The 2022 Masters website is peak web development on display
Here at Chrome Unboxed, we’ve never been shy about our love of the open web as a platform. After all, we all feel that ChromeOS and the Chromebooks that run it are primarily portals of this vast, powerful, and far-reaching ecosystem. Not linked to an app store, operating system, or manufacturer, the open web is capable of doing amazing things when it is in the hands of true masters.
Yesterday, when the 2022 Masters started, we were clearly looking for the best way to see the tournament here in the office. Initially there were Paramount Plus and ESPN + to choose from, but I went to masters.com just to get an idea of a few times when we decide where to look. Mostly, like many others, I just wanted to see the best way to see Tiger Woods return to the golf tournament on screen.
Masters.com is a masterpiece
What I wasn’t prepared for was the technical skill I was about to find on the site, and I was quickly stunned. Where I was hoping to get some details on the course, some ideas on where to see and some great content on the legendary 88-year-old golf event, Instead, I spent at least 30 minutes in surprise as I browsed through one of the most complete examples of web power in 2022.
We must first take a look at the design and the user experience. As soon as you load masters.com, you have a scrolling sorting table at the top that works with the touch input or, as you move the cursor, with arrows to enter the mouse. This is the fastest way to see where the leaders are on the long journey to the green jacket and is carefully attached to the top of the screen of all the internal pages of the site. The clean aesthetic of white, gray and green continues across the page as you come across all the live viewing options and a basic news / content channel. Simple, clean and elegant, like the revered golf course it represents.
Honestly, that would be enough for a website for a year-round golf tournament, but clean design is just the beginning, right here. The magic really happens in player profiles, live video channels, and feature tracking that are available on the site. We look at each piece quickly.
If you click on a player’s profile, either from the leaderboard above or from the menu, you’ll get a well-grouped view of their Masters history, a bit of him as a player, a good visual sample of their current weekend statistics, and any related media coverage they have had so far. These things are great, but you also get tons more in these profiles and this is where masters.com really starts to blow your mind.
At the top of each player’s profile is each live score video coverage and feature tracking of each player. This data is almost live and is not a mere reproduction machine. Instead, the video player cuts from one shot to the next in any hole you highlight on your scorecard. There’s a timer underneath that lets you quickly jump from shot to shot and see the whole hole played in seconds.
Then there is the 3D shooting tracker on the right. This view gives you a 3D look at the winery and represents each shot on the canvas for you to see. Any view can be zoomed in or viewed side by side for the ultimate statistics experience. The 3D viewer works with both mouse and touch navigation, allowing you to pan, zoom and rotate the map in every way imaginable. It’s so simple and so much fun to use on both your desktop and mobile that it feels completely native and really like an app.
Then, using the favorites feature (just click on the player name star), you can easily return to this page to see all the photos of your favorite players, regardless of whether or not they are considered worthy of being a major. broadcast options.
Finally, there is the main live video player that gives you the option to watch the main broadcast, a view of holes 4, 5 and 6, a look at the players on the training ground, Amen Corner, holes 15 and 16, function groups. or, most importantly, a custom channel called “My Group”. This is where much of the magic of this website comes into play. On this “My Group” channel, you only see the shots of all your favorite players, and you can basically watch a custom broadcast with the players you care most about.
Add to that the fact that the video player allows you to watch up to 4 screens at a time, along with the ability to choose any of these channels and deploy it to an image-to-image style player and now You have a basic master’s degree coverage facility at your disposal to keep up with almost any part of this tournament throughout the weekend.
Simply a master class in web technology
Of course, this is much more interesting to us because we love golf, but even if you don’t, there is no denying that the technology shown with masters.com is amazing. From site design to player profiles to live feeds and live 3D shooting tracking, I’ve never seen a covered sporting event in such a perfect way for its viewers. As a person attending the event, I am amazed at how much access I have and feel incredibly connected to the event and the players in a way I had never felt before. I may never be able to attend The Masters in person, but with this handling from a digital perspective, I am less bothered by this truth than ever. And it all happens on the open web. Just unreal.