LPGA under fire for 'body-shaming' female golfers

The Ladies Professional Golf Association has been slammed after introducing a number of new dress regulations for players.

LPGA President Vicki Goetze-Ackerman sent around the new guidelines in an email, which are set to be enforced from Monday.

Players will no longer be able to wear shirts with plunging necklines, leggings or short skirts.

Paige Spiranac has been critcised before for her attire. Image: Getty

However the new guidelines have come under fire, most notably from Teen Vogue Magazine.

Journalist Suzannah Weiss has compared the LPGA's stance to 'slut-shaming'.

"As more and more pointless dress codes interfere with our daily lives, women are standing up for their right to wear what they want and not be slut-shamed," Weiss wrote.

"Apparently, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) missed the memo about that. It just announced a dress code that sets its athletes — and women as a whole — way back.

"[W]e don’t see why someone can't look professional in leggings.

Sung Hyun Park won the LPGA's US Open on Monday. Image: Getty

"If anything, policing these women's bodies and clothes takes away from their professional accomplishments. And if the sport wants a positive image, body-shaming is not the way to get it."

Paige Spiranac, who has been criticised in the past for taking her image more seriously than her golf game, weighed in on the matter.

The new guidelines are as follows:

  • Racerback with a mock or regular collar are allowed (no collar = no racerback)
  • Plunging necklines are NOT allowed.
  • Leggings, unless under a skort or shorts, are NOT allowed
  • Length of skirt, skort, and shorts MUST be long enough to not see your bottom area (even if covered by under shorts) at any time, standing or bent over.
  • Appropriate attire should be worn to pro-am parties. You should be dressing yourself to present a professional image. Unless otherwise told “no,” golf clothes are acceptable. Dressy jeans are allowed, but cut-offs or jeans with holes are NOT allowed.
  • Workout gear and jeans (all colors) NOT allowed inside the ropes
  • Joggers are NOT allowed