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  2. I think the main danger of a 'strike' is on light aircraft and micro-lights.
  3. It is rumoured that BT Sport may bid for The Masters.
  4. The only problem for the BBC will be the expense for them to add innovation for only a couple of tournaments.
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  8. I would hope that serious users like Shiels and 4golfonline have been on the CAA courses but who knows. The sad truth is there will be a drone strike on an aircraft in the next two years, maybe less. This is based on the number of near misses in the last 24 months. Until the CAA do something about it, near misses will continue until there is a hit. When the drone hits, chances are it'll miss the engines and most likely take out a leading edge or radardome. If one does get ingested by an engine, modern turbofans will mange to push it to the bypass and it'll miss the core. Best case it'll only nick a few blades. Worst case, some blades will detach, the engine will be out of balance and need to shut down. A bit of an annoyance but the plane will make it down safely. (Actually worst case it'll make it to the core, take out a compressor and that'll penetrate the wing and a fuel leak but that's lottery odds.) It's a risk planes don't need so don't take them into controlled airspace and remain VFR. But in the meantime, I think they're a brilliant invention and I love seeing the footage on YouTube.
  9. Evening all, long time lurker first time poster! We talked about this on the podcast, for me this is last chance saloon for the BBC. I was a big supporter of The Open on the BBC until I reached an epiphany circa 2015. For the first two days of The Open at St Andrews I was in America and watched it on ESPN and NBC I think but don't quote me on that. Here's what's crazy, ESPN (I think) didn't have the rights to show the golf for the first two days but they still did Live From The Open coverage, the wonderful Frank Nobilo discussing golfy things, brilliant preview shows. Meanwhile on the other channel they showed live coverage and they'd Shot Tracked the heck out of the Old Course. Phil hitting the hotel balcony on 17 with a beautiful tracer. I flew back to the UK on the Saturday, thankfully most of the golf had been cancelled that day ;-) I then watched the golf on the BBC and it was amateur hour. Alliss, who I've admired for a long time, seemed stale. Brown floating ducks down the Swilken. Pithy remarks don't keep the audience anymore. Fast forward to last weekend. Sky Shot Centre, Rickie Fowler playing - and talking- every shot on demand, Jon Rahm doing Seve 4 irons from the bunker, and my favourite, Shot Tracer with map overlay (a Fox innovation). This is the standard for golf broadcasting (incidentally a rival American podcast agrees). So this is the standard for the BBC to meet. No Lineker interviewing. No Inverdale (the charmed one). Eilidh Barbour gave a good account of herself, get Andrew Cotter as main commentator, Brown, Alliss to chip in and a decent ex-player (Rich Beem incidentally is a revelation.) Pro Trace it, the works. No ducks. BBC this is your last chance.
  10. Still not convinced about the dangers of aircraft being hit by drones, especially the engines. How much does one weigh? Maybe some of the heavier ones will be quite a weight, but your average leisure version? I know for a fact that an engine can ingest a 2 kg duckling travelling at Mach 0.9 and still keep going so I can't imagine a kilo of plastic doing a huge amount of damage....
  11. Me too. A friend You see going to the pub usually involves coming back drunk, whereas a game of golf can take hours. Apparently. Reminds me of a joke about a man who was having an affair, used to spend the afternoon in bed with his mistress and then cover his golf shoes in grass. When his wife asked what he'd be doing all day he said that he been in bed with his mistress, but she took one look at his golf shoes and said 'liar, you've been playing golf...'
  12. no, just doing NZ as when it was announced i was sorting out my family summer holiday so that took priority.
  13. Hello guys & girls, im new to the game and only ever get to play at work once in a blue moon I'd like to start playing more regularly is anyone looking to for a golf partner in the Hampshire area? I'm in portsmouth but happy to drive elsewhere, cheers
  14. Hello fella, I'm new to the game but I'm really enjoying it however like you one of my friends play I'd be happy to meet up for a game I'm based in portsmouth but would happily drive up to Andover on a weekend.
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  16. Unfortunately I do know of a true story very similar to this
  17. watching a quiz show earlier, and the question was.... which excuse is most widely used for men who are cheating on their partners? the team debated the question and thought the answer was working late, the top two actual reasons were.... going to the pub in second and playing golf which topped the list So, I have been banned by the wife.
  18. there has already been near misses reported, Anyway, more importantly How are Amazon going to deliver my new king size bed with their drone delivery service,
  19. Can I guess who with? Are you not doing Sunningdale on Thursday?
  20. Am hoping to get out on Friday at Stratford Park (was Ingon), not been out at all this week, grim weather and work got in the way
  21. It will take a near miss, or in ingestion to cause a clamp down I think.
  22. Back to my old course this weekend, Roundhay Golf Club in Leeds were I started playing as a 13yr old in 1969. It's a Memorial Day for one of the great servants of the Club and the old juniors are coming from all over the place to play.
  23. A full week off and ready for GOLF :-) Where we at this week / weekend ???? Got a pairs event early Satruday @ Druids Heath (Walsall) and then Sunday to Fulford Heath (Wythall, Birmingham) for a singles medal Quick Practice session today @ The forest of Arden dust down the bats, goals nice to shoot in the 70s again :-) Hopefully a little softer after the rain over night, no rock hard bounces :-)
  24. 7 one putts at Melton on the front nine #vibes :-)
  25. played lots of golf, or rather did a lot of walking. really struggling atm, i'll work through it and hopefully put a decent round together next weekend
  26. A further few thoughts here as well >>
  27. I am more than happy that BBC have the rights, I just hope like I've said that the coverage is plentiful with presenters, interviewers and in course reporters that know hat they are doing, saying, asking etc. There are plenty of knowledgeable ex and even current golfers out there to give an invaluable insight to the proceedings. Really hope BBC don't go all cheap on the coverage.....
  28. Nobody do any good this weekend? very quiet
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