There are thousands of different apps available on the market today for a wide range of different purposes. For golfers there are many hundreds of apps available that have the potential to be useful for them to have on their device. With that in mind, we look at the top ten types of app that every golfer should have on their iPhone or Android device.
1. Weather Forecaster & Windmeter
There’s nothing more frustrating than arranging a game of golf a few days in advance only for the weather to scupper any chance of playing. A good accurate weather forecasting app is therefore a wise option for the dedicated golfer and Weatherfor Golf (Free), Latest Golf Weather (£0.69), Golfer’s Weather Guide (Free) and Golf Weather (£2.49) are all worth a look.
If you are meticulous in your play, then you can even download a WindMeter app (£0.69) which will give you details of wind speed and direction when out on the course!
2. Scorecard app
A good scorecard app can replace the need for pen and a paper card when completing a round, however it must be quick and simple to use. Good examples of this include Free Golf GPS and Scorecard (Free), myGolfScore Lite (Free), Scorecard Golf (Free) and Golf Scorecard Free (Free).
3. Rules of Golf app
Has something happened out on the course where you are not sure of what the Rules of the game would state? Having the entire Rules of Golf to hand is a quick and easy way to resolve any confusion. Download the free and official Rules of Golf app from the R&A and you’ll have all the answers at your fingertips.
4. Golf GPS Rangefinder app
One of the most useful aspects of an iPhone or Android device is their GPS function, this allows certain apps to use the device as a rangefinder on course. There are several apps like this available covering many parts of the world but some of the best are; Mobitee Golf GPS Rangefinder Premium (£17.49), Golfshot Golf GPS (£13.99), SkyDroid Golf GPS (£1.49) nRange Golf GPS (free) and myCaddie Pro GPS Golf (free).
5. Golf Coaching app
One of the most pleasurable aspects of golf is that you never stop learning about the game and golf coaching apps are a handy way to review aspects of your play either quickly on course, or with a bit more time on the range. V1 Golf (£2.99), Everyday Golf Coach (£3.99), Ben Hogan 5 Lessons The Modern Fundamentals of Golf ($9.99) and Golf Genie Tee to Green Advisor Pro (£2.99) are all worth investigating to help correct faults in your game.
6. Putting Instruction app
Putting is a game within a game according to many top golfers and learning the subtle nuances of being a great putter can be frustrating and time consuming. Apps like Golf Putting Tips Free (Free), and Putting Routine (£1.99) can help you develop a better rhythm and style on the greens.
7. Swing Analyser app
Using the camera function to video record your golf swing on the range to compare it to an ‘ideal’ swing and diagnose any faults is growing increasingly common and there are many good apps available for you to use to help improve your natural swing. Tiger Woods My Swing (£2.99), Golf SwingPlane (£1.99) and SwingReader Pro (£1.99) are all worth a look.
8. Score Analyser app
If your last round of golf is simply a number on a piece of card, then you can help develop your game by analysing what those numbers mean. A good score analyser, used in conjunction with your scorecard app, will allow you to break down your round and see where your game is costing you shots. A great app to consider is scorePro Golf (£0.69).
9. Golf shop/equipment supplier app
Many companies now have their own free apps available for iPhone and Android devices, allowing you to keep up to date with any sales, new club releases, golf clothing offers etc. Ping and Titleist have their own apps available and apps like Direct Golf available in the UK keep you up to date with the latest offers from their many outlets.
10. Golf game(s)
When you can’t get out on the course then a decent golf game on your handheld can while away the hours. Some of the best include Super Stickman Golf (£0.69), Let’s Golf 3 (free) and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 (£0.69).
Images Courtesy of Ben Hogan Five Lessons Facebook Page, Super Stickman Golf Developers Page, Tiger Woods My Swing Developers page