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Wouldn’t it be great if you could soar above the fairway with the golf ball? Sense every little movement in Tiger Woods’ arms as he lines up his shot on the putting green? Or see the sand lingering in the air between you and the television after he’s bunkered it out of a trap?
Not all of these things are yet within the reach of the crews at ESPN and CBS (although we’re sure they’re working on a way to do that fairway flyover), but golf is definitely a sport that will benefit from the sense of distance and scale that a 3D viewing experience will provide.
Let’s face it, golf loses a lot in 2D. It’s much more about patience and precision than running and jumping, and when you’re only seeing it in two dimensions, it’s easy to find yourself getting distracted and wondering if there’s something more exciting on, especially during the slower games. You really need to be right there on the course with the spectators, feeling the tension in the air as Michelle Wie gets ready to show us again the magic that earned her a third-round 66 when she was only 13.
Or imagine if 3D TV had been around back in 1960, when Arnold Palmer charged to victory at the US Open at Cherry Hills, beating out Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan. Imagine being in the crowd when he did his two putt birdie after driving the green on his 346 yard first hole. He said he felt “a powerful surge of adrenaline” after that, and the crowd probably did too. Especially while they followed him as he took five birdies in the next six holes.
It’s not just about the thrill of watching the top players strut their struff. The 18 golf hole course at Cherry Hills Country Club is perhaps one of the most beautiful in the world, with its brooks, bridges and views of the Colorado mountains, and seeing them in 3D would be something special in itself. The BMW Championships are scheduled to be held there in 2014, and it’s a fair bet they’ll be shooting it in three dimensions. Tiger Woods’ turn in the 2010 Masters was broadcast in 3D by Comcast, both via cable and live internet video.
Now, a 3D golf tournament across Nullabor links in Australia, the world’s longest golf course - that’s something we want to see.