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Apple App “Fun Golf GPS” Review
Apple App “Fun Golf GPS” Review: Turns Smartphone into Pricey/Slick GPS Device for Free
Introduced originally at $20, this new download competes admirably — for nothing right now — courtesy of iTunes with similar lone golf GPS devices that cost upwards $250. As long as you have an iPhone.
As technical as the game of golf can be, players need to be precise in their aim, measurements and distance control. That’s exactly why the world of electronic rangefinders has boomed in the past 10 years. And even since then, with the onslaught of mobile applications, GPS rangefinders have streamlined down into a sleek, concise package right on your phone.
But how do you choose the right one for you?
Since being in the market for an app myself, I downloaded it and tried it out this past weekend. Now, it’s not a literal, spyglass-like visual golf rangefinders/GPS’s that Bushnell and Leupold produce, which are simply different kinds of technology.
(Although, one has to wonder how long it will be before we are using the camera features on our phones to find the exact distance to the pin as well as the precise lay of the land right in front of you along with green speed, wind direction and club lie angle and loft adjustments. And you know SkyCaddie and similar makers already are sweating these golf apps that just put to use any smartphone’s existing internal GPS and Wi-Fi capabilities.).
Technology (9.5 out of 10)
Upon opening this particular golf app, you’ll notice differences that many handheld golf GPS items don’t have — at least yet. It’s most endearing feature is probably that it goes right into your iPhone or iPad, which you probably already are carrying. And, of course, along with that compatibility comes the ability to directly transfer, share and store your score and other information it collects about your round — which is a lot — wherever you like on the Web, hard drive or cloud.
It’s easy to personalize it for yourself, too. You can add your name, email address and even your handicap, which will help you find your course handicap on any given course. Available for free are thousands of courses at your disposal. Simply look under “Courses” on the home page of the app.
Looks (9.3 out of 10)
This also is where you can allow the device and app to search automatically all around you, or you manually search a specific course. Fun Golf GPS also has a nifty interactive map feature that also locates courses in your area.
Once you’ve found the course you’re looking for, simply download it and begin your round. Before you start your round, Fun Golf GPS even will ask you if you want to name this event, ask for a date, which rules or format you’ll be playing under and then who you’re playing with for scorekeeping purpose.
It’s time to start your round. The first thing you’ll notice when starting a round with Fun Golf GPS is the amazing 3-D view of each hole. You can swipe left or right to change your perception of the hole and also up and down to get a better idea of the yardage from the tee box to around the green.
What I enjoyed most of the hole view is the distance markers to each significant point on the hole. Want to know how far that waste bunker runs alongside the fairway?
Performance (9.7 out of 10)
Fun Golf GPS will tell you.
On every hole you can enter into the app which club you’re going to use on every shot. The nice thing about this is you can, to an extent, predict what may happen before you ever swing the club.
You can actually edit your club selection to what’s in your bag and then customize each club to how far you hit them. That way you’ll get a more precise idea of which club works best for every shot’s distance on the hole.
Final Thoughts (Overall: 9.5 out of 10)
Once you’re finished with your round, Fun Golf GPS allows you to share your round with social media. Have fun with that, right? No cheating now.