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ishmael
06-20-2009, 03:18 PM
I'm sure it's a very pleasant pastime, but it has to be the worst TV ever invented. It sinks below the level of televised baseball, and that's saying a lot.

Tom Montgomery
06-20-2009, 03:21 PM
Because plenty of people with lots of discretionary income enjoy watching it?

Glen Longino
06-20-2009, 03:52 PM
Tiger Woods!

BarnacleGrim
06-20-2009, 04:13 PM
Finally got your DTV to work?

ishmael
06-20-2009, 04:24 PM
Hello to Sweden.

Yes, sort of. It's spooky, but it works, kinda.

Upnorth1
06-20-2009, 05:22 PM
It's a great cure for insomnia :^)

L.W. Baxter
06-20-2009, 06:09 PM
One nice thing about golf is that it is almost completely free of referees making calls that alter the game. Most rulings are made by the players themselves; in what other sport do athletes penalize themselves for playing incorrectly?

There are ocassional official rulings made about obstructions or drop zones but they are rarely anything that really changes the outcome. And they never penalize/benefit one player to the direct detriment/benefit of another. You still got to make your shots, in other words. You can't win because the ref calls a ticky-tack foul or makes a bad spot of the ball. You can't lose because of the ref either, you always get to take a swing at it, wherever it lies.

Also, there isn't much evidence of steroid use in golf to this point, though even if there is, the benefits of it would be questionable. All the steroids in the world can't help you drain a 6 footer for the title. Golf can have alot of drama if you know what you are looking at. I play a couple times a year so have a rudimentary understanding of the challenges involved.

All in all, I've come to prefer watching golf, tennis, track and field etc over the highly arbitrated team sports. Especially NBA basketball. What a joke. How can anybody take it seriously when the rules are so poorly defined and (apparently) impossible to apply in an even-handed way? Basketball does almost nothing for me at this point. Baseball and football aren't far behing, though I do enjoy the world series and the NFL playoffs.

Rum_Pirate
06-20-2009, 07:27 PM
Ishmael would you prefer long distance ocean racing to be televised?

donald branscom
06-20-2009, 07:34 PM
I love to lay on a couch with fresh air and a slight breeze going through the room- its warm and have a blanket on me and a golf game is on the TV.

The part I really like is when the announcer speaks in a very low voice...almost a whisper. Like they were in a library or something.

Cuyahoga Chuck
06-20-2009, 08:18 PM
The current trend in broadcasr TV is to go with whatever is cheap and can get more than so-so ratings. If Tiger is there the numbers go way up and the network doesn't have to pay him.

cathouse willy
06-20-2009, 08:26 PM
I couldn't resist Robin Williams take on golf. Warning LOTS of F bombs.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_OmnP527Dw

JBreeze
06-20-2009, 08:36 PM
I somewhat agree w/ LW Baxter, but there is another reason I like watching golf when Tiger is playing.

The ball is just sitting there....can't blame mistakes on the opposing pitcher, the referees, the opposition, etc. Just you and the ball - hit it:D (It's a lot harder than you think).

I've been following Tiger since watching him win his 2nd US amateur title in Newport RI around 1995. (The only time the "public" gets to enter this private club). Tiger is the opposite of what one would expect of the country club set -modest background, multiracial, and the American Dream story.

He also plays well under pressure - last week going into the last 4 holes, three players could have won....the other two folded, but Tiger turned it on and hit a 187 yd iron within a foot of the cup. Fantastic shot! He's been doing this consistently for a long time now, while other have come and gone.

The only possible knock on him is that Nicklaus achieved his victories against tough competition - Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, maybe Trevino. Some people can make a case that Tiger hasn't had the same level of competition.

pcford
06-20-2009, 09:09 PM
I'm sure it's a very pleasant pastime, but it has to be the worst TV ever invented. It sinks below the level of televised baseball, and that's saying a lot.

You have finally said something with a shred of insight! Keep it up!!

Did you know that baseball games are...on average...fourteen hours long? Who watches this stuff??!!

JimD
06-20-2009, 09:16 PM
Has any professional golfer ever swung at the ball and missed? I'd like to see that, played over and over, like that guy crashing off the ski jump on the old intro to Wide World of Sports.

S B
06-20-2009, 09:26 PM
Anybody know why the colour commentators wisper,they are in a studio,miles away.

Wild Dingo
06-20-2009, 09:34 PM
Why is golf on TV?


I'm sure it's a very pleasant pastime, but it has to be the worst TV ever invented. It sinks below the level of televised baseball, and that's saying a lot.


A more accurate discription would be "cause its more boring than batshyte"... sorta like watching lawn bowls :rolleyes: only worse... and where is Russ one might ask as I type this? Watching batshyte on the idiot box :p

Paul Girouard
06-20-2009, 09:34 PM
Anybody know why the colour commentators wisper,they are in a studio,miles away.



They all are not miles away, some walk the course with either lead groups or interesting match ups. Some are in tower set up close to the greens. Or close to a finishing hole. Being up high thier voices would carry better. So yes are in fact quite some distance from anyone's hearing , so they do it either out of habit , or to give the viewer the feeling / impression they are "right there".

Sort of like the reason Brian William's is filmed with lean good looking younger people behind him while in the studio , they are told to "look busy" , all of TV is entertainment , golf as well as the nightly news.

Paul Girouard
06-20-2009, 09:43 PM
The only possible knock on him is that Nicklaus achieved his victories against tough competition - Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, maybe Trevino. Some people can make a case that Tiger hasn't had the same level of competition.



Well thats B/S golfer play the course not other golfers , maybe they play against thier self's would be a better way to put it. Another golfer can do nothing to effect how you strike the ball. Thats all you , he can't really add any pressure unless YOU allow it. All he or she can do is play the course.

Have courses gotten shorter , no they've gotten longer on average and by golf standards lots longer. Greens are harder then even as in stimp meter harder , some are almost like tar roads , hard to control the ball on hard greens. So I just don't buy any of that premise about who Tiger's playing.



The equipment has gotten better, so if they want to use that against Tiger they can. Clubs and balls are made better and made of better stuff , still that same equipment has to pass R&A standards.

I'd rather watch golf than play it, EXTREMELY frustrating game, a good walk gone bad indeed!!! :D

Paul Pless
06-20-2009, 09:44 PM
Has any professional golfer ever swung at the ball and missed? I'd like to see that, played over and over, like that guy crashing off the ski jump on the old intro to Wide World of Sports.van de velde's british open shank comes to mind.

cs
06-20-2009, 10:02 PM
I'm sure it's a very pleasant pastime, but it has to be the worst TV ever invented. It sinks below the level of televised baseball, and that's saying a lot.


Because I like it.

Chad

peter radclyffe
06-20-2009, 10:42 PM
Anybody know why the colour commentators wisper,they are in a studio,miles away.
how many more programmes on tv would be better served, by people not shooting their mouths off, like violent childish halfwits

S B
06-20-2009, 10:58 PM
how many more programmes on tv would be better served, by people not shooting their mouths off, like violent childish halfwits
I can't argue with you there.

Flying Orca
06-20-2009, 11:01 PM
I knew Cherry would come into this somehow. :)

Paul Girouard
06-20-2009, 11:33 PM
I knew Cherry would come into this somehow. :)




As in Don Cherry?

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
06-20-2009, 11:57 PM
There's always something else on another channel Jack.
I usually watch PBS because there's fewer commercials.
Just push the channel button on the remote,it's easy.
Baseball is much better on the radio, so is football.

Mike H
06-21-2009, 08:56 AM
It's for people who find TV fishing too exciting.

James McMullen
06-21-2009, 09:18 AM
If you have the time to be bored watching golf on tv, then you have the time to go do something else that's more productive with your life. For chrissakes, man! Why don't you go sailing instead of watching tv, huh?

Rigadog
06-21-2009, 11:18 AM
Its curling on grass

Paul Girouard
06-21-2009, 04:58 PM
One of the other interesting things about TV golf as all the electrical power is provided by outside companies , like GE. My niece is a big time VP , (so they tell me , there could be 100rd's of VP inside GE but she is one) her husband who also used to be a electrical engineer with GE worked PGA events along with the Olympics that where held in Europe awhile back , I think in Italy, maybe it was France , I can't remember. But he was telling me the cameras and other equipment are very sensitive to power spikes or low power.

So a week, maybe a bit more, before a event the roll in with semi trucks and pull all the wire , set-up generators , and what ever else the network requires.

When you think about the club house is a long way from most holes . So bringing in your own power source is the only way it could be done.

Lots goes into putting the events together. More trickle down economics.

Flying Orca
06-21-2009, 07:14 PM
As in Don Cherry?

The very same.

rbgarr
06-26-2009, 10:24 AM
American golf courses on TV leave me cold, even Augusta National.

Watching the televised matches from the UK seaside courses when the wind is up is more like it. I love those seaside links. Wild. A few years ago, M and I went on a trip around Scotland and walked some of them before and after the players were out. It was a great way to start or end the days after driving for most of them.

There was an article in the New Yorker (April 20) about a course on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/04/20/090420fa_fact_owen

Krunch
06-26-2009, 11:40 AM
I don't think my Dad ever watched a "spectator sport" (as he called them) on TV or in person at any time in his life until, late in life, he began to watch golf.

He said it was the pressure (and grace under pressure) that interested him.

switters
06-26-2009, 11:53 AM
Best hangover television ever, quiet voices, slow moving camera shots, tranquil green screen and always on sundays.

G.Sherman
06-26-2009, 12:23 PM
It takes your mind of porn and numbs the urge to be productive.

cs
06-26-2009, 12:32 PM
When I used to play a lot of video-game golf, I found I watched more coverage of the live game.

I like to go out to the range and smack a bucket of balls around. I got a pretty good 240-250 yard drive. Hooks a bit, but whattaya gonna do? Nobody's short game is any good. I reckon if I can just get my chipping under control I might be able to go out and walk the links.

You gotta play the ball more forward in your stance, keep the ball forward rather than rearward in your stance.

Chad