It’s US Open time, and all the golf world is turned to The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Is Tiger back, will Phil stay steady, and just where the heck is Lucas Glover? The US Open advertises itself as golf’s toughest test, and it lives up to it’s reputation. It takes down the greats, and launches journeymen to the peak of prominence. Crazy things happen at the toughest test of golf, meaning you don’t want to miss a moment, and your top-rated smart phone makes that possible.
But most golfers are committed to their sport, and your top-rated smartphone can hook you up with many apps that allow you to enjoy and understand golf, and your golf game, in new and different ways. So in honor of the U.S. Open this week, and the longest hole to ever appear at the U.S.Open (the 16th at 670 yards), here are 5 of the best top-rated smart phone apps for golf in the week of the U.S. Open.
This is the official app from the USGA. This app allows you to follow scores in real time, watch video, and stay up with your favorite player throughout the tournament. There is also historical aspects of the U.S. Open to be found, as well as an over view of The Olympic Club. The top-rated app for following the U.S. Open. Available for iPhones, Android and tablets.
This app comes to us from the Golf Channel. They have some of the best commentary on golf available, and keen insights into what’s happening on and off the course. The golf channel keeps you covered during the tournament, and then expertly breaks down and analyzes what they’ve seen, helping you stay on top of what’s happening at the Open, and what happens behind the scenes as well. And the Golf Channel app will be good for the British Open, and tournaments for the rest of the year as well.
This app, while not specifically U.S. Open related, is none-the-less a must-have for any golfer. With over 30,000 course on this app’s GPS, you can get a hole overview, find your yardage, and then plan your shot. The scorekeeping side makes sure that you have just what you need right in your pocket. So whether you’re nipping out to play your local course, or travelling with your clubs to play a new and different area, you’ll be ready with the information at your fingertips. This one is a little pricier than the first two at $29.99. But remember, you’re getting a GPS and a scorecard. So get out on the course and get your bearings.
I don’t necessarily enjoy this app, though I personally know how invaluable it is. I’ve had my swing filmed a couple of times, and it won’t be on an instructional video anytime soon. Well, maybe as the “Before”, or in the “can you believe this guy hasn’t actually injured himself yet ?” section. But watching yourself swing, however painful that may be, will jumpstart real and useful changes to your swing, and to your game. This app also allows you to compare your swing to over 50 professional’s swings, so you can find the best swing to emulate. Take advantage of your top-rated smartphone’s full range of abilities, and use the V1 Golf app to help you on the road to a better, more consistent golf swing.
We all know that when your buddy kicks his ball out of the edge of the sand trap, that’s a rules violation, as well as a the move of a complete #$&?#@&<!%. But hey, he’s been doing it since you were in grade school together, and what did you really expect. But did you also know it is no longer a penalty if your ball moves on the green after address (and about bloody time, I say). Stay up to date on the rules of the game, whether you’re strict enforcement or still using winter rules on July 1. Some rules are arcane, some are very wise,. and they all make up the fabric of the game of golf. Be ready when your buddy starts up his chainsaw in the rough with the Rules of Golf app.