waiting to happen.)

Look, flip-flops are fine for mini-golf, but good luck maintaining a level stance hitting a 3-iron from a sidehill lie. Plus, there's the message you're sending your fellow players when showing up in flip-flops, which is that you have about as much interest in competing seriously as a guy showing up for a bike race with a tricycle.

At least spandex leggings still give you a fighting chance.