A compelling TV visual at Doral involved Phil Mickelson and caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay discussing the risk of Lefty opting to hit a right-handed shot on No. 12, and also the club selection going into the 18th green, with a one-shot lead. Now, the PGA Tour is trying to check if such dialogues are worth broadcasting.
The tour will soon be working with NBC Sports to determine if it is worth putting microphones on some of the caddies at the Shell Houston Open. This will only be a test for the audio quality and whether the conversations are telecast- worthy.
Senior vice president (tournament administration for the tour), Andy Pazder, said:”Just like anything, we are striving to improve the telecast qualify.” However, there could be some logistical problems. “The dialogue (between Phil and Bones) at Doral is the type of stuff golf fans tell us that they want to hear more often,” said Pazder. The concern is not what actually comes out of a caddie’s mouth; there’s a time delay for TV, but perhaps the quality of the sound.
Currently, NBC Sports and CBS Sports use a boom mike, which network employees carry on the fairway. They at a time can get to one player.