Everything has gone mobile. We’ve got mobile phones, mobile cat videos, mobile beer directories, mobile home surveillance. And now even golf has gone mobile.
Golf apps have been around for a while now. And it’s really about time you get in the game with some technology.
You really don’t have to be a technophile anymore to know how to use mobile technology to better you life. Everything is user-friendly now and it’s easy to improve your game now that technology has your back.
In the next few paragraphs, we’re going to tell you about the apps that golfers are already using today. Let’s take a look.
1. Top Golf Apps: The Grint
This is probably one of the most popular apps on the market today. It launched in 2014 and it already has over 100,000 users.
There are so many awful GPS enabled golf apps out there that finding one that works can be a pain. And when you’re out on the course and planning your approach, having a GPS to accurately tell you the lay of the land is important. And when that fails, it could ruin your day.
But The Grint probably has the easiest and most accurate GPS feature in a Golf App we’ve seen to date. And the fact that it pairs with Google Maps to show you a real fly-over image of the course you’re playing on is a major plus in our book. Get The Grint!
There are two versions of this handy golf app. Classic and Plus Scorecard and Tee Times Edition.
The biggest upside to going with the slightly more expensive “Plus” version. Is that it pairs with your AppleWatch.
It features a database of about 40,000 courses or more and never charges for updates.
You can track virtually anything in your golf game with this and then see graphs of your accomplishments.
The GPS is fairly spot on. But not as amazing as The Grint. It still features ariel view modes that are zoomable and touch targeting for distance hits.
This app is comparable to a lot of other apps in the $10-30 range. The main strength of this app is its GPS and flyover view.
You can strategize and track your landings with the target icon that you can drag anywhere on the screen.
You can also see distances to different obstacles and parts of the course. And you can also layover or under stats on the flyover maps. This can be handy when you don’t want to take the time to switch between menus. Get Hotel19 here.
This made it into our top five picks because it’s GPS app has actually improved over the past few years.
It has a sharp, bright, and easy to use interface. If you have an iPhone, this is its native playground. It was built from the ground up to function on an iPhone.
Again, like Hole 19, you’ve got some amazing aerial views. And it automatically gives you distance to the center of the green with a cool little bullseye emblem.
The scorecard actually looks like a paper scorecard, so you won’t feel like you’ve given up on an old friend by going digital. Get GolfLogix.
5. Golf Pad
This is not nearly as comprehensive as many other golf apps. But it still holds it’s own against some big competitors.
Golf Pad features over 27,000 courses and includes a range finder, a scorecard, a shot tracker, aerial maps, statistics tracking, and the ability to save rounds.
It does include ads, but that’s the cost of free in a virtual market. You can buy a paid version of the app. But really, the ads aren’t that intrusive.
If you do go with the premium app, the biggest plus will be the ability to track 8 players over 4 players and the automatic backup of your rounds in the cloud. Golf pad!
What makes Foursum stand out despite its small course database of 21,000 is its swing analyzer. It will track ball placement and link to the Apple Watch for this feature.
It will give you club suggestions based on distance, which is great for beginners. And, you can gain info on other users who are using the app during play.
You can see your friends progress as well as you play. And, if you want to be competitive, you can see the leaderboards that organize the info. Foursome App.
Another free GPS golf app is here to pair with your smartwatch. It features 33,000 golf ranges.
The best part of this app? Real time wind speed, elevation, and “plays like” distance calculations.
No other app seems to include these stats. And this information could really make or break a game for you.
If you want to have some of the features other apps offer like club tracking and club distance stats, you have to pay the premium price.
Apple watch functionality includes scorekeeping, shot tracking, and distance tracking. Get this free app!
We’ve had users recommend Offcourse before to us, and it is one we’ve seen talked about in the forums lately.
It may not fully measure up to the other apps, but it’s still quite solid.
If you’re strict on ranges and distances, this app will help you out a lot. The GPS is surprisingly accurate in this former web app.
It has your basic stats tracking. But it’s really designed to be used on a round-by-round basis.
The one cool feature is social. You can take pictures of your team at the end of each round hole and post your stats on social media. Get Offcourse.
9. V1 Golf
We thought we would throw in some golf swing analyzers this year. With V1 Golf you can record your swing with video and then compare it to the best of the best.
You can also submit your video to have it analyzed by a professional. And in-app purchases feature some amazing drills to help you improve. V1 Golf App.
If you’re looking for a personal golf coach you can carry in your pocket, look no further. This app includes 38 coaching videos from Dr. Noel Rousseau, a PGA professional.
You can record your golf swing and compare it to that of a digital model overlay. It will definitely help you analyze your swing to improve it. Golf Coach App.
Bringing your golf game into the 21st century doesn’t mean giving up the pleasures of real golf.
Your phone is always with you anyways. Why not put it to good use?
What are some golf apps you’ve seen work wonders for your game recently? Let us know in the comments below. And, as always, don’t stop living on greens.