Do you have an iPhone or iPad? Apple’s creations have revolutionised the mobile phone and tablet markets and each device has quickly become popular on the golf course thanks to a range of different apps that golfers of all abilities are using to help them develop and improve their game.

Searching through the App Store to find the best apps available can be time consuming given the wide variety of apps available, so listed below are ten of the best apps for golfers of all abilities all currently available from i-Tunes store (stated prices correct as of 1st September 2011).

1. Swing by Swing: Free Golf GPS Range Finder (Free)

With over 21,500 courses in the system, more to download from the website, there is now no need to spend $300 – £500 on a GPS rangefinder when your iPhone can do it for you using this free app. Not only does Swing by Swing provide information on distance, the course (including satellite photography) but you can also use it as a scorecard and (if you pay for a subscription) as a club tracker, to keep track of the real distances you hit each club in your bag.

(Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, requires iOS 3.0 or later)

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2. Golfplan with Paul Azinger (Free)

Who would not want the expert advice of a 29-year PGA Tour Pro and victorious Ryder Cup Captain to hand on a golf course? The Golfplan app provides just that with a series of instructional videos featuring the famous PGA pro star, which offer advice, tips and demonstrations on how to improve all aspects of your game from tee to green.

(Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, requires iOS 3.1 or later)


3. Rules of Golf (Free)

How many times have you been stood over a shot wondering if you can have relief from an obstacle in front of you? Having the official rules app from the Royal and Ancient is the perfect and quickest way to settle any confusion on the course over a ruling. You can even brush up on your golf knowledge with a quick quiz.

(Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, requires iOS 3.1.3 or later)

4. Golf Etiquette (Free)

If you are relatively new to the world of golf, or a youngster starting the game then learning the game is one thing, learning the rules is another but learning the critical rules of golfing etiquette are of equal importance. For many golfers, the correct protocol around the greens, tees and fairways and while playing is as important to them as their clubs and scoring. Learn how to play golf the polite way with this handy and completely free app.

(Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, requires iOS 4.0 or later)

5. Golf Genie Tee to Green Advisor Pro ($2.99, €2.39, £1.99)

If you are looking for an app that provides handy solutions to common golf swing faults, quick reference to rules while in play, a recap of the fundamental of golf from tee to green and the adjustments a player needs to make to correct mistakes in their swing clearly demonstrated, the Golf Genie is the perfect app for us either on the course, or off it.

(Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, requires iOS 4.2 or later)

6. Golf SwingPlane HD (€2.39, £2.99)

This app has been featured in USA Today and Golf Monthly magazines and is a cheap and easy way for golfers to analyse their swing pattern. Using the built in camera of your chosen device, the app allows you to take recordings of your swing, compare them with other golfers swings, add lines and angles to the footage for careful analysis of your swing.

(Compatible with iPad, requires iOS 4.0 or later)

7.OhMyGolf HD ($29.99, €23.99 £20.99)

For almost £21, you would expect this app to offer a lot more than the free offerings and it does. Using a 3G enabled iPhone or iPad, you get fantastic accuracy on shot length, distance and the ability to track these as you play. Scores for up to four players can be stored and every shot you play can be stored to be analysed at a later date. With over 25,000 courses and a promise to add any course you ask for within 2 days, OhMyGolf is a serious golf app.

(Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, requires iOS 4.0 or later)

8. myCaddie Pro GPS Golf Range Finder (Free)

Not only is myCaddie a perfect tool for keeping track of your round statistics, yardages, scores and hole previewing, but if you have an iPad or iPhone with 3G, the app also turns into a superb yardage finder. With thousands of courses available and hundreds of new courses every week, you can use the app to track your performance, giving reliable up-to-the-minute data on your game.

(Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, requires iOS 3.0 or later)

9. Golf Fitness ($0.99, €0.79, £0.69)

Becoming physically fit for golf is now seen as a must for professional players and this handy app allows you to watch and plan a fitness program that is specifically designed to help strengthen and improve the endurance of key muscle groups that are used in golf.

(Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, requires iOS 3.2 or later)

10. Everyday Golf Coach HD ($6.99, €5,49, £3.99)

Are there times when you are on the course facing a tricky shot when you wish you had some sage advice of a top PGA coach available to you? Well with this app, you can. 32 high quality videos provide the user with clear, workable instructions on all aspects of their game and with excellent peer reviews from satisfied users, this is one golf coaching app that seems to be hitting the middle of the fairway time after time.

(Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, requires iOS 3.1 or later)


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Golfreisen Schweden September 12, 2011

You forgot the V1 App, best tool for analyzing swings.


Tommy Priest September 14, 2011

We will take a look. Thanks. There are quite a few out there!


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Southwest Greens June 6, 2012

thank you for sharing all this. I have just started taking up the game of golf and i like it more then i thought i would. thanks for sharing this.


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Tommy Priest July 11, 2012

Great – we will make Golf Apps a regular feature


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JCap August 8, 2012

I recently installed Pocket Caddy for my iPhone and it has really improved my game. It is very easy to use and automatically calculates where you should aim based on wind speed/direction and changes in elevation. It is really amazingly accurate. I think it is well worth the price and strongly recommend Pocket Caddy.


Panupan Sriautharawong August 25, 2012

Hello, I just wrote a iPad app called Live Video Delay. It plays back video on an adjustable delay. Check it out if you get a chance :). I think it will really improve peoples scores.


Tommy Priest September 27, 2012

We will! Thank you for your comment.


Billy January 7, 2013

I recently tried pocket caddy for the iPhone and it is great. It is a lot cheaper and accounts for wind speed and elevation change.


Tommy Priest January 13, 2013

Thanks for your input.


JA Moran March 15, 2013

Have you considered the apps beyond the iTunes store that come with an external gadget? Such as swing analyzers from 3 Bays GSA Pro, or SwingTip, or Swingbyte? I have a 3 Bays GSA Pro myself and I’m happy with it but still curious what everyone else thinks which is the best despite the price. TNX


Tommy Priest March 20, 2013

I will ask our specialist to get back to you on this.


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