If you type in “golf” in the Apple App Store you will get hundreds of results. Two things you may notice; First, there are a ton of golf games and second, everyone seems to come out with a swing instruction app…Except for the actual people I want to teach me how to swing correctly, like Hank Haney or Butch Harmon. Dave Stockton is a pretty well-known instructor and has a couple apps, but I have not downloaded them. There are quite a few others as well. And while I have definitely not tried them all, I have probably spent $30 or more trying out apps.
Here are a few of my favorites:
USGA Rules of Golf– While expensive for an iPhone app at $3.99, this app is a complete rule book on your phone. You can bookmark rules and has a “decisions” section which is pretty cool. I like discussing rules with people and have referred to this numerous times.
Golf Channel Mobile– I have not found a complete sports app which I absolutely love. Golf Channel Mobile is pretty good when it comes to just golf. It has complete news updates and the scores are updated pretty frequently. You can also view Golf Channel TV shows and search players. It’s a pretty complete golf app if you ask me.
PGATour.com App– Scoring, tournament schedule, player search and videos makes this app pretty good as well. It does has a few more features than Golf Channel Mobile, including Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour updates as well as the latest Fed Ex standings.
Performance Golf Stats– The “stat keeper” category is pretty large in the app store, there is a lot of competition. This app really is the best design I have found. It keeps all stats for you; fairway accuracy, GIR, scoring average, and many more. You can also enter each round you have played and which course. The simple design really is what stands out to me.
Golf Digest Hot List– This is the mobile version of the Golf Digest Hot List of equipment. Golf Digest is probably the leader when it comes to testing equipment, and puts together a great magazine each year which has been turned into this mobile version. I am curious to see when this app is going to update to 2011, or will I have to download another version.
iSwing Golf– This app is pretty cool. It seems to be pretty accurate. I have used this extensively on the range. You set up and record your swing. You then can compare it to swing plane lines and see if you are in the correct golf positions. So how has the app helped my golf game you ask…. Well I need a lot more help than just an app, but it’s helpful to see how god-awful your swing may be.
Three particular apps I would also like to mention are tournament apps. The Masters, U.S. Open and the Ryder Cup apps are also great to download if you are on the go and want to keep up with these tournaments. There are many GPS apps available in the app store. I have bought two but I just cannot seem to give up my rangefinder, and continue to use that instead of a handheld GPS unit.
Do you have a favorite golf app? Did I miss a good one? Let me know, I am always game for downloading a new app to waste time with.