Top 9 Apps To Help Beginner Golfers
When you’re a beginner golfer, the amount of information about the game can feel overwhelming. But thankfully, technology has made it possible to get into the game with less effort, all while having more fun as you develop your skills. We’ve gathered up the top 9 apps to help beginner golfers so you can quickly catch on and start dropping your scores consistently. Let’s check them out!
Best App For Learning The Rules Of Golf—R&A
If you’re new to golf, trying to learn all of the game's rules can seem intimidating at first. To encourage fair gameplay amongst golfers, new and experienced, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews created The R&A app. Straightforward in nature, this app is jam-packed with rules, definitions, etiquette tips, and quizzes to test your knowledge of the game. The app is updated regularly, so you’re always in the know.
Clear Views Of The Course Ahead—Hole19
A favorite app among golfers who love tracking GPS-based stats is Hole19. The app is free for Apple and Android and offers premium stat-tracking features. This app has one of the best user interfaces and all-around designs, enticing you to come back game after game.
Hole19 lets you view your shot distance with a crisp and clear satellite view of the course so you can easily see any potential hazards on your trip down the fairway. You’ll also get a beautifully-designed scorecard that will impress even the pickiest of golf app users.
Most Downloaded Golf App—Golfshot
With well over half a million downloads for Android alone, the free version of this app features GPS-based data for personal improvement on each shot, including where you were on the course and the clubs you were using. You’re also able to check the distance to the center of the green quickly.
But where the app shines is with the paid version. You’ll get real-time distances on more than 40,000 courses, acting as an all-knowing caddie wherever you play. You can also zoom in on a bird's-eye-view map of the course and even switch to a 3D display of the upcoming hole for total awareness. Always be ready with the perfect club with Golfshot!
Simple To Use—18Birdies
If you just want a simple, easy-to-use GPS rangefinder, digital scorecard, and stat tracker, 18Birdies is your app. There are golf-centered features, like side games, rewards, and the latest news in the golfing world. There’s also some fun community features built-in, like the ability to share rounds, compete for a spot on the leaderboard, or find out about local events to compete in.
You’re hard-pressed to find more features in a free golf app, including support for both Apple Watch and Android Wear. If you choose to opt for the premium membership for only $5 per month, you get discounts, advanced course data and stats, live weather updates, and video golf lessons.
Find New Golf Buddies—The Grint
When you want to find some new friends to play golf with, The Grint is the app to download. It’s free to join, and you get a free Golf Handicap that’s USGA compliant, along with GPS-based info on over 37,000 courses worldwide.
The app has some of the best performance stats tracking, live scoring, and matches. Get a snapshot of how your golf friends are progressing with their games with picture posting, score updates, and more.
Score Tracking Made Simple—mScorecard
If all you want is a no-frills way to track scores on the course, this digital scorecard app has everything you need—and more. mScorecard calculates scores, handicaps, and stats for up to five players. It also helps you calculate distances and supports side games, but where it excels is tracking your strokes while you’re in the heat of the game.
You also get support for adjusted strokes, the new World Handicap System, and make available adjusted gross scores in the stats. If side games are your thing, you get a modified Stableford side game, Pars side game, and the ability to import rounds recorded by friends on the premium version.
Detailed Swing Analysis—Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor
The Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor empowers golfers with detailed analysis of their shot shape, launch angle, and the ball's location in relation to the clubhead. It also tracks your averages on every club in your bag for professional-grade accuracy on your swing metrics.
Beyond the app, you also get a launch stand that syncs up with your smartphone to beam all of your swing data and provide video playback. Just note, the app currently only syncs with iOS devices and is designed for dry weather conditions only.
Budget Swing Analysis—Shot Tracer
The Shot Tracer app only costs a few dollars but gives golfers a suite of helpful features on both Apple and Android phones. The app makes it easy for golfers to take videos of their shots and then view a trailing effect for frame-by-frame analysis of your golf swing.
Aside from the cool effects for visualizing the weak points of your swing, you can also see your shots on a 3D map at over 30,000 courses. When you’re working on improving your putting, Shot Tracer can create a strobe light video effect as the ball rolls, so it’s clearly visible in the video as it moves.
Deals On Tee Times—GolfNow
Who doesn’t love a deal? Especially when you’re just getting started, and results are sometimes frustrating. Finding the best deals on tee times is easy with the GolfNow app. You’ll get access to a database of tee times and discounted prices at over 6,000 golf courses worldwide.
Even better, you can book directly from the app, find course information and reviews, and quickly map directions to the courses with times available near you. There’s even support for Apple Watch and Wear OS.
Now that you have the best apps for better golf, just remember to bring some helpful hardware to round out your time on the course. Rokform’s G-Rok wireless speaker connects with your phone, so you can set the mood for success. And don’t forget to grab a Sport Ring to keep a firm grip on your phone when it’s wrapped safely in one of our Rugged Cases!
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