Categorized | 2014, Gadgets, Lifestyle, March 2014

The Best Apps for Golfers

By: Dan Richards

The Best Apps for Golfers

There you are, mid-backswing, about to make a perfect strike on the ball when suddenly your concentration is broken with the piercing ring of your playing partner’s mobile phone…

Argh! After a stern look over to the perpetrator, you wonder what happened to one of the last remaining mobile-free zones, the golf course.

For many players, the golf course is a sacred ground where mobile phones should be left in the locker. However, that way of thinking may soon evolve with recent advancements in golf technology.

The challenge we as modern golfers face is finding the right balance of technology usage in our game from the newest clubs, to swing analyzers, GPS devices, mobile apps, range finders, live event broadcasts and everything in between. To help you find that inner balance and keep you updated on the latest technology we introduce you to our new monthly column, Golf Geek.

Whether or not you believe mobile phones belong on the golf course, we’ve prepared a list of our favourite golf apps for your mobile device that are certain to improve your game and entertain wherever you may be. Just remember to silence your phone before hitting the links and to not let your technology usage impact the experience of your fellow golfers.

Golf Shot: $29.99
A GPS device, stat tracker and handicap calculator all in one, the Golf Shot app is like having a personal caddy in your pocket. No technical skill is required to use this comprehensive app as distances are easy to read and stats are cleanly presented at the end of each round. Once downloaded, the app is ready to go with current scorecards, GPS targets and aerial views for more than 110+ courses throughout Indonesia. Additionally, unlike many GPS devices on the market, no annual subscription is needed.

mScorecard: Free
A stripped down version of Golf Shot, this app is for golfers on a budget seeking the functionality of a stat tracker, GPS distances, side bet calculator and handicapping all in one while not requiring an emphasis on design. If it were up to us, we’d splurge for the app with a better user interface.

V-One Digital Coaching System

V-One Digital Coaching System

V1 Golf: $4.99
An instant favourite of golfers looking to improve their game, the V1 Golf app captures your golf swing in full HD while allowing you to analyze it in a variety of ways to help identify swing flaws. Videos can be slowed down, marked up, and saved for later in a virtual locker. The best feature of the app is the ability to compare your swing with that of your favourite PGA professional side-by-side.

USGA Rules: Free
Ever wonder if the ball falling off the tee actually counts as a stroke? With the USGA Rules app you can easily look up and search for your answer. Hint: see Rule 11-3. Updated with the most current rules of play, this easy to navigate app is excellent for the golf purist who wants to play the game correctly or just keep their buddies in check.

The Masters Golf Tournament: Free
Just weeks away from the first major of the year, this app will get you fired up for the Masters like never before. With a comprehensive archive of Masters moments, live HD streaming, hole-byhole overviews, a live leader board and exclusive content, this app puts you in the gallery of Augusta National from 16,800km away.

Super Stickman Golf: Free
Next time you find yourself stuck in traffic and daydreaming of being on the course, try a few holes of Super Stickman Golf. The object of the game  is simple – beat par. With an array of sticky, ice and nitro balls to choose from, players are required to carry water hazards, bottomless pits and bunkers just like in real life.

Note: All apps are compatible with Android and iOS.

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