Best Smart Phone For Golfers 2024 - Which One To Choose?

Whatever you're looking for, there's a smart phone to help you get the best out of your golf game

Best Smart Phone For Golfers
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Best Smart Phone For Golfers - Which One To Choose?

It’s hard to get by without a smart phone these days and you’ll find some incredible technology at the touch of your fingertips with a lot of the models on the market. Like the best golf GPS devices, after using one you will wonder how you ever managed before! It’s crucial to ask yourself what you want from your smart phone before buying it, as there will be plenty of handy features that golfers will benefit from that many models will offer, whilst some won't.

Whether it’s amazing displays for easy visuals and watching the golf on demand, a brilliant battery life to last a full 36 holes or a market-leading camera to take great course photos and videos, we’ll help you find the right smart phone for you.

Below is our list on the best smart phone for golfers and we also recommend checking out some of our other guides too. Such as the best golf rangefinders, best golf watches, or even the best golf launch monitors too.

Best Smart Phone For Golfers

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What to consider when buying a smart phone for golf

What are some of the factors to consider when looking at getting a new phone that will deal with the golf course? Let's take a look. 

1. Battery Life

As far as a phones for golf go, battery life is arguably the most important factor. We use our phones for everything these days and you can do the same for golf because you may get GPS yardages from your phone when playing. As such battery life has to be good and sufficient to easily last your round and beyond. 

2. Camera

We think a good camera is vital when out on the golf course because then you can take amazing pictures and videos of the course itself, or of your playing partners, or yourself, hitting shots. 

3. Durability

The golf course can be a dangerous place for a phone so a good model should be able to deal with the occasional drop, or just the general bumps and knocks technology can take when playing golf. 

4. Everyday life

Of course a good smart phone should work in the real world as well so it is worth thinking about what features you think are most important when it comes to your phone. Then pick accordingly. 

5. Budget

The same can be said of budget too because there are models at different price points these days so go for a model you can afford. 

For more advice on some of the best golf technology, check out our guides on the best golf apps for apple watch, best headphones for golf and the best golf speakers.

FAQ's

Can golfers have cell phones?

Yes golfers can have cell phones on the golf course but we would always recommend putting them on silent or vibrate only so that it does not go off during your swing or anyone else's. 

Can I use my phone as a golf GPS?

Yes you can definitely use your phone as a golf GPS as there are lots of apps that are designed to give GPS information. Some of our favorites come from Shot Tracer, Arccos, VPar and Motocaddy. You can also use golf apps on your phone to help with shot tracking or swing information.

Should I turn my phone on silent on the golf course?

Yes. It can be pretty frustrating for your playing partners if your mobile phone starts ringing when they're mid-way through their backswing. I advise all players to either switch it off entirely, or turn your phone on silent mode. 

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Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.


One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.


Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x