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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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VRST Golf unveils new clothing line for 2023

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This week, a new golf clothing line was announced by VRST Golf.

The brand launched in 2021 and is a men’s apparel line that brings style and versatility to both the athlete and everyday man, where pieces can be worn for training to casually getting around town.

With the Golf season right around the corner, their first-ever golf collection brings modern style that can be worn on-course and off. You can find all of the available items here: VRST

VRST Golf offers versatile and trendy golf tops, bottoms, and layering pieces. The line provides styling options for the versatile golfer with gear that goes beyond the course. The collection is now available online and at select DICK’S Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy locations and will be expanding to over 180 store locations by end of February.

Check out VRST’s launch video here:

 

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Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K lineup now includes mallets

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What you need to know: In January 2022, in the name of creating a blades with the MOI of mallets and forward CG, Odyssey threw everything at the wall with the Tri-Hot 5K family of blade putters: stainless steel, tungsten, 6061 aircraft grade aluminum. A year later, the company is bringing the same technology package to mallets with the Rossie and Seven models. The Tri-Hot 5K lineup now stands at seven putters (four with multiple necks).

2023 Odyssey Tri-Hot putters: Features and technology

Engineers applied the “Tri-Hot formula” utilized in blade putters in 2022 to move CG forward and raise MOI for a more forgiving mallet design — and a 5,000 IZZ inertia level (hence “5K”). Golfers will see improved speed and spin control, as well as consistency on off-center hits, according to the company, resulting in golf balls that finish closer to the hole when sub-optimally struck.

Stainless steel front: Odyssey touts the side-spin reducing capabilities of the 303 stainless steel hosel and face area for off-center putts. Tighter dispersion and putts that a more likely to go in results. Acting in a complementary fashion, the rear of the mallets are milled for tighter shape and weight tolerances that allows the CG to remain forward.

Tungsten front weights: Up to 120 grams of tungsten is positioned behind the face in the heel and toe sections of the putter heads. The resulting forward CG improves roll and increases inertia.

Interchangeable front weights: Available in 5, 10, 15 and 20 grams to dial in head weight and performance.

White Hot insert: 2023 Tri-Hot 5K putters add the iconic two-part urethane White Hot insert, which was originally developed using the same material as Callaway’s Rule 35 golf ball. White Hot, with its “firm but soft” properties has been a long-time favorite of Callaway staffers and recreational golfers. According to Callaway, “They’ve been asking for us to bring these technologies back and we’ve listened.” Can’t argue with that.

Stroke Lab shaft: The newest generation of Callaway’s multi-material Stroke Lab shaft features a shortened steel section and reduced weight (seven grams). Additionally it is stiffer. All of this leads to more stability and consistency.

Additional model details

Full lineup details — and who they’re for — including 2022 releases, via Callaway. 

One: A classically shaped heel toe weighted putter with a crank neck hosel creating moderate toe hang making it suitable for strokes that have moderate arc and face rotation

Two: A classically shaped heel toe weighted putter with a crank neck hosel creating moderate toe hang making it suitable for strokes that have moderate arc and face rotation. Less rounded than the One.

Three: A classically shaped heel toe weighted putter with a flow neck hosel yielding more toe hang making it suitable for strokes with more aggressive swing arc and face rotation

Double Wide (CH, CB): CH: A wide blade with a crank neck hosel yielding moderate toe hang making it suitable for strokes with moderate swing arc and face rotation. CS: Face-balanced center shafted wide blade making it suitable for strokes with minimal swing arc and face rotation

Triple Wide (DB, CS): DB: A face-balanced double bend wide blade making it suitable for strokes with minimal swing arc and face rotation. CS: A face-balanced center shafted wide blade making it suitable for strokes with minimal swing arc and face rotation.

Rossie: (DB, S): DB: A face-balanced double bend mallet suitable for strokes with minimal arc and face rotation. S: A mallet with a short slant hosel, suitable for strokes with arc and face rotation.

Seven (DB, S, CH): DB: A face-balanced double bend mallet suitable for strokes with minimal arc and face rotation. S:  mallet with a short slant hosel, suitable for strokes with arc and face rotation. CH: a mallet with a crank hosel, suitable for strokes with moderate arc and face rotation.

Pricing and availability

At retail: March 2, 2022

Price: $399.99

Standard grip: Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Pistol

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Best players irons of 2023 – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the best ‘Players’ irons of 2023. WRXer ‘odshot68’ kicks off the thread saying, “Looking to get a new set of players irons this spring and wondering what you guys like. Distance control is very important; I’m not a fan of irons with hotspots,” and our members have been selecting their favorites from recent releases in our forum.

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.

  • noodle3872: “Titleist T100/T100S should be in the conversation.”
  • sadclevelandsports: “I love my T100s, but recently tried the new Cobra CBs, and they are just as high quality.”
  • edwelly: “I have been fortunate enough to have several nice sets of irons. A couple of Maura sets and, most recently, the Bridgestone J40s. Today I took out my new Srixon ZX5/ZX7s, and they are phenomenal irons. I cannot recommend those enough. “
  • KevCannon: “T100 should be on the shortlist to try.”

Entire Thread: “Best Players irons of 2023 – GolfWRXers discuss”

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