App Review: Golfshot: Golf GPS by Shotzoom Software
Golfshot: Golf GPS by Shotzoom Software is an amazing app for all golfers. At first I was worried about getting this app since I have an iPod Touch which doesn’t have a GPS. Now that I have the app and have tested it out, I am pleased to report that it works great on the iPod Touch, and I didn’t really miss any of the added features that the GPS allows you to have.
To start out, Golfshot will show up with all of the golf courses that are nearest to your location. You get to select which course you will be playing on and which tee box you will tee off from. For those of you with an iPod Touch, you will need to download the information for the course that you are playing on a Wi-Fi network before you go golfing. After that, you get to add any other golfers that will be playing in that round with you.
When you get to the golf course, you can pull up an aerial view of the hole you are on. By holding one finger on the screen, you can move a target on the screen to map out your approach to the hole. The app will give you the distance from your tee box to the target, as well as the distance from the target to the green. Those with a GPS enabled iPhone can get distances measured using their GPS location, specify distance to the front, center, or back of the green, and see professionally mapped targets for each hole. Those without GPS (iPod Touch and iPhone first gen.) can view distances based on predetermined measurements of the course, which can still be very helpful.
After you have finished a hole, you can input the scores for each person. To enter scores, just tap on each golfer’s name and put in their score. Following that, you can put in which club you used at the tee off, how good of a shot it was, whether or not you hit into a sand bunker, and whether or not you got any penalties. After all the information is entered, the app will display your score. You repeat this process for all of the golfers in your group. By turning your device to landscape mode, you can see the scorecard that looks like the ones that are supplied by most golf courses.
The other major feature of this app is statistics. After you play a round of golf, you can view your stats from that round. Some of the stats are Driving Accuracy, Greens in Regulation, Recovery Performance, Putting Averages, Scores by Par, and Scoring. These stats are great for helping you see patterns, good or bad, in your golf game. For me, they helped me to realize that my drives usually veered off to the left. Now the next time I play I will be able to adjust my swing so that my drives will go straight.
Golfshot is a rather expensive app. However, if you are looking for an app that has all of the same features as this one, your only alternative is a $300 plus GPS. This lower price point makes Golfshot well worth the money. It works seamlessly, and it can really help you to improve your golf game. If you are an avid golfer, this app is a must have.
Developer’s Website: http://golfshot.com/