Sunday, May 11, 2008

Interesting Golf Technology

Bob Verdi, in the Local Knowledge blog at Golf Digest, filed a report about his experience with Kangaroo TV. (It may be a subtle shot at Greg Norman.)

For $25 per day, or $75 for the entire tournament, fans at the Players Championship can rent something called a Kangaroo TV. It hangs around your neck with a strap, weighs maybe a pound, and allows you to watch the telecast while you're out baking in the sun. I would liken it to the "black box" that Peter Kostis takes with him while roaming the fairways for CBS, except that Peter has never let me near his black box. He must have heard about my stormy relationship with computers.

Besides the actual telecast, you can punch in just the action at the fabled 17th hole, or go to the scoreboard, or the stat center or create a search for your favorite player. I don't have a favorite player, which is just as well because I couldn't get past the screen welcoming me to the Kangaroo TV world and offering "simple instructions".
It does sound pretty neat for people that want to pick a hole when they go to an event and stay there all day, but still want to know about what is going on in the tournament.

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