iPhone Golf App Review: Stixlink – An Innovative Way to Play against Friends

As you know, we are always on the lookout for the best golf apps for iPhone or Android and 2013 has got off to a great start in that respect when we were made aware of this handy little piece of software. It’s called Stixlink  and it is one of the most innovative ways to play with friends that we’ve come across.

With it, you can organise tournaments across the globe with different players and different courses, all using one tried and trusted scoring method all by using the app on your iPhone (Android version coming shortly!)

What is Stixlink?

Stixlink is an app (downloadable here from the App store) which allows users to set up ‘virtual’ golf tournaments across the globe on a variety of courses by using a combination of their scores on the course, the course slope and tee rating and the golfers handicap (which is continually updated based on the scores they enter into the app).  This then gives a player their relative handicap for this course (which is called in the app a ‘quota’).

The app then uses the “Chicago” method (European users may be more familiar with this as the ‘Stableford’ method) of scoring, where points are awarded to the golfer for how well or poorly they score on each hole when allied to their quota.

After each round, all golfers who have entered the competition (you can invite any other golfer using the app) have their score worked out using all of the factors above. Scores are then ranked on a leaderboard to show which golfer performed best on their respective course.

In essence that is the software in a nutshell, users can invite as many or as few of their friends as they like to participate in their tournaments, or just to compare scores. Indeed, you don’t even need to be friends – you can invite any user of the app to enter your tournament and play with hundreds of people from all over the world.

What we like about Stixlink

There are several features about Stixlink that we like. Firstly, it’s completely free to download and user but more importantly than that, this is an app which has the ability to turn even the simplest ‘practice round’ into something more meaningful.

The ability to set up virtual tournaments with people from all across the globe under one unified scoring system that is as fair as anything we have seen in the past, is truly impressive. While we think the app will be most used by friends or family members that are separated by distance, but who enjoy playing together, there is real scope for this app to be used by golfers across the globe to compete against each other in virtual tournaments.

However, what we really like is the ease of use. This software had the potential to be problematic and confusing to use and instead, it is very simple to follow and understand, chiefly thanks to the automation of all the key figures.

Once you have input the data of the course you are playing on (so if you play your club course every week, you’ll only need to enter it once) all that you need to do for every subsequent round is enter your score. Not only does Stixlink work out your quota, it works out your final score in the competition and better still, what your future handicap will be when playing on any other course data.

It is this flexibility of Stixlink for keeping record of you and your friends scores and the ease of use as well as the tournament options which makes it a very welcome addition to your collection of iPhone apps.

Downsides?

The only negative we found when using the app was obtaining some of the data. While many courses across the US and the world may have their Course Slope and Tee Rating figures to hand, here in the UK for example, slope rating is not used and so, golfers in the UK may need to work out what their course ‘slope rating’ would be, if it was not available.

Conclusion

We believe that Stixlink golf has real potential to become a useful tool for the golfer for a variety of reasons. Not only does the app allow you to set up virtual tournaments, it has a powerful tool for keeping track of your own handicap and to compare how you are doing across a number of courses.

The apps target demographic initially is college students but we can see this app becoming increasingly popular with older, more established golfers who enjoy virtually competing against other golfers from all over the world.

Great iPhone golf apps are ones that promise something but deliver more and in these terms, we feel that Stixlink golf certainly qualifies and best of all, it is completely free of charge to use.

Screenshots courtesy of Stixlink Golf app web page.

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Scott Messner January 21, 2013

Very interesting concept. I’m definite going to check Stixlink out.

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Tommy Priest February 2, 2013

Let us know your thoughts.

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