Taming the Inner Beast with Golf Apps


Hi Readers.  As Golf Tantrum continues to grow, I have decided to take on an occasional guest column. The following content was contributed by Luke Goodwin:

Some days, you’ve either got it or you haven’t. As you grow older you tend to deal with this fact as best you can, and the frustration seems to lessen a little. The days of snapping golf clubs over your gloating golfing buddy and making a fool of yourself amongst your fellow golfing fanatics will seem a thing of the past.

Maybe this site’s recent post, Third Comes the Regret, relates more to the novice golfer, or maybe not. Just maybe, you still curse to high heaven every time you create a divot that will reduce the groundsmen to tears. Maybe you want to wipe that smirk off your partner’s face when you shank the ball so bad it lands on the green of the nearby hole where the club captain is about to attempt a 30-foot putt.

Fortunately, learning to master such deficiencies in your swing or putting stroke has never been easier with the aid of the internet. Here to help is an app developer willing to invest hours of work in order to help, you, the consumer, overcome your swing issues. If there’s a market for a specific niche, you better bet your bottom dollar there’s a developer rubbing his or hers hands with the idea of creating a custom made app to solve your troubles.

One of the most popular types of golfing apps that have hit the App Store are golf range finding apps that allow amateur golfers, through GPS, to calculate exactly how far it is to a bunker or pin. Gone are the days of selecting the wrong club, and potentially chasing after your caddy in anger, when you utilize apps such as Golf Logix. The app, aside from its extensive database, also helps golfers record their scores and has many social sharing capabilities. GolfShot is another app that has gained momentum for having similar capabilities, along with a plethora of information regarding many of the world’s golf courses.

What the above apps won’t do is help you eliminate those unsightly kinks in your god awful swing. However, don’t beat yourself up too much! V1 Golf is one of the most downloaded apps on the market, as it provides users with analysis of their swings via a video breakdown with the aim of improving technique and fluidity. It explores the biomechanics of a golf swing as has been devised by some of the world’s most revered sports scientists.

With the quantity of apps growing in the major stores on a daily basis, Gaming Realms, the company behind the online portal PocketFruity said, “mobile Internet is one of the most powerful trends in the Internet landscape.” Thus, we should continue to look forward to a wide range of golfing apps to help us stop looking like fools on the greens we so often frequent.

What apps have you used to transform your golfing move from a Happy Gilmore-esque swing to a more conservative and less offensive technique? Let us know below.

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