Originally Posted by Aravanecaravan
Yeah, my buddy who goes to golf tournies told me you can't take pics at PGA/LPGA events and I couldn't believe it. It's the same rationale--"interference" with the swing, but at a tennis tournament you can hear the machine gun like shutter click in any match where there's a top player or "glamour" babe playing. Makes no sense why there's a distinction, to be honest. I hope we don't get a ban on picture taking at tennis events eventually.
In my opinion it makes complete sense. The nature of both sports are completely different. In a game of golf, on say, a par 4 hole...you would ideally play 3 or 4 shots to end the hole. That's 3 or 4 single
golf shots on just one hole.
In a game of tennis, you might hit 3 or 4 shots say in one single rally
. That's just one point.
One point is very very very different to one entire hole in the context of the sport of golf.
Interference in golf will always have a much more prominent effect. An interference that triggers a bad tee shot for a professional golfer could be the difference between winning and losing a tournament, especially seeing as though scorelines with winners winning in multiple play-off ties are somewhat frequent.
If a tennis player loses a rally because of a flash or auditory distraction...the umpire makes a recommendation and play continues. Like I said earlier in the thread, the distraction would have to happen on a VITAL point of play to even warrant comparison with distractions in golf.
I do not at all accept that distractions in golf and tennis are synonymous at all. A simple understanding of the nature of the scoring system of golf at such an elite level would suggest that.