In January this year, GolfLogix officially became the world’s leading Golf App after it hit the 2 million active member mark. Since it was first released in 2009, the app has been one of the most consistently popular downloads with golfers across many countries for a wide variety of reasons.
In this article, we’ll examine a little about the app, the features it provides and whether it justifies the title of being the world’s most popular golf app.
At the heart of GolfLogix is its GPS technology. By using your smartphone as a tracking device, the intelligent GPS tracking software uses signals from orbiting satellites to pinpoint your position on a course. It then uses its huge database (reputed to be the largest golf course database in the world) to assess your position on the course, what hole you are on and how far you are away from the green (or hazards).
While the primary function of GolfLogix is as a GPS and there are many people who use it solely for that function, what really makes the software appeal to golfers is the myriad of other features that use the data provided by the GPS and by the golfer, to allow the software to build up a detailed picture of a golfer’s playing abilities (and fallibilities!) over time.
A good example of this is the “Club Tracking” feature, which allows you during a round to select the club you are playing and where you are hitting the shot from, then when you walk to the ball after playing your shot, the GPS will measure the distance of the shot and save the data for that club once you have confirmed you are standing next to your ball. You can do this for all the clubs in your bag as well as for different types of shot (pitch shots, punch shots etc).
Another great feature is the Stats and Score Tracker, which allows golfers to input not just their score on each hole, but the number of putts made, whether the fairway was hit in regulation (even which side of the fairway they missed on), whether the green was hit in regulation as well as information about playing from hazards and lastly the number of putts taken on each green.
As an all-in-one package, GolfLogix is certainly packed with features, but any true test of a golf app such as this is when it is used out on the course. So how did GolfLogix perform?
The first thing to note here is that to review the app, I used two different handsets my own BlackBerry handset and my friend’s posh new iPhone and the first thing to note here is that to really maximise the features of the app, then a touch screen phone certainly speeds up the process of keeping track of your stats considerably.
On the BlackBerry, without a touch screen, it was time-consuming to have to navigate to each different button individually using the tracker. On the touchscreen however, it was so much easier and quicker to use all aspects of the software and as such, unless you have the patience and dexterity to use a non-touchscreen smartphone with the software, I would sorely recommend that to get the best use out of the app, a touchscreen phone is a must.
With that small caveat in place, I have to say that I was hugely impressed with the software out on course. The GPS function, once the satellites had been located, was surprisingly accurate, usually to within three or four feet. Keeping track of the scores and club data was very easy and relatively quick and gave us something to do while we were waiting to play on the next hole.
The preview of the holes, even though we played on familiar courses, was a nice touch and especially useful if you are not familiar with the course you are playing on. The sheer number of courses offered within the software is hugely impressive too with over 32,000 courses available worldwide and I was delighted to see all of the courses I play locally featured and available for me to download and use.
- Outstanding GPS system and a vast number of courses available from around the globe.
- Available completely free of charge (though if you want to upgrade to the Champions edition which has additional features, it is $19.95 a year subscription)
- Easy to use on a touch screen smartphone
- The wealth of data generated is a huge eye-opener especially for beginner golfers who tend to over/under estimate the yardages they hit with their clubs. I felt that even towards the end of a round, I was selecting my clubs better based on the data that GolfLogix was providing me with.
- Fabulous web support for the app including lots of videos explaining all the features of the software and an online forum for all of its 2 million+ members.
- Graphics are clear and concise.
- Vast number of handsets supported for Android and Apple handsets.
- Far more difficult to navigate while on course on a non-touchscreen phone. Made keeping score and tracking club data a real chore, rather than something quick and easy.
- With so many features packed into the free version of the app, I am unsure whether the $19.95 a year subscription is really necessary.
- Smaller screened smartphones may struggle to identify all the key details on some of the hole previews. Not ideal if you are short-sighted.
These minor negative points aside, this really is a fantastic app and all the more amazing is that it is available with all the key features for free. The Champions edition does give you more features, probably more use to low-handicappers who really want to fine-tune their game, but for the mid-high handicapper or infrequent player, this app can really help improve your all round game.
It is certainly an app I will be continuing with out on the course, though only using it through my friend’s iPhone, until I upgrade my handset that is!
Overall Score 9.5/10
Images and Video courtesy of GolfLogix