The network isn’t shy about technology or its desire to turn younger viewers on to golf. But coordinating producer Mark Loomis cautions that they can’t overdo gadgetry.

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UNIVERSITY PLACE — Fox Sports whiz Mark Loomis hunches over a laptop in his office trailer here, pulling up practice-footage shot by one of the gadgets his network will deploy in U.S. Open coverage.

As coordinating producer of Fox’s foray this week into golf majors, Emmy Award winning Loomis is leery of overusing the armada of technological bells and whistles at his disposal. The particular one he pulls up on screen is an “RC camera car” — literally a remote-control car that drives alongside golfers and caddies walking the Chambers Bay fairways.

“It gives the viewer the feeling that they’re out there walking the course,’’ Loomis says, nodding toward the test footage. “That’s something they’ve never been able to experience before.’’

Many expected a coverage shift when Fox signed a stunning 12-year deal with the USGA worth a reported $1.2 billion. The network isn’t shy about technology or its desire to turn younger viewers on to golf.

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But Loomis, who spent Monday finalizing plans after months of technology testing, says they will not  overdo gadgetry. In the end, it’s still about telling viewers a story.

“If we can capture the story of what happened here, then we’ll have done our job,’’ he says.

Part of that involves the RC camera car, which looks like a bigger, rudimentary version of a model a teenager might have in his driveway. The device is light enough to avoid damage to fairways as it cruises alongside golfers.

Aerial drones will pre-record fly-over footage, scenic shots and map holes to complement live action. Multiple “Tee Cams” in front of tee boxes will deliver head-on angles as golfers tee off.

But the fledgling broadcast duo of Joe Buck and Greg Norman will have the biggest storytelling role. Buck enters the office as Loomis pulls up more laptop footage, this of a “Hole Mic” microphone to be put in every hole to capture the sound of the ball dropping in, as well as golfer conversation.

“Now you’re giving away all our secrets,’’ Buck says to Loomis, laughing, as he stares at earlier test footage of the microphones.

Buck, a Super Bowl and World Series broadcast veteran, says he’s never spent a full year cramming together notes for one weekend of coverage as he has for this tournament.

He and Norman walked the course Monday, talking to golfers and observing approaches. Tucking into a paper-plate lunch of roast beef and salad in the trailer, Buck talks enthusiastically about what all the research will produce.

“This isn’t going to be life-changing for me,’’ Buck says. “It’s going to be fun and exciting. We’re going to be on too long to be nervous. I think the nervous times come when you worry about screwing up something major in a Super Bowl, when you’re on for only three hours and it’s hard to get it back.

“If we come on the air and we’re rough on Thursday, then Twitter will blow up and writers will write and all that stuff. But we’re back at it the next day and on Saturday.’’

Buck looks forward to letting more of his personality emerge on air by expanding on topics in ways baseball or football don’t allow.

“It’s hard to do that between Ball One and Strike Two,’’ he says.

But like Loomis overusing gadgets, Buck will avoid “overtalking” about factoids gathered. He says golf is “the fastest” of any broadcasting he’s done, and he’ll have to organize thoughts and make quick points as the cameras bounce from hole to hole.

Loomis says the camaraderie and chemistry of his crew have improved since their December debut at the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Florida. That should show during on-air conversations.

And when talk alone won’t suffice, there’s gadgetry.

Fox has a “Rangefinder” device in select locations, with a “Tower Cam” rig that can raise a camera 21 feet to see over ridges and mounds.

A “Shaded Green” system will use virtual shadows to highlight contours in the terrain during camera shots. Loomis figures that will help Thursday as the network tells its first big story — the one about the challenging Chambers Bay course itself.

“We’ll be out there seeing the lines people are taking off tees,’’ Loomis says. “We’ll get reactions to how it’s going to play.

“That’s really what everybody is buzzing about, and that’s really looking like a major story of this tournament. We’ll try to show it as best we can.’’