We've been locked down for weeks and you still won't let your silly rules go. The world has changed and, whether it's golf dress codes or fourballs, you're going to have to change along with it
Even in the throes of a world-altering pandemic we can rely on some golfers to recognise what’s really important.
28 Days Later has basically come true and the wider public still looks at our sport and thinks it’s coronavirus that might be the one that’s misunderstood.
A terribly optimistic friend of mine ventured that the horrible reality of our own mortality playing out on TV sets every single day might help us re-evaluate what matters.
That those ‘rules’ we’ve all slavishly lived by would be revealed for the meaningless tenets they really are.
We’d come out of this nightmare somehow spirituality cleansed and more tolerant of people and their individuality.
He envisaged a post-virus golfing world where no one would care if you took a call in the clubhouse, or meandered onto the course in a t-shirt.
I wasn’t sure whether lockdown had got to him. I’ve been around golfers for too long to know that not even the sight of motorised morgues will distract members placed next to the real tragedy of someone turning up at the golf club in coloured socks.
Who knew all it would take was for Paul Lawrie to venture that children might be allowed to wear sweatpants for social media to collectively lose its mind?
Well, me actually.
Hands up if you’ve heard about the ‘new normal’? It’s a concept that appears to have passed golf by.
We’ll accept social distancing to get back on the course but not veering from a ‘uniform’ that makes us look like we’ve got lost in a polyester factory.
As if that’s the thing you would cling on to after all this.
The epidemic continues to kill hundreds a day and you’re moaning you might encounter someone in a hoodie while traversing the one-way system that’s going to be the route to the 1st tee.
All the while venting fury about being unable to play in your regular fourball.
There’s this thing called perspective. Ever heard of it? We desperately need to get some before we’re allowed back out into the wild.
Because whether we accept it or not, sat at home in our carefully ironed trousers itching to retrieve our putters, the world has changed while we’ve been in lockdown.
Society already has enough contempt for us – they’re campaigning to open up our courses for exercise, for God’s sake. How about we don’t give them more ammunition when we can finally leave our front doors?
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