Conservative, elitist squares Dave Berner and T.R. Massey launch vicious attack against the common golfer on TravelGolf.com podcast
The TravelGolf.com This Week podcast is one of the web’s most professionally produced.
But sometimes even the good shows phone it in for a segment or two.
Such was the case on this week’s This Week. Host Dave Berner and guest TravelGolf.com blogger T.R. Massey attack the true villains of the golf course. Yes, these two grown men make radio magic as they crusade against (drumrollllll): jean shorts on golf courses.
Earth-shattering, I know. I’ve seen O’Reilly Factors with better arguments.
I hope these classy gentlemen feel better about themselves now that they’ve belittled the segment of the sport who weren’t born into families where image and status wasn’t a daily priority.
I’m not faulting Berner much on this - it sounds like he’s kind of half going along with the argument just to fill time on his show. You can’t hit it out of the park every week.
This topic sounds like it was was brought up by Massey, who from the looks of his blog comes from the ultra-civilized, progressive state of Ohio. I suppose dissing the blue collar golfer can be expected from him. Earlier this year, he blogged about the wonderful rankings Ohio received from Golf Digest. Only problem is all those courses are private and of little service to the Travel Golfer. How many Ohio courses in the mag’s public list? A meaty THREE.
I applaud those who show up to the course - whichever state/country that may be - wearing whatever they please. That’s how golf should be. Golf was born as a game for the commoners. So Scotland didn’t have jean shorts when golf was invented. But if they did, you can bet there would be photos of Old Tom swinging around St. Andrews in some “jorts.”
America has turned golf it into a game of status and it makes me barf at least twice a week. The U.S.-Soviet arms race was nothing compared to the droves of grown men scooping up the hottest new gear in hopes of making up for what their sad game can’t bring. They’re no better than the rich, poorly-endowed guy who never leaves home without his Porsche.
A deeper glance into the works of Massey reveals he’s one of “those guys” who wears golf shoes as a spectator at tournaments. There is nothing a $40 pair of Asics sneakers can’t handle walking around a golf course for a few hours. The only thing a spectator and competitor should have similar in their attire on game day is sunblock.
Berner and Massey also condemn wearing hats inside. Look, if I see a sign that tells me to, I take it off. Otherwise, it’s my call - which mostly depends on where I’m at in my haircut cycle. If it’s early on, my hair is short enough I can take my cap off no sweat. If I’m due for a trim soon, removing my hat and revealing the mangled mop underneath … let’s just say it’s far less offensive to everyone if kept that covered. I know the follically-challenged Berner wouldn’t understand this…
I judge a golfer by his score - not his pants. I judge a man at dinner by how he treats the waitress - not his head wear.
Ever wonder why some people feel intimidated about taking up golf? Look no further than Exhibit A: Conservative, elitist squares Berner and Massey on TravelGolf.com This Week.
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Although...you would NEVER catch me at a PGA event in golf shoes! I think it's more than a bit tacky for specatators.
Your research is in vain!
I think you are dead wrong here.
It's not a 'dis of the "blue collar" golfer. Notice the word "collar"? How hard is it to scrape up a collared shirt with a pair of shorts made of something other than denim? It's not hard to do, and it lends just a touch of civility to the game. What is wrong with preserving a little dignity and tradition to the game?
Compare that to the cut-off jeans and t-shirt wearing, beer-swilling, ball-searching, cart-crashing, obnoxious and loud, non-ball repairing hack. Growth in the sport is great, but not at the cost of the integrity of the game.
I wear sneakers on the course b/c combat boots shredded my feet for so long, I now sacrifice function for comfort, and refuse to wear the "golf sneaker-shoe". I usually walk and carry a pencil-bag. Now, I am not the picture of a golf-snob, but I do believe it necessary to comport oneself appropriately on the course, and cutoff jeans and a t-shirt don't cut it.
One point I must agree on, wearing golf shoes at a golf tournament are stupid.
You really need to grow up. This isn't the first time you've tried to play the cool one, behaving as if tradition is some kind of stifling, oppressive set of social norms that must be cast to the winds. As the great G.K. Chesterton said, "Tradition is democracy extended through time." It isn't an unjust imposition of values, but how a civilization can govern itself without recourse to laws. Speaking of which, you leftists don't mind enforcing standards at the end of a gun (through laws) but take offense at tradition, which merely applies social pressure to achieve that end. You should ponder this contradiction.
Anyway, when will you stop behaving like a rebellious 16-year-old who is mad at his father? As others have pointed out, what you complain about has nothing to do with elitism or money; it's no different than the people who insist on going to church dressed like bums. It's driven by nothing but ego and a spirit of defiance.
Smails, methinks that Tucks wedged tongue firmly in mouth cheek before writing this blog entry. When we faux-golf bloggers get bored, we take pot shots at each other.
I feel badly that Tucks barfs twice weekly over golf alone. He should have that looked at.
Mr. Business Golf: memo to you...they will not leave over some denim, just as the Sabres will not collapse without Drury and Briere. It would take a wholesale collapse of decorum (naked and tattooed bodies, etc.) for the business types to leave golf. Where else they gonna spend their jing, the tennis court? the velodrome? the natatorium?
Judge Smails...Tucks as a rebellious 16-year old does not jibe. His vocabulary is more expansive than the average, angst-ridden bratz. If he truly sought golf anarchy, his effort would have been better lit.
To answer your question, golf is a hybrid between a sport and a game.
As for dress codes, all sports/games have them. You can't play in a tennis tournament or a baseball game in a bathing suit.
Your point has caused me to reconsider the dress code for the game of golf. At least for the ladies.
Hmmmm...bikini for Ms. Gulbis? Very interesting...
I seem to remember a relative of yours, one Ms. Lacy Underall, chose not to wear a brassiere during her tenure at Bushwood.
It's MISS Lacy Underall. And never fear, she is now in a convent, where her sense of modesty has improved markedly.
my den making me a martini.
I do have to say though, putting Ms Gulbis in a bikini for a LPGA tourney definitely has potential for drawing viewers!! ;)