I remember not too long ago you could go to the Byron Nelson or Colonial here in the Dallas/Ft Worth area and really get up close and personal with the pros. You could get into the game and see what the Pro’s were dealing with on the golf course. You also could walk along with the pro’s or stand at the ropes of the tee box or green and get a great view of what they have to deal with the shot they had to make. It was the only way to get a full appreciation for the game.
Now, if you can get within 30 yards of tee or green you can’t see anything because of all of the friggin cameras and photographers and volunteers. And forget about seeing anything if Tiger is in the field..geez.
I know we need all of this commotion for coverage of the game to the rest of world, but is it helping or hurting golf?
The real experience of golf is seeing it played live in the environment it is played in. Sitting at home watching it on analog TV in the comfort of home just does not show how difficult the shot they had to make was and that it is 120 degrees here in Texas..none of that could be experienced watching golf on TV.
Until now, with the invention of the High Definition LCD television sets, you can see the sweat rolling and the tenseness in the forearms and how Phil’s Brown Belt clashes with his black shoes. OK, the fashion statement was a side-shot, but all of the things you cannot see from the sidelines of the event you can now see on these HD Sets.
We broke down and bought a large screen LCD HD set. I have been totally blown away with how it has changed viewing golf. We got one of the larger screens since we have a larger living room. When I walk into the room when golf is on I feel like I am standing on the fairway with the players. It is simply marvelous.
After watching the Masters and the Players and other golf events in HD, I now have to ask, how long will it be before people quiet going to the golf tournaments and stay at home and watch it on HDTV? The experience is much better and the environment is more controlled..that is if you mute out Johnny Miller.
So here we have another ‘What if’ line of questions.
What if nobody went to the tournaments? Would we have to start paying to watch golf on TV?..or did I just give the Golf Channel an idea? How will golf survive if the events were just Televised and not set up for live audiences? Certainly the economy of the area the event is held would suffer.
All of these questions asked in today’s economy are concerning. Especially with non-golf marketing companies looking for everyway to capture an audience for their Non-golf clients.
I am not an advocate of the push for golf to go to TV and away for the live events, but with more and more people wanting that up close experience and are willing to pay for it, anything is a possibility. Will it help golf? I doubt it..but we will have to deal with it if it happens. Won’t we?