The Golf Shot GPS for the Android and Apple: Pros & Cons

Golf Shot for iPhone, iPod Touch and AndroidThe Golf Shot GPS is an ‘easy to use’ app for Android, iPhone and iPod touch (not available on Blackberry).

Using Google Maps it provides quick and accurate distances to Greens, Bunkers, Water, Layups and out of bounds.

With over 37,000 courses mapped worldwide it tells you the distance to the front, middle and back of the green

Obviously is a course isn’t mapped by either Google or Bing then you may have problems!  There is a function on the Golf Shot website for requesting new courses and having just checked… all mine are.

With the Golf Shot you can set layups at 200, 150, 125 and 100 yards then set the ideal layup club distance so it creates the layups for you.

You can track the distance of any shot you play — drives and approaches at the touch of a button.

A handy feature is keeping score and statistics for foursomes and for the geeky players amongst us you can compare graphs and statistics with your friends.

Stats are automatically created for you and a great way to know your performance, track improvement and find the weakness in your game.

You can even post them to Facebook if you’re that way inclined!

The statistics measured by the Golf Shot GPS include:

  • Fairways hit
  • Fairways missed (left and right)
  • Greens in regulation
  • Recovery scrambling (where you miss a green and still score par or better)
  • Sand saves
  • Putts per hole
  • Scoring averages and percentages

A big plus is it’s 100% free with no additional fees or subscriptions.  Golf Shot aren’t ruling out the addition of extra upgrades in the future which may or may not have fees.

There are three big downsides to using the Golf Shot GPS.

  1. The battery life of your phone (will it last the full 18 holes).  If your battery starts to fail then the GPS function may become sporadic as the phone attempts to save its charge.
  2. Legality since devices that may have compasses or weather (wind) readings are illegal on the course.  Both possible on the iPhone.
  3. Not a concern for most of us but I’ve heard some complaints from folk because  you won’t be able to use it on the driving range if you want to measure the distance of your shot since you have to walk to the ball for yardage!

Regarding number 2 — as daft as it might sound (you can have a device that tells you the distance to the green but not one that tells you north, south, east or west) they are the rules!

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