People, people! Breathe!
Sure, the latest attempt at breakthrough technology was not perfect in its Saturday debut. GolfDigest.com’s Christopher Powers rounds up the rants in reaction to the first hole tee shot of Justin Rose, the technology’s debut on CBS.
The issue appears to be one of scale and visibility. The holes were presented horizontally, forcing a reduction in hole scale that made it hard to tell if a ball was heading for fairway or rough. The shot from the blimp kept the entire hole in view, which took us even farther away from being able to see details. There was also some uncertainty in when to cut away from the trace to the ball landing.
I still see a level of authenticity in seeing the actual hole instead of a graphic (since the graphics often do not reflect reality).
If the architectural features of the landing can be better delineated by the view, and the hole presented vertically to improve size and perspective, this could have great value.
Here is the Tweet with quite the onslaught of comments