American television network CBS Sports is to bring about a first in US golf broadcasting history, with 4D replays to be introduced at the PGA Championship at Bellerive, which starts on 9th August.
On the 15th tee of the course, a camera covering 270 degrees will be in place, allowing for 3D manipulation of the video. Producers will be able to focus on any part of the 270-degree camera footage, while they will also be able to slow down and pause the shots to provide their audience with a unique range of views of the players’ swings from a number of angles.
As well as the 4D replays, the CBS coverage will display Hawk-Eye green technology, which will also act as a putt predictor and give viewers a greater understanding of each green’s angles. There will be microphones in the holes, along with a rover camera out on the course.
Ken Aagaard, executive vice president of innovation and new technology at CBS, said: “The goal is not to do technology just for technology's sake. We want it to enhance the viewer experience and complement our knowledgeable talent.
“These are great tools that are used superbly by our production team. This means the viewers will see more and newer ways of telling our stories.”