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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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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (04/30/21): Black copper Scratch iron heads

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for an extremely rare set of Scratch golf AR1 iron heads finished in “black copper”.

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link:  Scratch AR1 iron heads

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Fujikura announces second-generation MC Putter shaft

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As the shaft company with one of the hottest driver shaft lines in golf—thanks to the Ventus series—Fujikura knows its way around creating great products designed to enhance feel and performance.

Fuji is now bringing this drive for innovation to the putting green with the introduction of the second generation MC Putter shaft designed to offer increased stability with three different models to fit a golfer’s stroke and feel preference.

A long time coming

To say that putter shafts went a long time without innovation would be an understatement. Beyond some slight tweaks to flex and weight, the traditional steel putter shaft has remained unchanged for well over 100 years. Until recently, most golfers never even considered that a putter shaft could be a source for improvement in feel and consistency yet week after week we see more players at the highest level looking for any advantage on the greens and this is where the MC Putter shaft comes in.

Technology

Metal Core

Unlike what is currently available in the market, the MC is a multi-material full-length graphite putter shaft that also features a metal core at the tip (that’s where “MC” comes from) along with a copper wrap towards the butt section to enhance mass properties without sacrificing feel.

The metal core plays a dual role, by adding extra mass towards the tip which saves engineers from needlessly adding extra layers of carbon fiber to adjust the balance point. The reason this is such a key factor in feel is that at a certain point the extra layers and wall thickness actually starts to dilute the level of feedback you are getting from impact. It’s the difference between catching a baseball with a proper glove versus trying to catch it with throw pillows—sure you can do it, but your level of awareness for everything that occurs during impact is completely gone.

Rubber composite

This technology combines carbon fiber and rubber for the entire length of the shaft to further reduce unwanted vibration at impact. By dampening the unwanted vibrations, the feel of the shaft is amplified to provide better responsiveness which leads to things like improved distance control.

What about stability?

This is where the conversation gets really interesting because all three models offer extremely low torque while using less graphite in the tip than the all graphite competition. This low torque combined with the enhanced feel properties creates less twisting at impact without the “deadening” feel and helps reduce dispersion off the face.

As an example the X-Firm MC Putter shaft CPM’s at over 600 which although seems like an arbitrary number is over 100 cycles stiffer than the next closest competition, has lower torque, yet still offers all the technology to maintain feel that golfers expect from their putter.

Price, specs, and availability

The all-new Fujikura MC Putter shafts are available now through authorized Fujikura dealers and are priced at $250. They are currently available in .355″ taper which can be tipped a small amount to fit .370″, and only work in plumbers neck or “shaft in” center shafted putters.

Specs

  • Smooth – The shaft profile creates more feel in the hands
  • Firm – Smoother than steel, enhanced feel from rubber composite.
  • X-Firm – This ultra-stable shaft offers instant feedback and the firmest feel

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Wesley Bryan 2021 WITB (April)

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Driver: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond LS (10.5 degrees set to 9.5) (10g weight in front, 6g weight in the back)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX (45 1/8 inches, tipped 1 inch, D4)

3-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (15 degrees @14.7) (10g weight in front, 9g weight in the back)
Shaft: Aldila Synergy Green 75 TX (42 inches, tipped 1 inch, D4)

Hybrid: Callaway Apex (20 degrees @18.9)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 95 X Hybrid

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro 2Dot (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Callaway Jaws MD5 Raw (50-10S, 54-10S @53, 58-08C)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey Metal X Milled #2

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X LS (low spin)

 

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