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Rose says live mikes are thorny situation

Posted on: January 12, 2011 9:21 am
Edited on: January 12, 2011 3:40 pm
For those wondering why PGA Tour players have generally balked at the notion of wearing live microphones during the heat of battle, Justin Rose has authored perhaps the most lucid list of reasons to date.

There's an irony here somewhere.

Writing in first person for, Rose says he doesn't want his head clogged with any unnecessary thoughts while he is playing for his livelihood and doesn't want to put a governor on his mouth. Of course, the networks are hoping nobody self-edits themselves at all, which is the whole idea behind the push to mike players. To make an often sleep-inducing game more appealing to the masses.

Wrote Rose, a two-time winner last year on the PGA Tour and a former Ryder Cup player:

"I've worn a mike on the golf course before — at the Tavistock Cup," he wrote. "Physically, I was oblivious to it after the first hole, but the effects lasted the entire round. I try to feel as free as possible with my game, and I don't want to be too mindful and conservative while I'm on the course. When I'm having a conversation with my caddie, Mark (Fouch) Fulcher, or a playing partner, I don't want to feel self-conscious.

"If I'm in a frustrating situation, sometimes I need to vent. In the heat of battle I may walk up to find my ball in a divot after hitting a great shot and get upset. I'm generally comfortable with my attitude and how I handle myself, but in golf that's not going to happen every time.

"In the first round last week we were getting a ruling and it was taking a long time. When the guys behind us hit tee shots up the fairway, I felt as if they were getting a little too close and hassling us. Then, one of them was standing in my line of sight as I was putting, and I three-putted. I felt a little frustrated by a fellow competitor, who is a friend. I'm sure it wasn't intentional, but I expressed my annoyance to Fouch, which would come across badly on tape.

"There's also a lot that goes on that's considered intellectual property. It's a competitive disadvantage if players can listen in on other players' conversations. Each guy is different, but I like to talk strategy with Fouch. We'll have chats that help me stay in the moment, and there are things he'll remind me to do.

"Regarding course strategy, there might be a bunker shot that most guys play straight for the pin, but they don't realize that if they hit 20 feet up a ridge — a much easier shot — the ball will roll back to six feet. It's difficult to gain an edge, and I don't want to give up any that I have."

Category: Golf
Tags: microphones, rose

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2011 10:54 pm

Rose says live mikes are thorny situation

Please give me some more intelligent comments about sports you obviously don't enjoy, people like you hate and insult certain sports for what reason? No intelligent opinions or feedback, just simple minded comments with no other reason but to bash a sport just because you can't appreciate the nuances of these games

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2011 12:08 pm

Rose says live mikes are thorny situation

I agree with your baseball analogy and baseball is my favorite sport. I really dislike modern coverage.  Thank God Joe Morgan is gone, he had me turning off the sound...Local teams are what excite fans, not Yankees/Red Sox every weekend. Boring. I'd rather see regionalized broadcasts where I'm either watching my teams or the division rivals on the weekends, preferably broadcast by someone with a vested interest in one of the teams. Nothing against the John Rooneys, but I'd rather see the "pro" play by play guy assisted by a broadcaster that is affiliated with one of the teams playing. Just listening to two guys do dull analysis really kills the viewing IMO. If it's a three man team, use the "pro" play by play guy, but use a local guy from each team playing.  I enjoy the analytical stuff, but I want emotional involvement also.
As for golf, there's an issue with cookie cutter players. The PGA tour has turned into nothing more than a rolling ad for equipment companies. I still love watching it because I love the game but I sympathize with those that don't play. It would be boring as all get out. But for those that DO enjoy it, I want to see more players and learn about each ones strengths and weaknesses.  Just showing shots of the top three or four guys in the field is lazy direction IMO.

Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2011 4:42 pm

Rose says live mikes are thorny situation

If the idea is to "Make a sleep inducing game more appealing to the masses" why don't they "mike up" baseball players? Talk about a sleep inducing game, TV has reduced that game to four people, the pitcher, catcher, batter and umpire (and of course the masterres of the obvious, sportscasters) just about the only time I bother with that sport is when I need a nap, watch two innings, fall asleep for six and wake up and you usually miss NOTHING.  I won't even get into Hockey or Soccer...ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ


Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2011 10:27 am

Rose says live mikes are thorny situation

I dont have a problem with him not wanting to, can you imagine tiger miked up? You can hear him dropping colorful language on the tv most times let alone miked up. If they want they can mike me up and i'll go out there Artie Lange style. I love golf but my god its frustrating sometimes.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2011 10:05 am

Rose says live mikes are thorny situation

Completely agree with Rose on this..For an exhibition, fine. But for a tour money event, I wouldn't want to be miked up, either.
His points are valid. Golf is 80% mental and if you start worrying about editing your thoughts for what might get on the air, you're tempering your concentration level.  Also, golfers usually walk the course with their caddies before a tournament and pick up strategy that gives them a real or perceived edge over their opponents. If they talk on air about it, it could give an opponent a net gain that could cost a tournament.

You either enjoy golf on TV or not.  I like post shot analysis, especially with super slo mo replays to show proper or poorly executed technique. That's more interesting than a miked player.  I'm just relieved I don't have to watch Tiger replays every shot when he's 8 strokes back..

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2011 11:09 pm

Rose says live mikes are thorny situation

If the networks don't want players to self-edit what they say, are the networks willing to broadcast everything a player and caddy say, uncensored? It should work both ways.

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2011 10:21 pm

Rose says live mikes are thorny situation

I'd settle for miked players and no announcers. Now there's a good trade.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2011 9:53 am

Rose says like mikes are thorny situation

First of all the public doesn't need to know or doesn't want to hear you talking thru 18 holes, secondly if you should say something stupid with the mike on you will only regret it, if it's REALLY stupid you may regret it for the rest of your life, and lastly I really don't think that any situation you get into on the golf course deserves the description "in the heat of battle".  You make a putt and you get $1mil, you miss that putt and you only get half a mil, oh yeah that's a real battle there.  I think Lee Treveno said that years ago and it still stands as the truth.  Players don't need mikes, we the fans have enough trouble tuning out the announcers, we don't need more.

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