It’s fun to watch the pros tear up yet another course, but nothing beats bringing the clubs out and hitting the greens yourself. Whether you play off scratch, or you’re teeing off for the first time, there’s an app for that.
Check out weather conditions for your preferred course, enjoy a virtual green-side view of the U.S. Masters, learn the rules of the game, use GPS to choose your clubs, or analyze your swing. We have cut the field down to present you with five of the best golf apps
Latest Golf Weather App
LatestGolfWeather ($0.99) is created by golfers for golfers to provide all the weather information you need to make the most of your round. Find out what the conditions will be like for the next 14 days on any golf course, with immediate and accurate course-specific weather.
Search any of the 17,500-plus international courses and receive a two-week overview of information including weather conditions, temperature, and visibility in a high-impact, visual- forecast format.
The Masters Golf App (free)
To get you in the Masters mood, The Masters 2012 is a free app that brings you even closer to the thrills of this major U.S. golf tournament.
The free iPhone Masters golf app offers everything from hole-by-hole layout, yardages, and flyover views to details of player pairings and tee-off times. Enjoy real time scoring updates, video highlights, press conferences, and live streaming video from Amen Corner.
Rules of Golf App (free)
The R &A’s Official Rules App covers every issue that could come up in a round of golf. If you’re new to the game of golf (what took you so long?), check out this free guide to on-course behaviour, a summary of the basic Rules, and the complete Rules of Golf (2012 – 2015). Outlining all the rules and regulations of the game, as well as the etiquette expected on the course, it’s ideal for the novice, featuring an easy-to-follow menu as well as video content.
Swing by Swing App
Swing by Swing is a free golf GPS range finder from Swing by Swing Golf. Use your mobile phone to view a satellite photo of the obstacles on the course, the green, and precise distances to everything. You can make astute club decisions based on the app’s distance calculator, which automatically switches between holes as you navigate the course.
Golf Swing Plane App
SwingPlane ($2.99) is arguably the best golf app on the market. This advanced video swing analysis program is easy to use and a low-cost alternative to thousands of dollars worth of video equipment. It incorporates a video camera so that you can easily assess your swing using its playback and drawing tools. See whether your swing is on plane, check your set-up angles, and monitor head and shoulder movements. Sample videos of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and others are included too.