Let me say I generally like the NBC golf announcing crew. Johnny Miller is black or white. You like him or you don't. I like him and my only gripe is when he dips into in depth swing analysis from the booth which is probably a quarter mile away from the swing he's dissecting. Roger Maltbie has nice presence and a pro golf background. Bob Murphy is akin to listening to golf stories from your favorite uncle. Dottie Pepper is a well informed reporter with great on-the-ground insight. Gary Koch is a warm personality with an obvious insider knowledge of the pro game.
There, that all said, I finally realized while watching the Shell Houston Open today what that nagging "something " was that's unique to an NBC golf broadcast. Perhaps I could demonstrate better than explain the nuance. Here's an Average Golfer rendition of the usual banter between the announcing crew.....
JM: "That looks like an uphill/downhill double breaker, huh Rog?"
RM: "Yes Johnny, that's exactly what is is."
JM: "Can you see how his lie is from where you are Dottie?"
DP: "Yes Johnny, and it's not any prettier from down here."
JM: "Hey Gary, is it as windy down there as it is up here?"
GK: "Oh yeah Johnny, maybe even windier."
JM: "Bob, is that Bermuda grass giving them any problems?"
BM: "All except the Bermudans in the field Johnny."
JM: "Hey Rog, is Dottie still with us?"
RM: "Hey Dottie, are you still with us?"
DP: "Of course, that Golf Channel promo only took about 5 minutes Rog, and Johnny."
JM: "Hey Rog, Dottie, Gary, and Bob, same place for dinner?"
RM, DP, BM, GK (in unison), "Yeah Johnny, but this time don't tell Hicks."
Dan Hicks: "Hey Johnny, Rog, Dottie, Bob, and Gary, Did I hear my name?"