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Golf isn’t a very big market. More people go bowling than play golf. I think it will be nothing more than a PGA Tour promo with some controversy mixed in. People magazine for golf.

 

When professional golfers travel internationally, they are issued “Entertainer” visas. Golf is entertainment, like GolfWRX… 😉

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1 hour ago, bscinstnct said:

Golf fans in 1982 with nothing but crappy tv reception of a few hours of events and no other media coverage. And if you miss it live, you’re out of luck and see 15 seconds of highlights on the evening news.

 

”This is great!”

 

Golf fans in 2022 with 5 live streams of featured groups, featured holes, super HD you can see grains of sand flying, rewind, replay, dvr, on demand highlight reels, individual player media accounts, drone cameras, shot tracker, shot tracer, and movie studio produced, multi-episode, in-depth, on demand streamed, docu-series featuring the pros on tour,

 

”This stinks!”

 

🤣

 

 

Plus, the fact that around 1982 a 25" TV was considered a BIG screen..........2022 we're watching sports on a 65-70" HD multi-speaker Movie theater. Just like being there, from the comforts of our living room...........

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On 9/2/2021 at 5:04 PM, Medson said:

I think your concerns are legitimate, and I have some faith in the production to get the story "right". 

 

If the Tour is going to heavy hand to curate a perfect "everybody loves everybody" image, it is gonna be an one and done show. Don't get me wrong. I think it is going to "get ugly in the trenches" on what can and cannot be said on the show. 

 

Again, this is just my opinion. I think there are interest from everybody (Netflix, Tour, sponsors) to make this a recurring show like Drive to Survive (in its 4th season). Before COVID, golf has a declining participation issue. Golf is gonna enjoy a nice COVID bump for couple of years, but golf still needs to face the reality that is 1) too expensive to play; 2) too long to play; 3) too inaccessible. It is probably an interest for the Tour to get something long-term going. 

 

To be honest, if the Tour does not work out, Netflix should go straight to LPGA that is probably more willing to work something out. 

 

There isn't a lot of legitimate beefs on Tour.  I wouldn't say that it's a Mutual Admiration Society either, but I tend to think that the devoted fans think that Tour players dislike each other more than they do or that there's a lot of secret prima donnas that the Tour's public relations keeps under wraps.  

 

And it's really nothing like that.

 

Part of the reason why there are very little in the way of beefs and general dislike between players is that they all have different schedules and rarely interact all that much with each other.  The real interaction is between the player and his 'team' of the caddie, swing coach, trainer, business manager, etc.  The players rarely pair up with each other more than twice a season and then you have players playing in different events or starting the first round in the morning vs. the other in the afternoon.  They may not even come across each other on the golf course in the same event.

 

The real story is about the player's own individual story and I think that gets overlooked by production companies looking to film the Tour.  That and the weekly grind of Tour life and being on the road for half the year.

 

 

 

 

 

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I think the real question is going to be - how interested are hard core golf fans going to be in watching something where they knew the results 6-9 months ago? In...January, are you going to really want to dig into an episode about last years US Open? Are you going to want to see the "inside scoop" on someone changing club manufacturers that you knew half a season ago?

 

Which leads me to believe that hard core golf fans arent the real audience here. Its random people who logon to Netflix and see the big splashy advertisement for the show but theyve never watched golf in their life. Thats the real audience.

 

6 hours ago, RichieHunt said:

The real story is about the player's own individual story and I think that gets overlooked by production companies looking to film the Tour.  That and the weekly grind of Tour life and being on the road for half the year.

 

And personally I think I've seen enough of these shows on TGC to last me a lifetime.

 

Look I've gotten into a million shows on Netflix that I never would have expected to like, so, I give them the benefit of the doubt. I dont believe for a second the Tour will allow us to see the "inside scoop" we all want to see but I'd be thrilled to admit I was wrong.

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13 minutes ago, dcmidnight said:

I think the real question is going to be - how interested are hard core golf fans going to be in watching something where they knew the results 6-9 months ago? In...January, are you going to really want to dig into an episode about last years US Open? Are you going to want to see the "inside scoop" on someone changing club manufacturers that you knew half a season ago?

 

Which leads me to believe that hard core golf fans arent the real audience here. Its random people who logon to Netflix and see the big splashy advertisement for the show but theyve never watched golf in their life. Thats the real audience.

 

Don't think hard core golf fans are the target audience like you say. The PGA is trying to replicate what Drive to survive did for F1 with the casual fan. For those of us that were hardcore F1 fans, DTS didn't offer much in terms, but it sure got the rest. My kids who always used to laugh at me watching F1 races, are now glued to the screen. Colleagues are now discussing F1 at work, where this was unheard of before DTS.

 

On the flip side, the sudden success leads to the crap that happened at the last race...(and I was actually rooting for Max and Honda to win it all as I've been a fan of Honda since the MP4/4 car).

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6 hours ago, dcmidnight said:

I think the real question is going to be - how interested are hard core golf fans going to be in watching something where they knew the results 6-9 months ago? In...January, are you going to really want to dig into an episode about last years US Open? Are you going to want to see the "inside scoop" on someone changing club manufacturers that you knew half a season ago?

 

Which leads me to believe that hard core golf fans arent the real audience here. Its random people who logon to Netflix and see the big splashy advertisement for the show but theyve never watched golf in their life. Thats the real audience.

 

 

And personally I think I've seen enough of these shows on TGC to last me a lifetime.

 

Look I've gotten into a million shows on Netflix that I never would have expected to like, so, I give them the benefit of the doubt. I dont believe for a second the Tour will allow us to see the "inside scoop" we all want to see but I'd be thrilled to admit I was wrong.

Agree100%......some of the worst movies and show are now trending on NetFlix,,,,,,,I'm as guilty as you are as far as sampling content that I would never watch normally......LOL!

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7 hours ago, vtpachyderm said:

 

Don't think hard core golf fans are the target audience like you say. The PGA is trying to replicate what Drive to survive did for F1 with the casual fan. For those of us that were hardcore F1 fans, DTS didn't offer much in terms, but it sure got the rest. My kids who always used to laugh at me watching F1 races, are now glued to the screen. Colleagues are now discussing F1 at work, where this was unheard of before DTS.

 

On the flip side, the sudden success leads to the crap that happened at the last race...(and I was actually rooting for Max and Honda to win it all as I've been a fan of Honda since the MP4/4 car).

Funny you mention that. I got hooked on F1 watching DTS. Now I don’t miss a race ever. 

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6 minutes ago, woodriff said:

Funny you mention that. I got hooked on F1 watching DTS. Now I don’t miss a race ever. 

 

Me too, the wife actually started watching it first and I got totally sucked in. I used to watch it in the 80's.

 

I'm a little interested in some background, but I also don't watch golf. Funny Bryson feels it would be too invasive (he wouldn't control the narrative)?

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17 minutes ago, lefthack said:

 

Me too, the wife actually started watching it first and I got totally sucked in. I used to watch it in the 80's.

 

 

 

There you go. My young adult daughter likes DTS too and she previously couldn't care less about racing. 

 

If these shows move the needle with the female audience it can broaden the viewership immediately and meaningfully. 

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11 minutes ago, me05501 said:

 

There you go. My young adult daughter likes DTS too and she previously couldn't care less about racing. 

 

If these shows move the needle with the female audience it can broaden the viewership immediately and meaningfully. 

To be honest, my wife loves watching golf and has gone to watch in person (I have not). I agree that this will expand viewers and enthusiasm for at least watching more. 

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On 9/8/2021 at 3:29 AM, dcmidnight said:

 

This is what I see this playing out as - a more extended version of the show TGC already has on about "life on the tour".

 

The "good stuff" that I see on DTS, the behind the scenes stuff, the team strategy etc - I just dont see any way the Tour would allow that kind of access and IMO almost no players would either. Maybe I'm wrong though.

 

The "locker room stuff" - the bickering behind the scenes, the inter-team bs - thats part of what makes DTS so great IMO.

Except when it’s completely fabricated. Lando and Sainz were never at odds at McLaren…. But DTS is an entertainment product, not a documentary. 

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On 1/14/2022 at 2:22 PM, woodriff said:

Funny you mention that. I got hooked on F1 watching DTS. Now I don’t miss a race ever. 

Also hooked BIG TIME.

High fashion has nothing on F1. 😂 
The jet setting, excess, celebs, vanity, beautiful locales, nepotism, helicopter parents.....makes for brilliant tv

 

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