News & ToursJanuary 7, 2010

How about an iPhone app to speed up play, instead?

We applaud entrepreneurial spirit and we're all for technology and congratulate Kevin Streelman for combing the two in a business venture that is beginning to pay off. However...

An iPhone app with which Streelman, a PGA Tour player, is involved has sold more than 7,000 copies in two months, at $4.99 a pop, according to this Arizona Republic story.

The app provides tips on how to hit a variety of different shots, from fairway bunkers to sidehill lies and anything else a golfer might encounter. At the iTunes site, it says this: "You can take your iPhone on the course and quickly look up what you should do in seconds with just a couple of touches."

It no doubt is proving beneficial to a host of players. However...

Shouldn't we be working on picking up the pace of play rather than encouraging a player with, say, a fried-egg lie in a green-side bunker to consult his iPhone on how to play the shot? Just saying.

-- John Strege

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