Does Your Dad Bod Really Affect Your Golf Game?

Written by Richard Meyer, Contributing Writer

The Dad Bod – known as an out of shape, yet strangely appealing body type for men who have forgotten the concept of exercise – might be going through a weird, screwed up trend in our disjointed culture, but at what price is it hurting your golf game? 


Over the past month the dad bod has been a hot topic across the social stratosphere. Some have proclaimed it as a positive, setting fair body expectations especially for those that like to indulge in a beer or two. Or five. Others claim it promotes an unhealthy lifestyle of relatively skinny men with beer bellies. And finally there are those that have called the dad bod sexist because there is no mom bod.

On Tuesday night’s The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon tackled the issue by telling a joke on how dad bods look like “adult babies.” A dad bod, according to Fallon, was a sign that you love your body almost as much as a good ole’ Cinnabon.


When it comes to real golf bodies, there are a lot more John Daly’s and Phil Mickelson’s out there than there are Camilo Villegas’ and Rory McIlroys. While golf has become more athletic since Tiger Woods burst onto the scene in 1996, the game has yet to absolve its beer obsessed, hot dog fanatical and pretzel-hungry image that is seen in most 19th hole fares.

The PGA TOUR has dispelled the myth that Dad Bod’s negatively affect your golf game. In fact, the PGA TOUR has suggested that a Dad Bod can actually improve your scores – at least that’s what you should be telling yourself when you buy your next six pack.

If you’re feeling guilty, you shouldn’t. Think Phil Mickelson and those lovely rounded cups that have steered him to 4 major championships and $75,000,000 prize money. Or Graeme McDowell’s “shelf” that has made him one of the most feared players on TOUR. How about Patrick Reed, I mean, damn, he’s got a Dad Bod at the tender age of 24.

What do all these players have in common? They are proven winners.

Colin Montgomerie was proof that a Dad Bod has both positive and negative consequences. While become a Hall of Famer, Monty was often mocked by spectators for his voluptuous breasts and poor stamina which caused him to have heat stroke at the 1994 and 1997 US Opens.

Dad Bod’s will inevitably go out of fashion, just like Yo-Yo’s, Bookstores and Encyclopaedias did. So why not embrace those extra layers of skin and go play the best golf of your life?


JASON DUFNER (although it is quickly disappearing)