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Annoying. Especially Buck and Azinger. Sheesh.

 

 

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4 hours ago, gbtrsc said:

 

Annoying. Especially Buck and Azinger. Sheesh.

 

 

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The actual photography, I liked. Very creative with the drones and way more shot trackers than normal, but yeah, Buck and Azinger can go. Bacon and Faxon were much, much better, IMO. 

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Over the last few years I think Fox golf coverage has gotten much much better....let's face it, you're not going to get Nantz and Faldo but I didn't think they did too bad this year.

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...I really hate Fox interviews and features while the leaders are actually playing golf. We missed a few key shots down the stretch yesterday because Fox thinks viewers need more than golf to keep their attention. But I do think they have gotten a little better than having a camera follow Jason Day walking from hole to hole because he feinted, hoping to catch him doing it again while completely ignoring golf being played. 

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1 minute ago, chisag said:

...I really hate Fox interviews and features while the leaders are actually playing golf. We missed a few key shots down the stretch yesterday because Fox thinks viewers need more than golf to keep their attention. But I do think they have gotten a little better than having a camera follow Jason Day walking from hole to hole because he feinted, hoping to catch him doing it again while completely ignoring golf being played. 

Good point!  I could have done without their little interview set....maybe they should watch more of what Amanda Balionis does?  

They do seem to stick with the same golfers for a little too long as well. Not sure if you saw it but Max Homa tweeted something along the lines of "Chez Reavie has a great swing...too bad you can't see it if you're watching the US Open"  (I probably messed that up but the point was well made).  I get the final closing holes and focusing on the leaders but there were other great players on the course besides Woodland, Rose and Koepka.

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... Yup, show me good shots from anyone instead of features or watching the leaders just walking. 

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With the exception of some new camera angles and drone views, I hated the Fox coverage. Too many "feel-good" stories, dumb interviews, Joe Buck,  weird microphones picking up putters hitting the ball that all sounded odd for some reason, oh and Joe Buck... I was bored with it all and it seemed to not have much flow to it-felt disjointed and unorganized. Hated it.

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I think Fox does a much better job than CBS or NBC, especially if you consider they don't have any regular Tour event coverage to hone their craft.  Fewer commercial breaks, far less sophomoric attempts at humor (McCord) and more actual golf shots.  I could live without Azinger but actually don't mind Buck.  I prefer Buck far more than Nantz, to be honest.

With that said, I think Shane Bacon and Brad Faxon should be handed the reigns for all Fox golf coverage on a permanent basis.  They are absolutely stunning in their presentation with both getting more comfortable with every passing broadcast.  Faxon is the best golf color-commentator regardless of network affiliation in my opinion.  Bacon is refreshingly unique and uniquely qualified to sit in the lead chair having played the game at the highest levels as well as being a broadcast journalist.

 

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Just now, sixcat said:

I think Fox does a much better job than CBS or NBC, especially if you consider they don't have any regular Tour event coverage to hone their craft.  Fewer commercial breaks, far less sophomoric attempts at humor (McCord) and more actual golf shots.  I could live without Azinger but actually don't mind Buck.  I prefer Buck far more than Nantz, to be honest.

With that said, I think Shane Bacon and Brad Faxon should be handed the reigns for all Fox golf coverage on a permanent basis.  They are absolutely stunning in their presentation with both getting more comfortable with every passing broadcast.  Faxon is the best golf color-commentator regardless of network affiliation in my opinion.  Bacon is refreshingly unique and uniquely qualified to sit in the lead chair having played the game at the highest levels as well as being a broadcast journalist.

 

sometimes guys just gel well together and I think Bacon and Faxon are like that.... liked their little Titleist montages too; hopefully Fox takes notice and they don't have a "love affar" with Zinger. 

His down-home takes are sometimes funny though.

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Curtis Strange and Paul Azinger made it easy to mute the TV at times. I don't understand their need to constantly compare today's golfers with their generation and how they played the course however many decades ago. It seemed they wanted to take Johnny Miller's spot as the top golf commentator a**hole . The drone shots were awesome as they showed angles most folks will never see of Pebble Beach. I enjoyed the production except for cutting to Joe Buck and watching some sort of side story. That's neat and all but why don't you do that at the beginning and then show some pre-coverage highlights and then go live. 

I think this was Fox's best showing so far but I could do without Buck, Strange and Azinger. 

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3 minutes ago, GolfSpy Stroker said:

sometimes guys just gel well together and I think Bacon and Faxon are like that.... liked their little Titleist montages too; hopefully Fox takes notice and they don't have a "love affar" with Zinger. 

His down-home takes are sometimes funny though.

Bacon and Faxon do "gel" quite well together.  To me, Zinger tries to hard to be the folksy uncle with the offbeat little tidbits of wisdom.  But that wisdom comes off as disjointed gibberish that only he understands.  

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16 minutes ago, sixcat said:

With that said, I think Shane Bacon and Brad Faxon should be handed the reigns for all Fox golf coverage on a permanent basis.  They are absolutely stunning in their presentation with both getting more comfortable with every passing broadcast.  Faxon is the best golf color-commentator regardless of network affiliation in my opinion.  Bacon is refreshingly unique and uniquely qualified to sit in the lead chair having played the game at the highest levels as well as being a broadcast journalist.

Totally agree....

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9 minutes ago, sixcat said:

Bacon and Faxon do "gel" quite well together.  To me, Zinger tries to hard to be the folksy uncle with the offbeat little tidbits of wisdom.  But that wisdom comes off as disjointed gibberish that only he understands.  

yeah...I bet he's really really fun to play golf with but those little anecdotes sometimes come out a little weird.

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16 hours ago, MaxEntropy said:

The actual photography, I liked. Very creative with the drones and way more shot trackers than normal, but yeah, Buck and Azinger can go. Bacon and Faxon were much, much better, IMO. 

I agree with you.  Photography was better, and the Bacon/Faxon team were pretty good.  Buck and Azinger, though, yuck.  

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I suppose I'm the outcast around here. I like Azinger. I think he'll perhaps be around the golf booth for a long time. As for the rest of the telecast I enjoyed it. Sure I could nit pit but whats the point. Overall Fox has improved quite a bit. Personally I don't think I missed a thing. Great Open and a great Champion in Woodland.

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I suppose I'm the outcast around here. I like Azinger. I think he'll perhaps be around the golf booth for a long time. As for the rest of the telecast I enjoyed it. Sure I could nit pit but whats the point. Overall Fox has improved quite a bit. Personally I don't think I missed a thing. Great Open and a great Champion in Woodland.

Agreed.
Zinger doesn't bother me either. Wouldn't mind them tapping him to do a how to sigment from various lies and situations.


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18 hours ago, sixcat said:

I think Fox does a much better job than CBS or NBC, especially if you consider they don't have any regular Tour event coverage to hone their craft.  Fewer commercial breaks, far less sophomoric attempts at humor (McCord) and more actual golf shots.  I could live without Azinger but actually don't mind Buck.  I prefer Buck far more than Nantz, to be honest.

With that said, I think Shane Bacon and Brad Faxon should be handed the reigns for all Fox golf coverage on a permanent basis.  They are absolutely stunning in their presentation with both getting more comfortable with every passing broadcast.  Faxon is the best golf color-commentator regardless of network affiliation in my opinion.  Bacon is refreshingly unique and uniquely qualified to sit in the lead chair having played the game at the highest levels as well as being a broadcast journalist.

 

I prefer fox over cbs and nbc. I can’t stand nantz and was glad when Johnny announced his retirement. 

As the camera crew ha gotten better with following the ball the fox coverage is really good and they kind of forced the increased use of protracer and the stats on swings from nbc and cbs.

the lack of commercials offsets the fluff pieces which happen to be staples of nbc and to an extent cbs.

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I personally enjoyed the coverage. It wasn’t perfect and it wasn’t horrible. Everyone has different expectations on how golf should be presented on TV so it will never be perfect. With 10 hours of coverage you are going to get fluff pieces and varying commentary. I felt like I got to watch more golf shots than normal coverage.

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4 minutes ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

I prefer fox over cbs and nbc. I can’t stand nantz and was glad when Johnny announced his retirement. 

As the camera crew ha gotten better with following the ball the fox coverage is really good and they kind of forced the increased use of protracer and the stats on swings from nbc and cbs.

the lack of commercials offsets the fluff pieces which happen to be staples of nbc and to an extent cbs.

Fluff pieces have become an american staple with sports broadcasting in general.  Some of those pieces were replayed a half-dozen times from Thursday to Sunday.  Just show golf and stop trying to be Oprah or Ellen.

With that said, Fox offers the best coverage in my opinion.  It could be better but it is still better than NBC or CBS.  The good thing about streaming coverage, I can generally get the European broadcast of The Open.  Being something of a minimalist, I find it far superior to anything we have in the US.

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I guess I fall into the really don't notice that much difference category.  I focus on the golf and not so much on the broadcast team. IMO, no one covers golf like The Masters and, if the others are striving to be the best at golf coverage, should use that venue as their gold standard.

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