These iPhone apps will prepare you the Masters

Apr 4, 2012
Misc

Get your green jackets ready, it’s time once again for the Masters Golf Tournament. This year’s tournament runs from April 2 through April 8, and to celebrate, we’ve come up with a few apps that should help you get the most out of your Masters experience this year. The first place to head in the […]

Get your green jackets ready, it’s time once again for the Masters Golf Tournament. This year’s tournament runs from April 2 through April 8, and to celebrate, we’ve come up with a few apps that should help you get the most out of your Masters experience this year.

The first place to head in the app world for coverage of the Masters is its official home via the free The Masters Golf Tournament app. The official app of the Masters tournament has a wealth of features worth checking out including seven different live streams of video content including two channels of featured groups, in-depth analysis of the tournament by ESPN and CBS complete with highlights, and live streams of the tournament play at holes 11, 12, 13, 15 and 16. You can also check out the live leader board, a course overview and driving directions in case you’re actually attending the tournament.

The official PGA Tour app (free) might also come in handy if you want to follow golf beyond the Masters. PGA Tour boasts “complete coverage of every player in every round on every hole for all three tours all season long,” so you’ll certainly get all you can handle when it comes to golf results. The app also has live real-time scoring and a custom leader board so you can follow your favorite golfers with ease. PGA Tour also has exclusive highlight videos after each round of tournament play so you can catch up on any action you might have missed.

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PGA Golf ($0.99) might be the app that brings serious golf fanatics together with their more casual brethren. While the app does have the up-to-date golf news, scores and even equipment ratings on numerous products, its most talked about feature is its Caddyshack soundboard. If you feel like dropping a line like, “So I got that going for me, which is nice,” into casual conversation, you no longer have to do your own poor Bill Murray imitation as long as you have the PGA Golf app handy.

If you prefer to keep your tee time in the virtual world, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 ($0.99) is the app you’ll want to live out your virtual Masters gaming fantasies. PGA Tour 12 lets you play a closest-to-the-pin challenge along with your friends, or try your hand against the computer in the PGA Tour mode. There you’ll play against the virtual versions of pros like Anthony Kim, Paul Casey, Jim Furyk, and Zach Johnson.

If Happy Gilmore taught me anything about golf (and I’m pretty sure it did), it was that (a) to be a great golfer you have to learn to excel at putting, and (b) it’s all in the hips. Mini Touch Golf ($1.99) will provide those same tough lessons to anyone who tries to conquer its 36 demanding holes, one of which, true to Happy Gilmore, sees you trying to putt through a clown’s grinning mouth. It may not be as difficult as sinking a putt on the back 9 of the actual Masters, but you still want that ball to go to its home.

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Whether your interest in the Masters is more Tiger Woods or Happy Gilmore, there’s plenty of apps to help you get the most out of the tournament.

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Dan Kricke

Dan Kricke has been playing with electronics and writing about them for years. He loved his Sega Dreamcast and now the PlayStation 3. On the iPhone, he's a fan of sports apps and anything that offers new music.

 

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