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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by DBEX, Feb 20, 2008.
Pretty cool. I usually don't watch golf on Tv, but I may have to check this out.
It's definitely 95% Tiger out there - which is fine - but at least we'll have options now. It'd really be cool to be able to pick a group or golfer to follow the entire round (Freddie Couples) but that would require a helluva lot of manpower.
I watch Golf and if Tiger is on great but there are alot of great golfers around that I love to watch just as much.
I was looking for info on this now that it's Masters week and thought I'd resurrect this thread.
It looks like 701 will be the mix channel and 702, 703, 704, and 705 will be the channels represented on the mix in SD. 706 will be the HD mix and 707-710 will be the full screen HD representation of the channels shown on the mix.
As far as the debate of whether or not the Masters is a PGA Tour event, most here are spot on in trying to explain it. It's official PGA Tour money and it's winner is identified as an official PGA Tour win but the Masters itself is not a PGA Tour stop and is run entirely by the Augusta National Golf Club. In fact none of the "Majors" are PGA Tour stops with the USGA, R & A, and PGA of America (club professionals) running the others. That's partly why the PGA Tour makes such a push for The Players to be a "fifth Major". They want one of their own to be included. All other PGA Tour stops are part of the PGA Tour schedule. In fact, it's been in the last 20 years or so that the British Open became an official win and money on the PGA Tour and more recently British Open champs prior to that decision were recognized as winners by the PGA Tour. Arnold Palmer picked up a couple additional PGA Tour wins at the age of, like, 70. I can't find info on the exact years these happened.
Thanks Loo for bringing this back up....I was hoping to catch some of this when it was on and for the info on the tournys.
I watched the HD VOD on the Masters preview and it is beutiful. Can't wait to see more.
Couldn't agree more.
And it should be!!
I suspect you are in the minority in that view, as if that were to happen...watch the viewership ratings take a huge nosedive. That is the case in any tournament he's in, not just the Masters.
Very Well Said Mr HDTVFAN!!!
Thanks for the channel line-up. Time to clean out the old movies, reset the priority list and record, record, record. Friday is telecommute day for me . . . guess I'll "work" from the sofa in front of the big(ger) screen.
Went to the Practice Rounds at the Masters in 1996. It's very impressive the way they put this tourney on. Was very, very pleasantly surprised that the prices for the food sold on premises were very reasonable. I'm used to getting held up at the Cardinals and Rams games. Really nice for them NOT to do that (hope they haven't changed in that respect).
Oh yes....I neglected to say "thank you" as well.
Many of us appreciate the information.
Yeah, I've never understood those that don't want to watch Tiger. When he's not in contention on the weekends he really doesn't get a lot of air time. That's the catch, he's almost always right there. There's so much to learn for your own game from this guy from club selection to preshot routine to being aggressive around the greens. He's truly amazing. I'm not sure people ever tuned into Chicago Bulls games in hopes that Michael Jordan was out with an injury so they could see everyone else on the court do their thing. Same with Gretzky. I don't get it. The guy is legendary, enjoy it while you can.
Tiger's a compelling story, that is for sure. But, I certainly enjoy watching golf on television when there is a competitive ending - two or three guys in the running going into the final holes or a play-off.
I doubt, though, my own game benefits from watching him or patterning my game after him. A guy, like Tiger, who hits PW's 150 yards has little in common with a weekend duffer, like me, who tops out with a PW at about 110 yds. (assuming that it's not sculled . . . in which case, it can roll forever on the baked Midwestern summer soil).
A few years back someone gave me Tiger's book, "How I Play Golf," as a Xmas present. It has sit on a shelf gathering dust since being opened. My initial reaction to Tiger's "How I Play Golf" was to mutter (internally) "with a great deal of talent, sir; with a great deal of talent."
Not to mention for those of us who attempt to play golf ourselves....we also appreciate the actual shot-making as much as the competition itself.
I picked up 2 small specific "tidbits" in watching over the years, which I still use today - they helped me drop from a "90's golfer" into the "80's" now on a consistent basis.
Like the commercial says - These Guys Are Good.
That's exactly why I now appreciate golf on TV so much more now. Before I picked up the game I would pause momentarily on golf while channel surfing, now I end up there for hours on end.
80s? What are they?
90s? I think I've seen them in the past.
100s. Ah, welcome home, tcusta00.
I didn't mention in my post anything about how far he hits the ball. That's not the point because when he steps on it, only a few guys can hit it as far. We can learn a lot from him in many other ways about playing this great game. Whether it's what I mentioned in my previous post or learning to hit a sawed off long iron (his stinger) to keep it out of the wind or just watching the full swing of his (the finest example of fundamentals and power out there) it's all adaptable. Finding a player with a similar body shape to yours and trying to emulate their swing is a great way to develop your swing (for me it's Darren Clarke, but he hasn't been in contention much in recent years) but everybody can get something from watching Tiger.
As far as Tiger's book, it's now a little out of date since he overhauled his swing with Hank Haney. If you try to apply some of his tips on hitting driver you'll end up getting your left knee (for a right handed golfer) scoped just like Tiger...and me.
Sorry, I'm getting off subject. Go Masters in HD on DirecTV. Yeah!!!
...all I know is that I have a ton of HD Masters programming set on 3 HD DVR's this weekend coming up....
I hope to be there in person at least 1-2 of those days as well. Now that's 3D viewing!
There's not much I wouldn't do to be there live. Does ANGC need an official Sunday back 9 streaker?!