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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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Millet Lite X Bettinardi unveil patriotic Fourth of July collection

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Miller Lite and Bettinardi Golf have teamed up to create a limited-edition collection dropping ahead of the Fourth of July, with the collection integrating iconic looks for each brand and featuring a patriotic red, white, and blue color palette.

The collaboration features two bespoke putters, along with putter headcovers, golf bags, wood headcovers, ball markers, divot tool, golf towel, golf polo shirt, hats, t-shirt, cooler, LED neon and koozies, with prices ranging from $35-$2,300.

“Miller Lite believes in authentic connections, and the golf course is an amazing place to bond with close friends for a few hours. With roots in the Midwest, we sought a golf partner who shared similar values and delivered a high-quality, dependable product. The partnership between Bettinardi Golf and Miller Lite is the perfect combination of fun, pride and mission to bring superior quality products when it comes to trusting what you drink and what you play with on the golf course.” – Jeff Schulman, marketing manager for Miller Lite.

The Fourth of July collection will be available from June 29 at 10 am CDT, at shop.MillerLite.com and Bettinardi.com in The Hive.

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Addressing club fitting’s biggest myth: It’s only for good players

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By far, one of the biggest misconceptions among golfers is that club fitting is only helpful to the most skilled who can really “tell the difference.” This couldn’t be further from the truth. Getting fit for a set of clubs is no different than getting fit for a suit or a dress — everybody can benefit from having something tailored just for them, whether it be simple adjustments or a full-blown bespoke experience.

To break down one of the club fitting world’s greatest myths, we have teamed up with Club Champion to help you better understand how the process can help you have more fun and play better golf.

What are the benefits of a club fitting for any level of golfer?

  • For higher handicap and more beginner golfers, a club fitting helps to eliminate unnecessary variables that work against you on the course and while practicing. Especially for beginners or people taking lessons, it’s imperative to have equipment that works with your body, not against it. The right clubs prevent you from having to compensate for things like lengths that are too short or grips that are the wrong size.
  • By working with a fitter, a golfer will get a better understanding of how his/her body and natural swing motion relate to their equipment.
  • A fitting will help any golfer find out exactly what they need to achieve their specific performance or scoring goals.
  • Fittings lead to lower scores, more distance, better dispersion, and a lot of other benefits whether you’re a high handicapper or a scratch golfer. The reason pros tinker with their clubs all the time is because details matter.
  • It’s not just about making your best shots better, it’s about making your worst shots more playable. This applies across all skill levels, and the more a fitter can help keep the ball closer to the intended target, the quicker you are going to see results on the course and on your scorecard.

How does a less skilled golfer specifically benefit from a club fitting?

  • The interesting thing is higher handicaps actually benefit more since there tends to be more low-hanging fruit that fitters can adjust that help them see instant results. In a way, it’s like making sure you have the right size bike, if you try to ride a poorly fit bike you will always struggle, but as soon as you have the right fit — you’re flying.
  • As mentioned above, a fitting helps beginners by removing obstacles that work against their natural swing motion.
  • We fit a lot of golfers and generally, there’s an education gap with higher handicaps in terms of what technology is out there to help their game. We’ve had people come in with 20-year-old clubs who don’t know what sort of clubs are available in the market now and how much easier newer clubs can be to hit. If we use players on the lower end of the speed spectrum as an example – in the last 5 years have we seen a huge improvement in lighter weight shaft technology.
  • We see some of the biggest gains with putters, a club many golfers really don’t think that much about when it comes to fitting. Most golfers just buy the style that suits their eye, not their stroke, so there are massive improvements to be had on the green. It could be a whole new putter or just a grip and length change but when you consider how many shots you take make on the greens, a 15-20 percent improvement can be a game-changer.

How does something on the level of a “basic” fitting help golfers over using off the rack?

  • Small details like shaft flex, length, and swing weight play a huge factor in success, and when you buy off the rack you’re just guessing on how those and many other factors will work for you.
  • Even just having your existing set adjusted will lead to better golf. Even if it’s not absolutely optimized, small tweaks are a lot more benficial than off the rack clubs built for the masses.
  • No golfer is truly “average” in the sense that everyone’s body is so different. Height, swing motion, strength/speed, attack angle, etc. all of these things change from person-to-person, even if everyone in the test group is the same handicap. Lastly, stock clubs are mass-produced, which can lead to inconsistencies throughout the set and those variables can be addressed and eliminated even with a basic fitting.
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How a significant putting change has helped Nelly Korda hit top form

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Nelly Korda is in contention after day one of the KPMG Womens’ PGA Championship, just a week after dominating at the Meijer Classic.

That victory last week came after a disappointing performance at the U.S. Open, where Nelly shot 11-over over the opening two days to miss the cut.

That performance, however, sparked two significant changes for Nelly on the greens, and both are evidently working.

Following the missed cut at the U.S. Open, Nelly decided to putt left-hand-low, and after her opening round of 2-under this week, told media why her putting feels better now.

“I just feel like left hand low, my shoulders are way more square. I feel like, when I was conventional, I really lifted my left shoulder higher, and when I was under pressure, I feel like I stopped using my shoulders as much. So for me, it’s more just posture.”

The younger Korda sister also switched putters following the U.S. Open, dropping her Scotty Cameron Select Concept 2 Prototype (GSS insert) traditional blade for a Scotty Special Select Squareback 2.

Nelly has used the left-hand-low technique in the past but was under no illusions as to how difficult it is to make a change such as this mid-season, saying: “It’s a hard change, especially in tournaments under pressure. You’ve really got to commit to it. So it’s a big change.”

The 22-year-old tees off for her second round of the Womens’ PGA Championship today at 1.22 PM ET live on Golf Channel.

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