When a simple handshake isn’t good enough
hat began in soccer decades ago now happens in other sports.After the game, you peel off your jersey and hand it to an opposing player, perhaps the dude most responsible for all the blood and mud stains, as a gesture of your deepest respect, win or lose.
When it comes to sportsmanship, golf will not be one-upped. So anticipating the adoption of this ritual into our game – golf is undergoing a period of great social liberation – we thought we would offer
Wsome early guidelines. Sure, it might sound crazy, but so did GPS. First, sweaters are best. If not an option, limit swapping to days when the temperature is moderate and the humidity low.Also, golf shirts can get pretty tangy after 18 holes on a hot day.
Second, the gesture is meant to be reciprocal. So unless you’re unafraid of strutting into the clubhouse topless, be judicious with your pursuits. Just as Kiradech Aphibarnrat probably hasn’t earned the right to ask Rory McIlroy for a swap, or would not come close to fitting into Rory’s trim tops, don’t poach the club champion just because you happened to get paired together in the Wednesday afternoon betterball comp. By all means, embrace spontaneity and allow yourself to be moved by the events of the day. But a text before the round to confirm a swap will prevent an awkward moment.
Third, swapping is an ideal way to commemorate team events where the spirit of competition reaches a special magnitude, as in the Ryder Cup, or the many similar versions which are played all over the world at a more social level. Those with the uglier outfits, like the Americans historically at the Ryder Cup, could perhaps toss in a hat, too.And, on a club level, consider parity of logos. Does the guy from a smart club really want your less distinguished club windbreaker?
Fourth, never swap if there’s any chance whatsoever you might be in a playoff. It will confuse your friends.
While we’re not entirely sure swapping will make its way into golf, we’re certain our game needs something new. When we doff our caps on the 18th green and shake hands with everybody, even the caddies, the meaning of the act is diminished in the rush.Taking the time to give a guy the polo off your back? Well, that says you really enjoyed playing with him. Like seriously, let’s do this again. – MAX ADLER