Golf can be a tough game, so anything that can help whether its equipment, a tip or a lucky charm, has got to be worth trying. Over the last couple of years, GPS has been used to give golfers a new edge helping with distances to the green and course landmarks. I have used and reviewed the Sureshot GPS 8850 , a handheld golf GPS device. The Sureshot is a handy device, provides accurate course distance and holds multiple courses. More recently mobile device based Golf apps have appeared on the market, Golfshot is one of the more popular.
Golf Shot Golf GPS App Review
Golfshot is a fully functioned golf GPS distance and scorecard mobile app. Golfshot is available for both iPhone ($29.99) and Android ($27.90) devices. The application provides distance measurements per hole, aerial hole views and a comprehensive scorecard and statistics. Courses are accessed dynamically from the mobile phone (hence mobile coverage is initially required). From an Australian perspective, the list of golf courses covered by Golfshot is extensive.
Hole by hole distances include front/centre/back of the green, plus distances to landmarks including bunkers, waterhazards, trees, mounds etc. The app also provides an aerial view of the hole from Google Maps where accessible. A nice addition is the ability to set layup distances, so if you are confident from 100m out, the app will tell you the distance to that layup for each hole.
I’ve roadtested the Android version of the Golfshot for six rounds and have been impressed with the interface, accuracy. Distances are easy to read and understand and after each hole, a scorecard allows you to record up to 4 players score, putts, driving accuracy and recovery details.
The Golfshot app then emails the scorecard to your email account, and posts the score to the Golfshot website. If the score was worth bragging about, there are options to tweet or post the score to Facebook.
Really impressed with the Golfshot Mobile App. Having used a standalone Golf GPS device (the Sureshot) as well, both provide accurate distance measurement and scoring capabilities. In a matchplay head to head, The Golfshot has a slicker interface, aerial hole views and a much better scoring and statistics package, however it could be limited by the capabilities, signal coverage and battery life of your mobile device. The standalone device such as the Sureshot, may be more accurate than a Mobile App, has superior battery life, however costs up to 10 times more than an app and requires manual downloads of course data and scores.
If you have an iPhone or Android smart phone, I would recommend the Golfshot Mobile App as an important part of your next golf game!