How Golf Is Televised Is Part Of The Problem


Though I’d played over a dozen sports, I never felt inclined to give golf a shot until I was 41. Several factors contributed to that, but part of it must surely be a lifetime of channel-surfing past televised golf tournaments and getting the impression that the sport was the dullest thing ever created.

My latest essay for the Hack Golf initiative lays part of the blame for golf’s decline on network TV producers and the PGA Tour, who are clearly more interested in results — namely the final score on each hole, which is determined by putting — rather than the process of playing golf, the inner challenge and the outer drama.

Golf’s television producers might start hacking the status quo of their coverage formula by asking themselves how they’d cover the sport if no one in the viewship had ever seen golf before and they had one chance to hook everyone’s interest. I bet they’d focus more on the process of the sport, the inner vicissitudes of confidence and nerves, the disastrous miss-hits followed by miraculous rescue shots. We’d get to see more the strategizing with the caddy (and berating him for bad advice), more of the agony and ecstasy of the golfer’s reaction when he succeeds or fails. In short, the PGA Tour should take a few cues from the Golf Channel’s “Big Break” reality show.

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