Dan Hicks is enough to drive any viewer batty, with his redundant, repetitive stories about the players'. Viewers of the Senior Open were treated to Gary Koch (I made an 8 on #13) and Peter Jacobsen bantering back and forth about what they would do in a situation. For the love of the game, when will the Producers at NBC ever get a clue on "How to" conduct a broadcast?
Yes, I know there is a thread about the worst announcers on air, but this goes beyond the fluff and to the point of golf coverage. Less has always been more when it comes to a "has been or a never was" blathering about a player and their particular shot selection, i.e
It is unfortunate that Gene Sauers couldn't close the deal yesterday, but reminding the viewers every 20-30 minutes about his struggles must have made his support group feel as if they were reliving the ordeal over and over......
Noting that a person has made great strides in conquering a personal situation is a credit, but belaboring the issue is an embarrasment. The Producers of NBC and GC golf should get a grip and learn to hit the dump button on Dan Hicks'. The announcing is amateuristic at best, with the "Hey Rog, what's he got?", "Gee Gary, I don't know why he would do that?"
Yes, the MUTE button is an option, albeit an easy way out. I think the on-course announcers have wore out their Welcome with the audience. Simple graphics from Shot Link and a little arrow showing wind direction can easily fulfill the viewers need. Mumbling off to the side about the lie adds nothing to the skill of performing the shot.
As golf tries to attract new people to the game, the "up close and personal" tactic is tired. Like most things, if CBS, GC and NBC would just dummy down the coverage, I think the causal and knowledgable golfer would get the jest. It's not rocket science.
Ok, I"m done now.