Editors' ChoiceApril 19, 2016

Best Apps For Golfers


Whether you're looking to kill time in a waiting room or track your favorite pairing, the best smartphone apps make the job faster, easier and more immersive. The Masters app matches the taste and tone of the event and broadcast coverage, offering an elegant, clean and easy-to-navigate interface. Super Stickman Golf 2 is an addictive mini-golf-on-steroids ride that a 5-year-old can play instantly, but an adult can spend hours with it.

With a tablet or large-format smartphone, the Masters app is good enough that a viewer could survive the week without a television. You can watch tournament coverage live in high-definition, with extra video feeds not available to TV viewers: featured groups, a dedicated Amen Corner channel and streaming highlights and interviews. You can also watch the leader board, tour the course and see real-time shot tracking for any player. It's all free, and with minimum commercial interruption—but you'll want to be using it via Wi-Fi to get the best experience. The HDTV broadcast feed will groan over anything less than a perfect cell connection, and your data plan will hate you for it.

Super Stickman Golf 2 doesn't have the same kind of polish, but it can provide hours of entertainment. You use three simple buttons to control the trajectory and strength of your stick figure's shots throughout a series of increasingly outlandish three-dimensional mini-golf holes. Like Angry Birds, it's easy enough to get a handle on the controls right away, but the genius is in the subtleties required to make lots of birdies. Like most free games, it asks for social interaction—Twitter follows and video views—in exchange for virtual currency to spend upgrading your character, but the sales job isn't intrusive, and you can enjoy the game without it.

Event/Service: The Masters Tournament, free
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Game: Super Stickman Golf 2, free
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