This is for the technology Philistines in the crowd, of which I am one. I had a good 27 inch television that I bought in 1999, so why would I buy a new set until after that one broke? My wife and I have been dancing around a new flat screen TV since early last year, but never felt we could justify the expense. Then, last Friday, after 9 holes of golf we stopped at the 19th hole for a cold beer. We were admiring a 42 inch HDTV when the bartender told us he bought it for less than $800.
With that in mind, we headed for a retailer to check out the offerings, hoping once again to find a deal too good to pass up. Well, this time we did find it and by Friday night we had our new TV operational.
Saturday was my first real experience watching golf on a large high definition screen and I couldn’t believe how great it was. The camera setups make you feel like you’re really there with the best seat in the house. For the first time I could actually see the contours of the greens for a real appreciation of just how tough they are at Augusta. You also get great three dimensional perspective of the holes. For instance, from the camera at the 18th tee you get a wonderful appreciation for how narrow the driving corridor is for the first 100 yards.
I know it’s hard to part with money in these tough economic times, but, if you can afford it, do yourself a favor and get a good HDTV. For the best viewing get a system with 1080p resolution and 120 hz screen refresh rate. (Make sure you have a hi-def feed to your house and get a high speed HDMI cable if your linking component supports it.) You’ll see golf like you’ve never seen it before. I just now happened to catch an inning of the Red Sox/Angels game as a reward for getting most of my taxes done. It’s like having the best seat in the house for every play!