JFC, there he goes again!
I have to admit, that made me laugh 😂 Having said that, I don't think Paul was trolling here. He was just expressing his thoughts.
As to whether using apparel bonuses (the subject of this thread) or playing from the red / easy tees helps you get promoted, there is no question that it does. It's like hitting the EASY button on your ranked rounds.
I look at it this way. There are two ways you can get to the top of Pikes Peak. You can drive your car to the top or you can hike to the top. I have much more respect for those who hike.