Golf Technology: The 5 Worst Golf Apps for iPhone and iPad

Your new smartphone may be your shiny new toy, but once you have finished playing Angry Birds and decided to use your powerful new gadget to help you on the golf course, you will be confronted by a plentiful choice of different golf apps, all designed to help you develop one or more aspects of your game.

Of course, some of these apps are very useful and last week’s article on Gorilla Golf Blog showed you ten such golf apps, but occasionally there are apps out there that the moment you download and pay for them, you instantly regret doing so. Here’s our list of five worst golf apps to avoid for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and precisely why they should be left well alone, in the words of those who have downloaded and reviewed the products on iTunes store.

 

Lost golf ball

1. ViewTi Golf 2010 ($29.99, £20.99)

Look at the price! I mean, just look at it! For that you don’t get Lee Westwood accompanying you on the course and giving you guidance, you don’t hit the ball as far as Bubba Watson and nor does the app imbue you with the around-the-green skills of Phil Mickelson. What you get instead, for the ridiculous price of just under $30, is an app which frequently fails to work at all, crashes a lot of the time when it does, has poor to non-existent coverage. In short, you would not accept such problems in a free app, let alone one costing almost $30. There are much better apps available free of charge. Here’s just a selection of review quotations:

“For my (mapped) course I can see a fairway view of the 1[st] hole [and] the 17th. All other holes give me a black screen…[Technical] support seems to be non-existent too”

“Great idea – app I downloaded for £18 worked twice and then failed to load… No support, no refund, no explanation.”

“Avoid this like the plague, second rate app with problems galore and when you try and contact Viewti support, it does not appear to exist.”

 

ViewTi-Golf-2010- golf apps

2. Golf RAnGE Pro ($1.99, £1.49)

You know a golf app has to be bad when you will begrudge paying £1.49 for it, so Golf RAnGE Pro (we assume they highlighted the R-A-G and E in the second word because that is the mood you will be in when you realise what you have downloaded). The app sounds very much like it is something that will be useful on the driving range, recording data of drives and shots with different clubs perhaps, or providing an analysis and feedback on your swing and stance. No such luck; Golf RAnGE Pro is actually a game where you play the role of ball collector on a virtual range in your own virtual golf cart. Who would actually want to play this? Not many people judging by the rating given the game, perhaps because some people find the game doesn’t work after purchasing.

“ This app does not load after purchase. Not even the free version will work! Stay away from this supplier of apps and save yourself money!”

 

3. Golf Tour Like A Tour Pro ($4.99, £2.99)

An example of an app that has great potential and decent content, but is just impractical to use as directed in the advertising blurb. The premise of this app is that it is a series of videos and instructions designed for the amateur golfer to learn how pro’s play the game. A simple premise and a decent idea, but the very notion that this is an app you can take onto the golf course and when faced with a shot, skim through to find a video to tell you how to play it, is just a nonsense. If you did that on each tricky shot you faced, the group behind you would be racing up to attack you with nine-irons after three holes due to slow play. There are also qualms about the quality of the instruction and videos provided from users too.

“Take away the videos, which you are unlikely to use on the course and you are left with a wordy, amateurish application that is only to be of use to an absolute beginner. Cumbersome and overpriced.”

“The details of explanations is very low and the videos are terrible. Most videos don’t even show the ball during the shot but instead some mid-body shot which isn’t very useful.”

 

Golf-like-a-tour-pro app

4. Golf Ball Finder ($0.99, £0.69)

At first, the premise of this app seems ingenious. Using your gadget’s camera, this app filters out the greens, browns and blacks and outlines where your ball (or others lost balls) lie. It promises to save you lots of money on buying replacement balls and seems almost something out of the Star Trek age. For just $0.99, you can’t go wrong it seems. Well, you can specifically because it doesn’t really work. Not only will the golf ball finder find golf balls, it also finds candy wrappers, discarded cans, rubbish, light coloured flowers and plenty of other white detritus that makes up a typical golf course rough.

“This is the worst app I‘ve ever bought, it’s horrible, don’t waste money, please.”

“Don’t waste your money, [your] eyes are better than this app.”

“Can’t even see the ball on my carpet, never mind in long grass. Tried it in a bush with 1/3 of the ball visible and [it] didn’t see it. Can see it better with my eyes.”

 

5. Dave Stockton’s Putting Instruction ($3.99, £2.49)

Dave Stockton is a putting guru, who is sought out by even the greatest PGA professionals for advice on the greens. The temptation to have his knowledge to hand, for just $3.99 seems a great deal. For that price however, you get six very short videos lacking in any great detail, a URL link to a website that only works on the Safari browser and a constant reminder that there are several other videos by this company all offering similar instruction at the same price. As far as putting apps go, this one is well short of the cup.

“Rip off. Only 6 short video clips. I am sure Stockton is brilliant but this is poor value. Don’t buy it.”

“Great coach but the app is a let down. 6 very short clips with not much detail. Once you see the videos, that’s it; it is just taking up space. If you buy all the [Dave Stockton] apps you’d be disappointed by how much you’ve spent…1 star could do better.”

 

Dave Stockton's Putting Instruction app

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Bob Watts September 20, 2011

You missed the point on Golf Like a Tour Pro. The main use on the course is the set up screen which tells you what to do, how to stand, where to aim, what club to use, not the video. This is the most difficult part for an amateur. It takes about 3 seconds to look at it. Does not slow down play. Guess you did not really try it.

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Tommy Priest September 26, 2011

Hi Bob. We certainly did look at it closely but I’ll ask the team to take another look.

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Oliver October 13, 2011

You know a golf app has to be bad when you will begrudge paying £1.49 for it, so Golf RAnGE Pro (we assume they highlighted the R-A-G and E in the second word because that is the mood you will be in when you realise what you have downloaded). The app sounds very much like it is something that will be useful on the driving range, recording data of drives and shots with different clubs perhaps, or providing an analysis and feedback on your swing and stance. No such luck; Golf RAnGE Pro is actually a game where you play the role of ball collector on a virtual range in your own virtual golf cart. Who would actually want to play this? Not many people judging by the rating given the game, perhaps because some people find the game doesn’t work after purchasing.
+1

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Tommy Priest October 22, 2011

Thanks for the warning!

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