Among those baffled by Gent's interpretation was Cathleen McGreal, mother of one of the team members, Shannon McGreal-Miller. In an e-mail message McGreal, an associate professor in MSU's Department of Psychology, wrote: "(The golfers) were under the impression that this was a golf phrase that referred to gripping the golf club and letting the ball sail. We don't want our daughters to be wearing anything that implies a meaning that we don't know about." In a telephone interview, Gent wasn't clear on that point, saying only that "Grip It and Rip It" can be "taken two ways" one of which carries a "sexual connotation."
Call me naive, but I have never heard this term used for anything other than golf. But who knows considering the booze and slut king of the PGA, John Daly, is using this motto on his website,. It's a good thing Gent didn't coach the women's golf team at my high school. There is no way he would have approved their motto of "Get Head for $20"