CBS Sports Upping Golf Coverage In 2018 With Technological Additions

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Golf has all the time been often known as a traditionalist sport. The truth that lots of its rules have remained the identical since its inception is what retains many coming again. Nonetheless, that doesn’t imply there haven’t been some fascinating modifications to the best way we’re capable of watch the sport. CBS Sports has beefed up their protection in 2018 with some strong technological developments.

The community’s protection of 21 PGA Tour occasions in 2018 will make use of instruments like Toptracer, SmartCart, Digital Eye and lots of others.

“The essential footage of the golf course from our cameras and the essential announcer commentary is the inspiration of our protection,” CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus advised Sports Video Group. “The brand new know-how simply has a special approach of displaying what’s occurring on the golf course and is one thing that viewers have gotten increasingly used to seeing.”

Toptracer is a Topgolf ball-monitoring product that could be probably the most vital enhancement. It was utilized in 2017, however its deployment can be upped to 10 holes per event versus 4. Usually ball-monitoring tech is unique to tee photographs however Toptracer permits wi-fi monitoring of second and third photographs as properly.

Digital Eye will create 3D gap fashions to point out photographs whereas highlighting analytics like ball velocity, arc and distance. Smartcart will present comparable knowledge and content material.

“I feel, because the know-how has advanced, all of the networks have creatively tried to determine the way it can enhance the understanding of the best way the photographs are being hit and the way they’re enjoying out,” McManus continued. “On sure holes, the blimp does a very good job of that, and Toptracer is a brand new and improved means of doing that, [too]. You see precisely the place the ball is within the fairway; you see precisely the place it’s with respect to the hazard on the precise gap and precisely the place it’s in relation to what the subsequent shot goes to be.”

Plans are in place to experiment with know-how across the greens in addition to bunker cams, drones and enhanced audio.