For some style-conscious players, picking the right outfit is as important as choosing the right club on the links plus their golf fashion do’s and don’ts.
Winning tournaments is what matters most for golfers, but making a fashion statement on the golf-course is also as important for not only the young brigade of women golfers but the elderly as well. HT City spoke to a few such women during the 21st edition of the Punjab Open Ladies Amateur Golf Championship 2015 at Golf Club, Chandigarh about the same.
Bright colours all the way
For defending champion Tavleen Batra, 18, from Chandigarh, bright colours are a favourite. Wearing an orange cap and a matching orange t-shirt with a black sweater and chocolate brown pants, it’s all about the positive vibes that she gets from bright fuchsia colours. “Shades of pink and orange can never go wrong for me. I think wearing happy colours are, in a way, my lucky charm while playing the game,” she says.
Supporting a long pony-tail, Kapurthala’s Gurjot Badwal, 16, gives preference to whatever if comfortable while playing the game. “Prints are a big no-no for me as they draw back from a player’s personality on the course according to me.
I’d rather go with simple bold colours,” she says. Referring to the likes of Australian golfer and model Anna Rawson, she emphasises on how fashion is an intrinsic part of the sport.
Fashion on the green
While a bunch of youngsters were seen supporting coloured pants and sweaters in shades of greys, blues and blacks, others took brighter shades of sweatshirts like pink, green, orange, yellow with a neutral shade of trousers. But, what remained the highlight were the grannies who were seen supporting printed as well as floral pants and fancy head-gears during the tournament.
58-year-old Raja Dhillon from New Delhi feels fashion in golf brings out the sporty side of a woman. “It gives you the license to dirty your shoes without anyone screaming at you!,” she adds. A resident of Chandigarh, Pali Sukarcharkha, 79, agrees and shares how wearing bright colours during winters do the trick for her while she prefers to keep it subtle while playing golf during the summer months.
The clean and subtle use of colours, Malini Joshi, 50, also from New Delhi, supported golf apparel in shades of blue. However, she maintained that golf skorts was what she enjoyed wearing the most while playing the game. “When my son (who works in the US) calls me up to ask what he should buy for me, golf skorts always top the list. Besides, I love wearing stylish head-gears as well!,” she adds.
The north zone representative of the Indian Golf Union and former Golf Club lady golf course captain, Pauline JM Singh, justified how golf was an increasingly fashionable sport when she shared how all players from Chandigarh were following a colour theme for the tournament. “For day 1, it’s yellow while for day-2 , we decided on purple for the ladies and the final day, golfers from the city will dress in red,” she said adding that my friends were excited to shop so as to make sure everyone dressed according to the theme.
Add that li’l bling
Some women golfers also enjoy a little bling with their well-coordinated ensemble. “Big stud earrings are important accessories when you’re hair is pulled back or up during competition. Pearls or silver braided knots are two of her go-to earrings,” said one of the players at the amateur golf championship.