Garmin Approach S6
GPS behemoth Garmin’s golf watch is the best in the business, and its absolutely rammed with features. Straight out of the box, the Garmin will set itself up with the correct time and date. Swipe the touchscreen to toggle through modes, and tap to start your round when standing on the first tee. With detailed yardages for over 30,000 course, a high res display that'll give you alerts from your phone and built-in swing training, it really has everything covered.
Swing tracking and analytics have come on leaps and bounds in the last year, but Game Golf is pushing the boundaries yet again. Not only does it provide a healthy helping of analytics about your swing and your shot, it'll track all your holes and scores for thousands of courses around the world.
$249 | Game Golf
VPAR is a live scoring system which makes most of its money being hawked out to corporate events to keep track of large-scale competitions, but it has a fantastic app that anyone can enjoy. The app - available for iOS and Android - has thousands of courses built in and enables players to keep score, check maps and get GPS information on their distance to the green. What’s more, it works out Stableford scores automatically and after the game it will email the card to everyone in your party.
Free iOS/Android | VPAR
R&A Rules of Golf App
The rules of golf are numerous and complex, so having a handy at-a-glance guide can be a life-saver. Of course, carrying the full paperback can make you appear a bit of a stickler for the rules, but with the R&A’s official app you can discreetly check whether your friends have contravened any legislation and mete out the appropriate punishments. Rules are rules!
Free (iOS/Android) | R&A
Zepp Labs Sensor
Clip this sensor to the back of your glove and it will map a 360-degree diagram of your swing, measuring everything from the club speed to the rotation of your hips. The Zepp Golf app then scores your efforts for sharing, learning and competing with buddies.
£92 | Zepp
Prazza Golf Ball Finder
Shanked a shot into the trees? If you have Prazza balls you’ll be able to find them in even the roughest terrain. Each one is embedded with a radio wave-emitting microchip, which connects to the Finder and points you in the right direction (up to its 100m range, natch).
£249 | Prazza
GSA Pro PAGSAI Golf GPS Swing Analyser
Stick this tee-sized toggle into the top of your club, and you can enjoy the kind of swing analysis that you’ll only get from £50 professional lessons. The toggle syncs to a smartphone app, that reveals your swing planes and shapes, so you can see where you need to improve.
£180 | 3Bays
A dedicated course GPS app with over 40,000 pre-loaded courses. It enables you to check distances to the pin as well as maps of the course. It also has a handy foursome scoring feature which spits out tonnes of stats and information after the round.
£19 Android, £21 iOS | Golfshot
Golf GameBook features a social live scoring function, and is available on the App Store. A digital scorecard that can be shared via the app, you can get a live leaderboard for your events, so you can pile on the pressure knowing that “Ricky Hatton” putt is to take the top prize – or avoid getting the beers in the clubhouse.
Free (iOS/Android) | Golf GameBook
If you’re a golfing nomad, keeping track of your rounds can be difficult. For those without a club secretary to approve their handicap is Golf Shake, which enables you to keep track of your progress.
Free | Golf Shake
A social network designed for golfers enables you to leave non-golfing Facebook-ers behind and get down to what’s important: bragging about courses you’ve played or shots you’ve nailed. There’s a free iPhone app so you can connect with friends, upload photos and videos and post comments.
Free | All Square Golf