How Golfers Can Get The Most Out Of An Apple Watch

Apple's smartwatch is one of the most useful accessories a golfer can use on and off course

How Golfers Can Get The Most Out Of An Apple Watch
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Apple Watch Series 7 (GPS, 41mm): was £369, now £298 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Get 19% off the Apple Watch Series 7 in this cheap Prime Day deal. Regarded as the best smartwatch on the market, the Apple Watch Series 7 has an always-on Retina display that lets you take calls, reply to texts, measure your blood oxygen levels and has a great screen for using golf apps on. Deal available on the Green Aluminium Case with Clover Sport Band.

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2021 Apple Watch SE (GPS, 40mm): was £269, now £217 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This Prime Day, save £52 on the Apple Watch SE (2021). It has a plethora of powerful features, including daily activity tracking, card payments and call taking. Comes in the Gold Aluminium Case with Starlight Sport Band.

How Golfers Can Get The Most Out Of An Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is one of the most popular wearable tech devices in the world. For golfers, the Apple Watch is a fantastic device in its own right when it comes to on course functionality and is also a great smart device off course. There are some great deals to be had on a number of different Apple Watches this Prime Day, so now is one of your best chances to get great value for an excellent on course companion. 

With around 20% off most Apple Watch generations this Prime Day, we're going to talk through all the advantages of having an Apple Watch for golf and how using an Apple Watch can help improve your game on course. In our experience, using some of the best golf apps for Apple Watch can easily compete with some of the best stand alone golf GPS devices. You also get all the brilliant off course usability of a smart watch when you buy an Apple Watch, so this is an investment we think lots more golfers should start considering versus traditional devices. Here's how you can get the most of an Apple Watch on the golf course...

Track your steps and overall fitness

A golfer checking his Apple Watch on course

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Fitness is a huge reason why a lot of us play golf. Walking 18 holes is an enjoyable and easy way to get plenty of steps in and raise our heart rate in the process. The Apple Watch Series 7 allows you to track a number of key fitness metrics when out on course. 

Firstly, a pedometer allows you to keep track of your steps for the day and the watch can also measure your blood oxygen levels. A brilliant sleep tracking feature also allows you to make sure you're getting the right amount of sleep while mindfulness apps can help you focus on your mental health too. If you're a golfer looking to improve your health and wellbeing on course, the Apple Watch is a great device to help you track your progress. 

Utilise some of the best golf apps 

Whether it's automatic shot tracking or automatic GPS yardages on the golf course, there are loads of ways to use your Apple Watch to its fullest when you're playing. Check out some of our favourite apps for Apple Watch below...

Arccos

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Arccos Caddie App

Specifications

Price: Free
In-App Purchases Available?: No

Golf’s first Artificial Intelligence platform, the Arccos Caddie app syncs with Arccos Caddie sensors to automatically track your shots while delivering Smart Distance club averages and game insights. The system also includes an A.I. powered GPS rangefinder and caddie advice for any hole on earth to help golfers of all skill levels make smarter decisions, improve faster and shoot lower scores.

You'll need a set of Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors to use this app, but once they are paired up you should quickly see how much A. I. and data can help you work on your golf game and see where you can improve.

Using this app on your Apple Watch is a breeze and the watch will automatically detect each shot. It will then also display a front, middle and back yardage to the green ahead as well as suggest which club you should hit for you next shot. 

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VPAR golf app screenshots

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VPAR App

Specifications

Cost: Free
In-App Purchases Available?: Yes

VPar is the go-to app for live scoring, GPS for 30,000 courses, stat tracking and challenges. The app allows you to set up live leaderboards and tournaments with your friends, a brilliant feature that can enhance your weekly roll-up or society and, in this day and age, is a great solution from having to handle and swap a scorecard.

On Apple Watch, this app displays accurate front, middle and back yardages as well as the ability to log your score from the convenience of your watch. It also allows you to track your stats like driving accuracy, greens in regulation and putts to help you gauge what part of your game needs improving.

This is the must app for any day out with a group of friends. We liked it so much we also added it to our list of the best golf GPS apps too. 

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Hole 19 golf app screenshots

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Hole 19 Golf GPS & Scorecard App

Specifications

Cost: Free
In-App Purchases Available?: Yes

All your scores in one place and a great all-round addition to your golfing gadgets. This looks after score keeping, yardages, stats and checking out courses in advance and it will cost you nothing. The furthest most of us get after a round is to make a note of how many putts we take - now it’s all there in front of us to know where the real good and bad bits of our game are. 

On Apple Watch, Hole 19 provides clear and accurate yardages to the front, middle and back of the green as well as allow you to score and measure how far each of your shots goes. 

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Screenshots of the Golf Shot app

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Golfshot: Golf GPS + AR App

Specifications

Cost: $99.99
In-App Purchases Available?: Yes

The Golfshot app now features a one off purchase price to use all its features, rather than the Lite and Pro version that was previously available. 

Golfshot brings to you Auto Shot Tracking with Apple Watch. The app automatically tracks every shot you take that features a more seamless experience complete with flyover review of each hole. 

Get the most comprehensive and powerful set of GPS features to play your best golf while managing your game all in one place. Enjoy real-time distances to the green, hazards and targets on over 40,000 courses worldwide along with rich scoring and shot tracking, detailed statistics, entire course flyover previews and club recommendations.

In-app purchases include monthly subscriptions to lessons and other great golf content to help further your game. 

Dan Parker
Dan Parker

Dan is a Staff Writer and has been with the Golf Monthly team since early 2021. Dan graduated with a Masters in International Journalism from the University of Sussex and primarily looks after equipment reviews and buyer's guides on the website. Dan was a custom fit specialist at American Golf for two years and has brought his expertise in golf equipment to a huge range of buyer's guides and reviews on the website. A left handed golfer, his handicap index is currently 9.8 and he plays at Fulford Heath Golf Club in the West Midlands. His golfing highlight is shooting 76 at Essendon Golf Club on his first ever round with his Golf Monthly colleagues. Dan also runs his own cricket podcast and website in his spare time. 


Dan is currently playing: 


Driver: Ping G425 Max 

Fairway: Ping G425 Max 

Hybrid: TaylorMade Rocketballz 

Irons: Ping i59 (4-PW) 

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged Pro

Putter: Wilson Staff Infinite Buckingham 

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 Pix