GOLF GEEK BY DAN RICHARDS
The Best Apps for Golfers SUPER STICKMAN GOLF
For many players, the golf course is a sacred ground where mobile phones should be left in the locker. However, that way of thinking may soon evolve with recent advancements in golf technology.
here you are, midbackswing, about to make a perfect strike on the ball when suddenly your concentration is broken with the piercing ring of your playing partner’s mobile phone... argh! After a stern look over to the perpetrator, you wonder what happened to one of the last remaining mobile free zones, the golf course.
The challenge we as modern golfers face is finding the right balance of technology usage in our game from the newest clubs, to swing analyzers, GPS devices, mobile apps, range finders, live event broadcasts and everything in between. To help you find that inner balance and keep you updated on the latest technology we introduce you to our new monthly column, Golf Geek. Whether or not you believe mobile phones belong on the golf course, we’ve prepared a list of our favourite golf apps for your mobile device that are certain to improve your game and entertain wherever you may be. Just remember to silence your phone before hitting the links and to not let your technology usage impact the experience of your fellow golfers.
Golf Shot: $29.99 A GPS device, stat tracker and handicap calculator all in one, the Golf Shot app is like having a personal caddy in your pocket. No technical skill is required to use this comprehensive app as distances are easy to read and stats are cleanly presented at the end of each round. Once downloaded, the app is ready to go with current scorecards, GPS targets and aerial views for more than 110+ courses throughout Indonesia. Additionally, unlike many GPS devices on the market, no annual subscription is needed. mScorecard: Free A stripped down version of Golf Shot, this app is for golfers on a budget seeking the functionality of a stat tracker, GPS distances, side bet calculator and handicapping all in one while not requiring an emphasis on design. If it were up to us, we’d splurge for the app with a better user interface. V1 Golf: $4.99 An instant favourite of golfers looking to improve their game, the V1 Golf app captures your golf swing in full HD while allowing you to analyze it in a variety of ways to help identify swing flaws. Videos can be slowed down, marked up, and saved for later in a virtual locker. The best feature of the app is the ability to compare your swing with that of your favourite PGA professional side-by-side.
USGA Rules: Free Ever wonder if the ball falling off the tee actually counts as a stroke? With the USGA Rules app you can easily look up and search for your answer. Hint: see Rule 11-3. Updated with the most current rules of play, this easy to navigate app is excellent for the golf purist who wants to play the game correctly or just keep their buddies in check. The Masters Golf Tournament: Free Just weeks away from the first major of the year, this app will get you fired up for the Masters like never before. With a comprehensive archive of Masters moments, live HD streaming, hole-byhole overviews, a live leader board and exclusive content, this app puts you in the gallery of Augusta National from 16,800km away. Super Stickman Golf: Free Next time you find yourself stuck in traffic and daydreaming of being on the course, try a few holes of Super Stickman Golf. The object of the game is simple - beat par. With an array of sticky, ice and nitro balls to choose from, players are required to carry water hazards, bottomless pits and bunkers just like in real life. Note: All apps are compatible with Android and iOS.
MEET THE CADDY BY THE CADDY HUNTER
Meet the Caddy—Titi
shrill cry of applause reverberates amongst the tightly forested holes which comprise Jagorawi New Course. I glance over to locate the source of the noise which alas is not supporters lining the fairway congratulating me on my recent success (a par believe it or not), but rather a 5’2” Indonesian caddy with the rather apt name of Titi. Titi is a caddy who is not only blessed with good looks more akin to strutting her stuff on a catwalk than wandering through the undergrowth searching for my golf ball, but actually has something that is, and forgive me in advance for writing this, missing in the majority of other female so-called ‘caddies’; a golf brain. Female caddies in Indonesia, especially in the Jakarta and Bogor area are a dime a dozen. Typically, they are girls with illfitting uniforms and a face so plastered in a base layer of makeup that one would
think that the only thing left to do is to whip out the paintbrush before glossing over the top. However Titi, and we expatriates have all said this before from time to time, is different. Hailing from just a 7 iron distance outside of Bogor (or if the editor of this magazine is hitting, it would need to be a reasonably struck driver), Titi at 22 is the youngest of three children and has been working at Jagorawi for a smidgen over two years.
Unlike the majority of the sweet young ladies that populate the golf courses from Jakarta through to Bali, Titi is blessed with a knowledge of the game that most caddies are sadly missing. An appreciation of golf etiquette, understanding of the oft-tricky rules that have tendency to befuddle amateurs and professionals alike (ask a certain Mr. Woods), a thorough knowledge of the course layout and above all, and probably most importantly for an extremely average golfer like myself, a cheerful and encouraging personality and level of companionship that thankfully sees the iPhone stay firmly within the confines of her handbag for the entire time that she is marauding through the hutan tracking down my seemingly unloseable golf ball. In between my ever-increasingly wayward shots I ask her what brought her to Jagorawi, and how she had the pleasure of accompanying me today. “I live close to Palm Hill Golf Course but they were not hiring caddies. A friend who lived close by suggested Jagorawi to me and that was it. I want to be outdoors. I like being out in the fresh air.” Her favourite part of the job? “Tournaments,” she retorts in
an understandable mix of Ind-Glish before carrying on, “There are many tournaments here, maybe two a month that I caddy in. If my player has a good score, that makes me feel very proud of the job I do.” I pry further, “So if your player plays well, does that equate to a good tip?” all the while taking a look at her brand new Adidas trainers that adorn her petite feet. She laughs nervously, which I take to mean that her bank balance is what one would describe as ‘healthy’, but I should mind my own business. And the answer to the most important question that all red-blooded males are surely asking by now is that Titi is not married, yet. Our round concludes on the 18th (which by no coincidence was my best in quite a while), with a radiant smile and a chirpy thank you before Titi, with a strength of a Canadian Swamp-Logger that belies her small frame, lugs my over-laden golf bag to the bag drop area and I retire to the shower with a thousand thoughts running through my mind. Golf in Indonesia in general is excellent. Golf in Indonesia with a female caddy (without a plaster of Paris face), is even more so.
GOLFINDONESIA .BIZ / MARCH 2014 /
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