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WRX Spotlight: The Wolf Scorecard App

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Product: The Wolf Scorecard App

What is Wolf?

Wolf is played with a foursome where new teams are created on every hole. At the beginning of the round, it is decided who will open as the ‘Wolf’, a role which will then alternate between the four players after each hole.

After players tee off on the hole, the wolf on the hole can choose a partner or choose to play alone for that hole. Should the wolf or the partner win that hole, then both players will be awarded two points. If the wolf and their partner lose, then the other two members receive three points. Should the ‘lone wolf’ beat the other three players on that hole then the wolf wins four points. Any player who overcomes a lone wolf on the hole is awarded one point.

With the Wolf Scorecard App, the app will handle the rules, points and scores so you can enjoy playing the fun game with your friends easily.

Last week, I talked to the creator of The Wolf Scorecard App, Rod Biresch, to ask him a few questions on his Wolf app:

How did the Wolf App come about, what was the inspiration behind its creation?

Rod: I’ve been playing the game Wolf for almost as long as I’ve been playing golf. Back in 2016, I was playing wolf with a group of close friends. At one point on the back 9, I realized there was a mistake made with the score and tee order. A good friend of mine got a little frustrated and said, “Rod, you build apps…why not build something for Wolf”? Now, this was not the first time we messed up playing wolf, but it was the final straw. In Dec. 2016, I decided to use some vacation time and built the first version of the Wolf Golf Scorecard. It was released early 2017.

What’s the advantage of the Wolf App for players wanting to play the game? 

Rod: One big advantage using the Wolf Golf Scorecard app is that it will track the player tee order for you. Wolf requires a tee order rotation on every hole, which can be top-to-bottom or bottom-to-top depending on the position of the Wolf (first or last). Tee order is the #1 question asked on almost every hole, e.g. “Who’s Wolf?”, “Who do I follow?”, “Who tees off first?” Another advantage is the recently added feature to reorder the tee for holes #17 & #18. This was a requested feature that gives the user the option to change the tee order to allow for player(s) with the least amount of points to be wolf to hopefully make up ground on the competition. This turned out to be a great feature and added a lot of fun/banter to the game.

Do players need to be connected to the internet for the App to work?

Rod: No internet or cellular data required. I really wanted to be able to have the app work in the most remote places that may not have cell signals. Also, if you have an old phone or tablet that does not have a SIM card, then the app could work without issue.

Is the App aimed at a specific group of golfers, or is it universal?

Rod: The app was built for golfers who like to play games while playing golf. It’s really for all golfers.

Can players trial the game before purchasing the App? 

Rod: At this time, the app does not support a trial. I like to tell golfers that the app is the cost of 1 domestic beer, but the enjoyment will last much longer! 

What has been the reaction to the App from users so far?

Rod: The reaction I’ve received from users has been overwhelmingly positive. I often get contacted by people requesting new features to make Wolf more enjoyable. One fun thing was to add a wolf “howling” sound when the user taps on the player that wants to go lone wolf. A friend of mine will NOT tee off until he hears the “howl” when he goes lone wolf. Again, making things fun on the golf course. I have had many requests for an iOS version of the app. That work is underway and I hope to have an iOS version out sometime in 2021. Until then I tell iOS users that if they have an Amazon Fire Tablet, then they can download the app from the Amazon Appstore. Or, just use an old Android phone/tablet and download it from the Google Play Store.

Our thoughts on the Wolf Scorecard App

For starters, Wolf is one of the most fun games to play on the golf course, but keeping track of the intricacies of the game while fully focusing on your play can be tricky. With the Wolf Scorecard App, all of that stress is removed.

Visually the app is fantastic and not overly complicated; tracking your scores, points and payout with a ton of cool custom options and allows for a great user experience.

The app allows you to break the game down into separate nines, features the ‘Blind Wolf’ option, which will multiply point values (a player calls “Blind Wolf” on a hole before anyone tees off), and even includes a fun howling wolf sound when the lone wolf is selected which can be turned on and off.

As Rod stated, no mobile data is needed to play the game, which is a great bonus if your course is in a remote area, as is the fact that there are no ads whatsoever which makes the experience much more enjoyable than you get with other golf apps. In addition, there is zero lag on the app, and it is fast and super easy to use.

The app is available on Google Play and the Amazon app store at a price of just $4.99. If you’re a fan of Wolf, you will simply adore this and will likely play the game far more than you normally do, and for those interested in playing for the first time, this is the perfect introduction to a complicated game made simple by the Wolf Scorecard App.

Download the app here.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. John

    Apr 16, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Just what we need – something else to slow play down.

  2. Noonan

    Mar 22, 2021 at 9:57 am

    Need a Wolf Hammer add on!!!

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The thin face is supported with SpeedFoam – a glue(-like substance) that also doubles as a way to acoustically tune the iron for feel.

The P790s firmly sit in the “players distance” iron category, but consumer data has shown that they have been used by golfers ranging in handicap from 25 to plus 2. What makes them so appealing to such a broad audience is a thinner topline appearance with a squared-off toe built into an iron designed for distance. The new Black P790s are only growing to grow this appeal.

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Right-handed Ben Hogan Equalizer II wedges are available in even-numbered lofts from 48 through 62 degrees in both traditional nickel-chrome, and Diamond Black Metal (DBM) finishes. Left-handed models are limited to 50, 54, 58-degree lofts with the nickel-chrome finish only. Likewise, the Texas Grind sole is limited to right-handed 50, 54, 58-degree lofts with a nickel-chrome finish. 

Ben Hogan Equalizer II wedges are available for order now at www.BenHoganGolf.com and www.BenHoganGolf.eu, though they will not be shipped nor available for demo until late April. 

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