Golf influencer Paige Spiranac frequently faces criticism for her choice of attire – which is frequently skimpy, tight, half-missing, or otherwise “sexy” for lack of a better descriptor – and now she’s making it clear that her critics need to chill out and move on with their lives.
Responding to the critics, Spiranac called out the “hypocrisy” in negative online reactions she receives, specifically highlighting the contrasting feedback she receives from women, who typically display positive reactions to, for example, shirtless male baseball players. Honestly, I can’t say she’s wrong, just go on the internet for five minutes and you’ll see she’s right pretty fast.
Spiranac recently gained attention on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, for a “case study” she shared by pinning an old post from last May to the top of her account, stating she performed better in golf when wearing a tank top compared to a regular collared shirt. She delved deeper into her clothing preferences during an interview with Sports Illustrated.
“I was a gymnast before I switched into golf,” the former collegiate athlete turned social media sensation said.
“I was so comfortable wearing spandex and very little of it because that’s just what you wear when you’re wearing a leotard and you’re competing,” she continued. “When I switched into golf, we were struggling a little bit financially and so I didn’t have the luxury to go out and buy a whole new golf-appropriate wardrobe.”
“And so, I wore what was in my closet which was workout clothes. That’s just how I learned to play the game.”
During the interview she also posed the question, “Why don’t we dress like athletes?” Which, for crying out loud, is an outstanding question. Why on earth does it make sense to dress in pants in the heat when you’re going on the course for 18 holes? You might as well, like every other physical activity, be as comfortable as possible.
This isn’t the first time she’s brought this up either, and has defended men as well such as pro-golfer Lucas Glover, who was basically a snowman melting before our eyes during one PGA Tour game this summer.
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She caught flack because she challenged that the PGA should let up and let their guys wear shorts. After all, when Saudi controlled LIV golfers can but good ol’ American PGA pros can’t, what does that say?
“That was always my mindset when I got into golf, and it really rubs people the wrong way which is shocking,” Spiranac added.
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“They’ll have really intense discussions over if they should wear shorts or pants or a blade collar or a real collar and I’m just out here just in tank tops or spandex and people are like ‘What are you doing?’ But I love it.
“But we’re starting to see that change and fashion is a big part of growing the game and it’s moving in the right direction.”
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