When thinking of sports that would go headlong into producing virtual reality videos, golf would probably not even be on your top 10 list. But that’s exactly what the PGA Tour has done as they have released their first ever VR videos on the Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus. They enlisted the assistance of IM360, a company that specializes in this sort of thing. Golf fans, and probably those who are wondering what makes the sport so fascinating to people, will have a kick (or a putt) out of these videos.
But of course you’d need to have a Samsung Gear VR to enjoy these four videos, and Samsung has indicated that this is the year that they’ll be pushing VR to its consumers. This is a good chance to reach a certain audience who would love to go behind the scenes at a golf tournament. The four videos were actually shot over two days at the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.
Two of the videos are sort of instructional videos with two PGA Tour players, Patrick Rodgers and Peter Malnati, as they bring you to the practice area and give you one-on-one training. It might be the second best thing to having an actual personal instructor with you on the green. The third video will bring you to the famous 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale with Rickie Fowler. Lastly, if you’re interested in knowing and seeing what goes behind the scenes of a PGA Tour Live broadcast, then you’ll probably love the fourth video.
The PGA Tour plans to release more VR videos in the future. If you have a Samsung Gear VR and want to try them out now, you can go to the Oculus Store and download them. There are also two sample videos below without the VR equipment.
SOURCE: PGA Tour