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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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Details of Collin Morikawa’s WITB changes at The Open

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Editor’s note: We filed this piece for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report.

Collin Morikawa’s superb play over the opening two days of The 149th Open Championship has come after the American made some equipment adjustments heading into this week.

The 24-year-old, who shot 67-64 in the opening two rounds at Royal St. George’s, swapped out three key irons before Thursday’s opening round.

Morikawa switched from his TaylorMade P730 irons to the brand’s P7MC model in his 7-iron through 9-iron, a decision made after finding the P7MCs aided his turf interaction and provided a more centered ball strike, as well as a touch more forgiveness.

“I changed my irons, my 9- through 7-iron that I normally have blades in. I changed to the MCs strictly because I couldn’t find the center of the face,” said Morikawa following his second round. “Those are three crucial clubs that are some of my favorite clubs. My 8-iron is my favorite club in the bag, and when I wasn’t able to hit it (well) last week well, I knew I had to try something different.”

Last week’s Scottish Open was Morikawa’s first experience on the links. He finished T71.

Full piece here. 

Featured image via @sms_on_tour.

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Jordan Spieth WITB 2021 (July)

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Jordan Spieth what’s in the bag accurate as of The Open.

Driver: Titleist TSi3 (10 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X

Irons: Titleist T200 (2021) (2), Titleist T100 (2021) (4-9)
Shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 95 X Hybrid (2), True Temper Project X 6.5 (4-9)

Jordan Spieth’s bag at The Open. (Courtesy of SMS on Tour)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46-10F @8, 52-08F, 56-10S), Vokey Proto (60-T)
Shafts: True Temper Project X 6.0 (6.5 in 46)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T 009
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Flatso 1.0

Grips: SuperStroke S-Tech

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x (2021)

Featured image courtesy of @sms_on_tour.

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Whats in the Bag

Louis Oosthuizen WITB 2021 (July)

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Equipment accurate as of The Open Championship. 

Driver: Ping G400 (9 degrees @8.75) (D4)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 S (45 inches, tipped 1.5 inch)

3-wood:  TaylorMade SIM2 Titanium (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Tour Spec 7.2 X

Irons: Ping Blueprint (3-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (4-PW)

Wedges:  Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth Wedges (50-SS, 54-SS), Ping Prototype Glide Forged Pro (60-TS)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Ping PLD Voss Prototype
Shaft: Stability Shaft Tour
Grip: Ping PP58 midsize full cord

Grips: SwitchGrips ER

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Thanks to @sms_on_tour for the photos.

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