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New Golf Graphic...What Do You Think?

If you flipped over to the Arnold Palmer Invitational from the NCAA Tournament...errr, the other way around. Anyway. I'm not sure yet about the new numbers added to NBC/Golf Channel graphics to tell you which shot a player is playing.

I get the concept, like the concept, but I'm not sure viewers can handle more numbers in a small area when the "For Birdie" is what most want to know.

Here are the screen grabs of them in advance of the week. When Tiger was going to play.

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Reader Comments (34)

I don't like it - its just a bunch of redundant teeny numbers
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDuncan
Not intuitive.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
Just one more distraction, like the incessant announcer chatter.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdmorg
Meh. Doesn't enhance the telecast. Would rather see shot-tracer more regularly, and aiming point on the greens. And a little more silence in the booth when the player and caddie are talking about playing a shot wouldn't exactly hurt.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPA PLAYA
I thought it was great. Told you the hole par and shot being played in a glance. Makes it that much easier to watch the telecast on mute.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
I like it when they include the shot or putt length, and with the putt what the make percentage is on tour. Also I don't get why the graphic comes on while they're setting up, then disappears. Just leave it there, until you switch to the next player, like the score box in any other sport.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterElf
First saw this on the LPGA coverage on Thursday. I like it, but it is redundant when it also says "2nd Shot" in the box below. Since the number now indicates the shot, ideally they could add the distance.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Saw it, thought about it, concluded I don't need it. (Besides, you KNOW the announcer is also going to say "This is for birdie." How much overkill do we need?)

Elf has it right. Even as I'm looking at the putt on TV I really like the EXACT LENGTH of every putt. ("Make percentage, not so much on the long stuff but for sure inside 20 feet.) I would also like Driving Distance on every single tee ball.

And can we get Tiger's water boy (Notah Begay) to stop whispering? Wait... you mean that's his voice at full throat?
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBenSeattle
I really like it. I can come back to the telecast at any point and with a glance know where the player is at. I'd like to see the hole handicap number displayed as well.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterIce Golf
This is a textbook example of some VP of Superfluity attempting to justify his existence.
Good for people flipping in and out quickly from another broadcast, for example. Doesn't help someone who is watching every shot, which is what I am doing now as the Louisville St Louis game is awful. The two teams combined for less than 20 points in first 10 minutes.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterNo Longer
I suspect that people's reception of the new graphics depends on whether they are watching on an analog TV...or a wide-screen letter-box format High-Def TV.
Not a very good innovation. Especially when the playoffs come up and they start to clutter the screen with even more numbers. For Birdie/Par/Bogey/etc. was all the viewer needed.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
I like the second example...
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJuke Joint Jimmy
I saw it first on the telecast of the JTBC Founders Cup and I liked it immediately. I watch on a HUGE HD TV so it does not take up much space and is a quick summary of the situation.

I do agree seeing the distance would be great.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Matthew IV
Confusing when par is not also provided. I had to do too much calculating when yardage was between long par four and short par five.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Duffer
It's confusing, if they want to do this, they should just write "3rd shot" "6th shot" etc
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterLawrence
Makes it much easier to follow when on mute, the only sane way to watch "Golf Channel"
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave
Dumb...redundant....cluttery...guess that about covers it.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered Commenterjjshaka
Have the graphics people heard the expression "red numbers"? Or seen a course (manual) scoreboard lately? There's a clue to what the colour of the number on screen should be for a birdie or better.
The European Tour have got it. So instead of circles and squares around the score card graphic or whenever it's for a birdie there are red numbers.
My guess is that this has already been discussed by the producer but someone hooked on "corporate identity" may be hung up on the miniscreen being blue and doesn't want red in it.
So dumb.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt
What happens when they are on the tee? Please tell me the banner will scream 'FOR ALBATROSS' or whatever dumb crap grabs eyeballs these days.
03.23.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDsl
Dumbing down the game
03.23.2014 | Unregistered CommenterChicago pt
Not needed but doesn't bother me. Took me a couple views to figure it out what they were trying to do.
03.23.2014 | Unregistered CommenterSmails
Too much time on their hands graphic
... along with showing Gary Koch, et al. talking live in an inset box
03.23.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn C
03.23.2014 | Unregistered Commentercameron
not my clarity
03.23.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Tuned in to the Arnold Palmer Invitational for a while just to examine this new graphic again. Now it makes sense. Additional information can't be a bad thing when it isn't also distracting, and this graphic isn't. I say if you don't like it, then ignore it.
03.23.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Duffer
I don't hate it.
03.23.2014 | Unregistered Commenterjoe six-pack
A bigger problem is the size of the bottom banner, not necessarily during broadcasts but often on re-broadcasts. Use the extra space at the sides vertically.
03.24.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBillV
Seriously, who the hell watches golf and doesn't know that a 3rd shot on a par 4 is for birdie or that the 5th is for bogey?

Is Captain Obvious from the ads moonlighting on TGC and NBC?
03.24.2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrutal
What a bunch luddites. :-). Its not bad, actually coveys info quicker, I think, then having to look at the par of the hole and calculate which shot the player is making.

As for hearing more golfer/caddie discussions, I thought NBC was doing better than usual at letting us listen in, until Matt Every's caddie certainly hurt the cause by dropping a nice 'f bomb' during Sunday's round.
03.24.2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe Big K
It's good but just another case of geek obfuscation. Eschew it.
10.12.2015 | Unregistered CommenterBill Batson

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