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#1 bulldog8b

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 01:23 PM

My girlfriend has been watching with me lately and we went to the Farmers at Torrey a couple weeks ago. She commented on how she could rarely follow the ball I  flight in person so how do the camera guys do it through a little view finder. I wondered that too. Are they just that good?


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 02:20 PM

Their cameras that they look at are "blacked out". So they essentially look at a blacked out screen and can track the white ball with ease. Almost like a night vision kind of thing.

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 02:24 PM

View PostCreedo77, on 07 February 2018 - 02:20 PM, said:

Their cameras that they look at are "blacked out". So they essentially look at a blacked out screen and can track the white ball with ease. Almost like a night vision kind of thing.

Interesting. Now that shot tracker or however they're branding that technology these days is more prevalent, it really seems archaic to track the ball in flight on TV and adds nothing to the understanding of the game for a viewer. I'd love to see shot tracker on every shot.
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Posted 07 February 2018 - 02:30 PM

View Postthesaxemachine, on 07 February 2018 - 02:24 PM, said:

View PostCreedo77, on 07 February 2018 - 02:20 PM, said:

Their cameras that they look at are "blacked out". So they essentially look at a blacked out screen and can track the white ball with ease. Almost like a night vision kind of thing.

Interesting. Now that shot tracker or however they're branding that technology these days is more prevalent, it really seems archaic to track the ball in flight on TV and adds nothing to the understanding of the game for a viewer. I'd love to see shot tracker on every shot.

yeah I'm for that as well...especially being able to see exactly what kind of shot it is ie draw/fade.
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Posted 07 February 2018 - 02:32 PM

High tech cameras and damn good operators.


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 02:59 PM

It helps when pros pretty much all hit the same ball flight.  Not always, but most of the time.

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 03:32 PM

Personally I wish they'd stop tracking the ball all the way through the air as if it's flying over your head.
Showing the ball fly in the sky without the course in the background is absurd. And that is magnified with all the ball flight technology.
Sorry - vent here, not trying to highjack the thread. I know it's the producers call the camera guys are fantastic and that was magnified by the tourney in Hawaii a few weeks ago.
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Posted 07 February 2018 - 04:01 PM

The blimp shots are where its at. Flying ball defined by the fairway beneath it. Bring back Snoopies old Sopwith Camel!
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Posted 07 February 2018 - 04:48 PM

View PostBaitkiller, on 07 February 2018 - 04:01 PM, said:

The blimp shots are where its at. Flying ball defined by the fairway beneath it.

Yeah, sometimes it's fun to watch just how far away from the point of entry the pros drop from the hazards.

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 07:38 PM

Badly.

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 07:50 PM

Nothing like watching the ball against the blue sky up close, lol, no really though it's pointless. Would be better to see the shot shape and trajectory

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 12:13 PM

You can almost sense the panic when the camera guy looses the ball in flight.


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Posted 08 February 2018 - 03:18 PM

View Postwcbjr, on 07 February 2018 - 04:48 PM, said:

View PostBaitkiller, on 07 February 2018 - 04:01 PM, said:

The blimp shots are where its at. Flying ball defined by the fairway beneath it.

Yeah, sometimes it's fun to watch just how far away from the point of entry the pros drop from the hazards.

That's not true, because the blimp is never exactly above the ball, so when it crosses the hazard we see a point on the diagonal with the ball, not the point directly beneath it
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Posted 08 February 2018 - 03:23 PM

They be like,

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 03:24 PM

View Postfillwelix, on 08 February 2018 - 03:18 PM, said:

View Postwcbjr, on 07 February 2018 - 04:48 PM, said:

View PostBaitkiller, on 07 February 2018 - 04:01 PM, said:

The blimp shots are where its at. Flying ball defined by the fairway beneath it.

Yeah, sometimes it's fun to watch just how far away from the point of entry the pros drop from the hazards.

That's not true, because the blimp is never exactly above the ball, so when it crosses the hazard we see a point on the diagonal with the ball, not the point directly beneath it
Yep, there's that nasty parallax distortion again. It's like looking into the water and seeing a fish right there within easy reach. Yet it isn't until you grab at it that you realize the darn thing is actually a foot from where you thought.
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Posted 08 February 2018 - 03:28 PM

The very beautiful white cottonball against a blue background.

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 11:50 AM

i'd like to remove the zoom button from every single camera the pga uses to cover the tournaments.
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Posted 09 February 2018 - 02:10 PM

Haha I play in a big group where half walk and half ride. At the turn, the riders run up to the clubhouse and usually us walkers will go ahead and tee off and head down the fairway.

I'm the longest in our group and will get all the way to my ball before the riders hit the tee. For fun, I've been trying to watch their tee shots through my rangefinder and follow the ball. I've been surprised that it isn't as hard as you might think. I can't follow the really awful ones but decent drives are easy to track.
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Posted 09 February 2018 - 02:12 PM

Hopefully they forget.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:50 PM

Why do they think we want to see the ball flying against a blue sky? Ive seen a handful of shots where the camera guy got low to the ground and picked up the ball flight beatifully.

Same goes for putting... I cant see any slopes from above in the towers . Get down to green level and show us the breaks.

If i can do these things on an iphone they can do it.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 11:17 PM

I must be in the minority because I don't really like the shot tracker. Seems video-game like to me. I like the camera view from behind or high from in front where you can see the trajectory. Not the zoomed in to the ball against the sky shot.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:24 AM

View Postsleezyt, on 12 February 2018 - 09:50 PM, said:

Why do they think we want to see the ball flying against a blue sky? Ive seen a handful of shots where the camera guy got low to the ground and picked up the ball flight beatifully.

Same goes for putting... I cant see any slopes from above in the towers . Get down to green level and show us the breaks.

If i can do these things on an iphone they can do it.

i've said the same. they need to eliminate the camera from every tower. they'd be better off giving 18 volunteers a go pro helmet cam and have them follow the action around the greens. anything is better than the top down view of greens that make every green look the same no matter the hole or the course.
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:40 AM

As I work at a golf course one morning a week (play and practice privileges) its important to see the ball when working in a green side bunker. Lucky for me my buddy has good eyesight cuz I cant see a ball past 100 yards. I dont know how he does it.
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