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VPAR: The leaderboard in your pocket

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VPAR is an interactive scoring app for iPhones that allows average Joes like you and I to keep a live leaderboard on our phones during the weekend rounds we play. The app not only acts as a leaderboard but as a GPS, giving golfers the opportunity to track and store all of their shots, making it simple to compare data from previous rounds.

With this unique pairing of interactive scoring and GPS capabilities, the VPAR Golf App was named as the best sports app at the recent Sports Technology Awards in London.

By simply adding players to your group on the app, you create a live leaderboard giving those who may not be in your foursome the ability to see how they are stacking up with you — giving them an idea of just how much cash they will need to fork over after the round. With its advanced GPS system, the app also allows golfers to see just how their competitors managed to make a par on that tricky par 3.

Managing director for VPAR Jason Stoop says the goal of the app was to allow players to capture the adrenaline and excitement of the game making it a more wholesome experience.

“Players can track their progress, check out the competition and see what’s happening elsewhere on the course as the game unfolds,” he said. “Players are no longer oblivious to the opponents’ scores and what’s needed to beat them, creating your own version of the Masters or the Ryder Cup.”

The app can be purchased on the Apple App Store for an annual fee of $8.95, giving golfers access to more than 30,000 courses worldwide. And if your not an iPhone user don’t worry — the folks at VPAR have promised a version for both Windows and Samsung smart phones in the near future.

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Nick Boyd is an 18-year-old journalism student at Carleton University in Ottawa, with hopes of one day becoming a sports reporter.

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  1. Vpar

    Feb 23, 2015 at 9:55 am

    applications are very nice and interesting to be installed on android, this was a very fun app for android users

  2. Brian

    May 12, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Loving this app…so easy to use and makes every golf weekend much more exciting. Well done, VPAR

  3. Jake

    May 7, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I’ve been using the VPAR app, Justin, and it does all those things plus it has GPS! It also looks very cool and slick. I saw this in global golf post a while back which qualifies you for a free subscription if you register http://www.globalgolfpost.com/vpar_kiawahsweepstake/ Seems to still be open so worth a try.

    • Rick

      May 7, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Thanks for the freebee link Jake, this app is great especially as I didn’t have to pay for it!

  4. Justin

    Apr 29, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Golf Gamebook is the best I know of by far. Our group has been using it for about a year. So easy to use and setup. You can setup games on the website or from the app. Also easy to share live leaderboards. Live comments as well, so when you can’t make it out you can still heckle your buddies that can’t get off the bogey train!

  5. Greg

    Apr 28, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    You mean Android. Samsung is merely a hardware manufacturer.

    • Tyler

      Apr 30, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      No he probably means Samsung. When writing apps for android devices it is particular to the devices. That is why some apps will work for some people and not others (using a different phone) even on the same android OS.

  6. Joey5Picks

    Apr 28, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Check out scrolf.com for a smartphone leaderboard. It’s not an app and nothing to download. It’s all web-based. It used to be free, but now it’s $1 per round per player (or team in a scramble).

  7. The dude

    Apr 28, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Great……another toy to slow down play ( when the inevitable dork is checking on the course)…. Other than that….pretty cool 🙂

  8. paul

    Apr 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Sooo…. Just apple and windows and Samsung… What about android devices that are not by Samsung…? I am starting to wonder if people think that only Samsung makes android phones.

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Puma unveil new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

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Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

Puma Golf has launched its new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear – a new version of the NXT with premium leather accents.

The upper of the shoe features a premium leather saddle wrapped around Pwrframe reinforcement. The Pwrframe TPU is an ultra-thin frame that is placed in high-stress areas of the upper for lightweight in a bid to offer added support and increased stability.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The new additions feature Puma’s Pro-Form TPU outsole with an organically-altered traction pattern, containing over 100 strategically placed directional hexagon lugs in proper zones, designed to provide maximum stability and traction.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The Ignite NXT Crafted footwear contain a full-length IGNITE Foam midsole, wrapped in Soleshield in design to offer maximum durability, comfort and energy return. Soleshield is a micro-thin TPU film that is vacuum-formed around the midsole designed to make cleaning off dirt and debris effortless.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

Speaking on the new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear, Andrew Lawson, PLM Footwear, Puma Golf said

“The Ignite NXT Crafted perfectly fuse the beauty of handcrafted shoemaking with modern development techniques to deliver optimum elegance and peak performance. With the combination of style and performance these shoes will appeal to a wide variety of golfers – those who appreciate the classic look of a leather saddle shoe and those who value modern comfort and stability technologies being a part of their game.”

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The Ignite NXT Crafted shoes are available in 4 colorways: White-Leather Brown-Team Gold, Black-Leather Brown-Team Gold, Peacoat-Leather Brown-Team Gold and White-Hi-Rise-Team Gold) and come in sizes 7-15.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The shoes cost $140 per pair and are available online and at retail beginning today, June 5, 2020.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the best Nike driver ever

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Nike drivers. WRXer ‘DixieD’ is currently building up a Nike bag and has reached out to fellow members for driver advice, and WRXers have been sharing what they feel is the best Nike driver ever made.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Ger21: “VR Pro LE? I have two I was still playing last year.”
  • mahonie: “The STR8-Fit Tour was one of the best drivers I’ve played. Still have it the garage and take it to the range occasionally…it would possibly still be in the bag if it hadn’t developed a ‘click’ in the head which I cannot fix. Long, straight(ish) and nice sound.”
  • jackr189: “The VR_S is one of the best.”
  • Finaus_Umbrella: “I played the Vapor Fly Pro, and still do on occasion for nostalgia sake. Sound and feel are great, but it demands a good strike.”
  • PowderedToastMan: “I enjoyed the SQ Tour back in the day, the one Tiger used forever. Do I miss it? Not at all, but it was a pretty good club for its time.”

Entire Thread: “Best Nike driver?”

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What GolfWRXers are saying about driving irons for mid-handicappers

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In our forums, our members have been discussing whether mid-handicappers can benefit from a driving iron. WRXer ‘jomatty’ says:

“I average about 230 off the tee on good drives. I can get a little more sometimes, but 230 is probably the average. I’m 42 years old and shoot in the mid to low 80’s. I do not get along with fairway woods very well, especially off the tee, and really don’t get enough extra length over my hybrid to consider using it aside from very rare situations on par 5’s (I’ve considered just going from driver to 19-degree hybrid and getting an extra wedge or something).”…

…and wants to know if he would be better served by a driving iron. Our members have been sharing their thoughts and suggestions.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • MtlJeff: “If you can shoot mid 80’s, you probably hit it well enough to hit a bunch of different clubs. Personally, I think hybrids are easier to hit….but some driving irons are quite forgiving. I use a G400 crossover that is very easy to hit and looks more iron-like. Something like that you might like. Be careful with some of them though because they aren’t always super forgiving, so you’d have to hit them first.”
  • HackerD: “G410 crossover is my version of a driving iron, feel like I hit it straighter than a hybrid. Just as easy to hit as a hybrid.”
  • hanginnwangin: “I shoot in the low 80s normally and in the 70s on my really good days. I have probably around the same or similar swing speed as you. I have been hitting my 4 iron off the tee on tight holes, and it’s been working pretty well so far. I hit it about 190-220. I have a 4 hybrid but just can’t hit it as consistently as the 4 iron, and it doesn’t even go much farther. I have a 5 wood which I only use for 220+ yard par 3s or wide-open fairways. Basically, it’s all personal preference and what you do best with. Everyone is going to be different. Try new stuff out and see what works. But if irons are the strongest part of your game (they are for me as well), I would give the 4 iron a shot. You can get a lot of roll out on the tee shots with it,”
  • Hellstrom: “Don’t laugh, but I bought a 17* hybrid with a senior flex shaft at a garage sale for $5, and I can hit it nice and easy and keep it in play without losing any distance. My driver SS is between 105 and 110 usually and swinging this thing feels like swinging a spaghetti noodle, but it works. I don’t have it in the bag all the time, but I do use it for certain courses. I take my 6 iron out and throw that in, so if I struggle with getting the ball off the tee, I just go to that.”

Entire Thread: “Driving iron for a mid-handicapper”

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