If we had no cars nobody would die in car accidents.
We are blessed to have HD TV to give us a detailed close-up of a golfer’s expression after sinking a putt to win the Open, or a Slow-Mo of each particle of sand explosively carrying a ball out of a bunker, enabling us to count the revolutions of spin. WOW! I spoke about this very issue with Gary Williams on The Golf Channel a while ago. Click here to view.
We can zoom into any incident, seeing what we have never been able to see before. However, we need to be very careful how we apply this technology.
Golf is probably the only game where we call ourselves on infractions, which separates it from all other sports. We need to respect and protect this as being the matrix binding the integrity of the game.
We may be better off leaving the judgement of an infraction to the player and the official on the site, rather than trying to get it right as determined by microscopic investigation — allowed to us by today’s technology, but which may never be extensive enough to be definitive –– and lengthy discussion which may lead to confusion and ambiguity for all who watch, compete and love the game and use this technology for its convenience and entertainment value.
For those who administer the game, we need to re-examine how we best use today’s technology to provide entertainment but not affect the uniqueness of our game.
Congratulations to Dustin Johnson: a great golfer and a worthy champion.