- Posted by Andy Hiseman
- On September 24, 2018
There is one extra ‘rookie’ at this year’s Ryder Cup – the Zen Green Stage!
We are excited to announce that the Zen Green Stage (www.zenoracle.com) will make its own Ryder Cup debut this week in the 42nd Ryder Cup matches at Le Golf National, in Paris, during Sky Sports Golf’s extensive coverage.
One Zen Green Stage will be the centrepiece of Sky Sports Golf’s live and interactive ‘Ryder Cup Zone’, based on the Practice Ground at the event, and one unit will be back in Sky’s London studios where it will be used in the evening shows to help analyse crucial putts and moments from the day’s play.
A third Zen Green Stage will also feature post-Ryder Cup during a series of televised masterclasses aimed to show How The 2018 Ryder Cup Was Won. These will be filmed at the Zen television studios in Sheffield, England, and will be presented by Zen Putting Mechanics experts Nick Middleton, Marcus Bell and Dr Matt Bridge.
And in a world exclusive for Sky TV, Zen will also give a debut to its brand-new ZenEye augmented reality technology in Sky Sports Golf’s London studios this week.
This week’s Sky Sports coverage featuring the Green Stage begins on Tuesday 25th September – three days before the first tee shot. Zen has worked with Sky Sports Golf producers to help create content around the subject of pressure putting and other key aspects of the bi-annual Ryder Cup matches.
Already in 2018, the Zen Green Stage has featured on location in live Sky Sports Golf broadcasts at The Masters, The Players, The U.S Open, The Open Championship and The FedExCup.
“We have been working intensively with the producers at Sky Sports Golf since spring 2017 to integrate the Zen Green Stage into their live coverage of the world’s biggest golf tournaments” said Zen founder Nick Middleton. “The 2018 Ryder Cup matches will represent our largest, most ambitious partnership yet with Sky Sports, with two Green Stages in use simultaneously in Paris and London, and a third set to feature in Sheffield shortly after the winner is known. It is without question the biggest moment yet in the short history of the Zen Green Stage, and we hope that this will be a platform – no pun intended! – for an even greater awareness around the world of the power, reliability and versatility of the Zen Green Stage both as a training aid, and as a stage on which some of golf’s biggest moments can be accurately reproduced.”
But alongside the science and technology, Middleton insists the most important factor is still the good old-fashioned human drama of the Ryder Cup.
“The Ryder Cup is always won with a single putt – and every two years, it is the most pressurised putt in all of golf” he said. “It may well be the single most significant moment of a golfer’s career, and it is fascinating to use a little science to look deeper into what is happening at that moment, both on the green itself and in the golfer’s mind. Using the Zen Green Stage, we will help Sky Sports to analyse that winning putt in ways never before seen on TV, and that’s incredibly exciting for all of us.”
See www.zenoracle.com for all details.
Contact the Zen Green Stage team this week on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)7971 403627.