Masters pet peeve: Lanny the Commentary Guy
You can’t stop the rain. And you can’t help but give shots back around Amen Corner. And maybe you can’t even stop dopey phtographers clicking during your backswing.
But can someone please stop Lanny Wadkins? Perhaps no other announcer in the history of the game has begged for a headcover to be shoved into his yap more than Wadkins.
I haven’t been taking notes, I confess. So I cannot give a full account of all the irritating platitudes, truisms, and hollow chatter this man spews forth. But one series of comments sticks out in my mind. Yesterday at one point, a player hit one of the greens on the back nine about 25 feet left of the hole. At this point, Wadkins said, “That’s exactly where you want to be putting from.”
Um, no. Exactly where you want to be putting from is one inch from the cup. Or less.
Then, to drive home the vacuity of his commentary, as that player lined up the putt, Wadkins completely contradicted himself, saying, “This is a very hard putt to read from here.” What? You said it was the place you wanted to be!
If anyone can fill in the details as to the hole and the player to which I refer above, please do so. I was too irritated to find a pen and paper.
Likewise, every time Wadkins gushes, “That’s a perfect shot” about an approach that rolls six feet past the pin or trickles back away from the hole, I literally scream at the TV, “It is not perfect! Perfect is IN THE HOLE, you twit!” (I really do. Ask my wife.)
Aside from Lanny the Commentary Guy, what a great Masters, huh? I bet Tiger makes a late charge to get into a playoff with Phil. Of course, if I were writing the script, it would be Freddie Couples recapitulating history.
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Get rid of him, along Johnny Miller and (thank God Venturi) is gone. Put all three in the booth for four hours there would not be anything positive said...
Only way to get it done, write Hootie, not the general public who witnessed Lanny screw it up....
He isn't exactly an authority on golf. You can just tell he's reading off of a piece of paper. At one point he said,
"Let's see if Tiger can win his first major....[ten second delay, realises he's talking shit]....erm, when not coming from behind on the final day....[nice save, you moron]"
Get a clue, Gary.
What kills me are two things; one when someone hits a bad shot how they show what a bad swing it was, when if you framed it with video, you'll see only (if you can see anything) a different clubface position. And my second observation is how hard or critical these commentators are. Under PRESSURE the shots they hit are not as easy as they are day in and day out.
I'm glad I was THERE for two days
so I could experience the uneditorilized version!!!!
I know what Lanny the Commentary Guy *meant*, but it's not what he *said*. And when you're getting paid to do commentary, saying what you mean in a clear and pleasant manner is important.
That's hysterical! I wish I could have heard that guy myself.
Why have a "pretty good" guy covering the Masters when there are excellent guys out there?
This weekend he was calling poor shots "unforced errors"! Maybe he thinks it's basketball. Maybe the pros have started playing defense in golf. The only worse job I ever heard was Brent Mussmouth. And even he got better as he learned a little about the game.
You gotta love the irony of someone who can't spell grammar correcting Wadkins' linguistic prowess. LOL