This year’s Ryder Cup, the 43rd between USA and Europe, is one of the most hotly anticipated in the almost 100-year history of the competition. With the 2020 match being postponed due to the pandemic, making it three years since Europe’s win at Le Golf National in France, the excitement for the tee-off in Wisconsin is palpable.
Written by Louie Bailey
5 Best Golf Apps in 2021
There are so many great golf apps on the market today, it’s hard to decide which one or more to download and when to use them. Here are our picks for five of the best apps you need to download on your mobile device, whether you’re watching a PGA Tour event or hitting the links yourself.
1. PGA Tour
Let’s start with the one that’s pure pleasure – the PGA Tour app. Available on Android and Apple, both will keep you seriously close to every PGA Tour tournament with live coverage and highlights. There’s also trending content, the ability to track your favorite players, upcoming events, and best of all, TOURCast 3D, which brings a digital experience to every player with 3D shot trails and highlights. The only downside is it’s so addicting you may have trouble putting your phone down!
2. Golf GPS and Scorecard
The second is the Golf GPS and Scorecard. Created by SwingU, this app is exceptionally accurate and rivals expensive watches and rangefinders but costs nothing. You can upgrade to an AI-powered digital caddie, but the free version works on every course in the world, tracks your shots with a digital scorecard, and sets your handicap.
If you want to go handicap high-tech, consider TheGrint. Track your score on your phone via their course scorecards or take a photo and upload your scorecard! What makes TheGrint great is you can log in and check your scoring, iron accuracy, putting (and more) to check your strengths against their database of millions of golf rounds. Log in and compete against your golfing buddies!
4. V1 Golf
If you want to analyze your swing, consider our fourth app pick from V1 Golf. Not only can you video and review your swing, but you can watch on a split-screen against 50 PGA and LPGA players. Best of all, it’s free!
Finally, from GolfLogix – courses, tee times, GPS, and even scoring and stats. But what puts this app miles ahead is its Putt Breaks feature, so you can see the contours of the green you are approaching; and Putt Lines, to view the break of any putt anywhere on the green.
Beyond Apps - Cart Tek’s Best Electric Golf Push Carts
The best golf apps can help improve your game but getting a natural feel for a course and avoiding any delays can be best summed up by considering a remote-control golf caddy from Cart Tek. As a leader in the industry with unmatched quality, Cart Tek transforms the lugging of a golf bag or the inconvenience of two players trying to share a riding cart into a pleasurable and easy experience.
Imagine having an electric golf trolley that takes no pushing, no struggle, and allows you to walk freely with nothing more than an occasional tweak of the handle to adjust direction, even on hilly courses. It just takes the press of a button to stop or resume the amazing GRi-975Li with its automatic downhill braking and robust motors.
If you want to go hands free, consider a Cart Tek remote control golf caddy like the GRi-1500Li V2 and spend your time studying the course, your swing, and your choice of clubs, instead of worrying about carrying the right club from your riding golf cart – all your clubs are right there with you, at the push of a button.
And speaking of apps, when you purchase one of Cart Tek’s golf carts or trolleys, there’s no commitment to using a specific app with them – you can use any apps. It’s just one more reason why you should invest in a Cart Tek remote control golf caddy or electric golf trolley today!
If you consider the added health benefits of walking your favorite golf course with an electric golf caddy, especially a remote-control model that can lead or follow you like a well-trained and loving dog, then Cart Tek is for you.
In this article, we’ll answer these questions:
- When is the best time to buy golf clubs?
- How to buy your first set of golf clubs
- When it’s time to upgrade your golf clubs
- How to get the right clubs for your age
Unless you’re living in year-round warm weather climates, there’s a lot less golf being played over the winter months. To keep sales going strong, that’s when many of the major manufacturers and suppliers of golf clubs and accessories or keep prices nearest to their year-round lows while offering additional incentives.
But is it the best time to buy? It depends. If you’re looking to buy your first set, replace your gear, or upgrade your game, you might be surprised to know you can find deals in almost every season. Here’s a season-by-season breakdown on when you can find the best deals on golf clubs and some things to consider when making a purchase.
Buying Golf Equipment in Winter
With fewer players hitting the course, the golf season is wrapping up. That means this year’s club models are about to become last year’s news. Just like in the auto business, when the new models hit the showroom, last year’s models get marked down.
Some sellers are looking to clear out their inventory to make room for the new models that they will be selling shortly.
Some of the best deals found on golf clubs and caddies happen right around the holiday season as people shop for gifts for the golfers in the family. Pricing may not drop a great deal, but you can often find different incentives, such as sales or club member discounts that help the overall pricing.
Golf Equipment Deals in Late Winter/Early Spring
If retailers still have last year’s models on hand, spring is when you’ll likely find the best prices – assuming you’re OK bypassing this year’s latest-and-greatest. This is the prime time to get last season’s model at its cheapest price, as all the newest models are hitting the shelves as well.
In a cold-weather climate, no one is thinking about golfing during this time of year, so you may be able to find some great deals. Deals will start popping up more frequently as spring nears, and new gear arrives.
Buying Golf Equipment in Spring
Die-hard golf enthusiasts are in the market all year long. Casual golfers typically don’t think about their equipment until the weather starts to warm. As new models hit the stores, suppliers know that demand is increasing as well. There may be fewer discounts on the new models, but deep discounts on last season’s supply.
Buying Golf Equipment in Summer
As we get into summer, demand for new clubs starts to really take off. Besides casual golfers that are now hitting the links, avid golfers are looking for new clubs, replacing worn-out clubs, and looking for something to add to their game. It’s typically when most people realize that their gear is lacking, as the weather has warmed up and improved and they’re playing more often.
Golf Equipment Deals in Fall
This is the time of year when some stores start trying to sell off their current gear to make way for new models in the spring. Some stores do wait for spring to discount clubs, but Fall is a great time to look for gear.
Buying Your First Set of Golf Clubs
If it’s your first time looking for clubs, it can be confusing. You’ve tried the clubs at the driving range, used a friend’s clubs, or maybe used your Dad’s old set but now you’re ready to hit the course with your own set.
You may be tempted to buy second-hand. That may be a mistake. You might save a few bucks but there’s a good chance you’re getting gear that was designed for someone else. It may be completely the wrong set for you. High-end sets, even deeply discounted when used, may sound great until you realize they were built for top golfers and need a practiced hand to use well.
The best advice is to look for a mid-priced full starter kit set of clubs that are manufactured for first-time golfers. They’ll be a little more forgiving and easier to hit to get you started. As you start to refine your game, you can always upgrade the set or add individual clubs.
If you’re determined to jump in whole hog with a custom set of clubs, get some advice from the pros to make sure you’re buying the right set of clubs for your level of expertise.
Upgrading Your Golf Clubs
If your clubs are wearing out or you need to upgrade your golf game, you’ve got a couple of choices. You can wait for the newest model year clubs to hit the market. Or, you can grab this year’s (or last year’s) models at a lower price. If you’ve had your set for a few years, anything will likely be an upgrade.
The best deals on the current model year will typically happen in January or February – although you may find deals or door-busters around the holidays.
How Do I Know When It’s Time for New Golf Clubs?
If your clubs are wearing out, you’ve outgrown them, your game’s in a rut, or you’re starting to age, it may be time for new clubs.
Wear and Tear
When you start to notice significant wear or start to notice less-than-perfectly-aligned shafts or see signs of deterioration, it’s time.
Grooves on your irons and wedges usually wear faster than other clubs. This can lead to a loss of performance. Check for signs of wear. If your grips are less than optimal, changing them out annually can help you maintain better control.
Putters are used on every hole, but they also last a long time. If you’re happy with your putter, you may never need to change it. Once you get a feel for the weight, feel, and group, you may want to hang on to it and redo the grips when needed.
Of course, if you are one of those that likes to throw their clubs or wrap it around a tree once in a while, you’re going to need to replace them often.
Your Golf Game
If you feel like your game has stalled or you need a change, it may be time for a new set of clubs. As you’ve gotten more experienced, new clubs can add a new element to your game. The clubs you’ve had may have been right for you a few years ago, but you might have outgrown them – not just from a size standpoint, but from a touch, feel, and expertise standpoint.
Plus, new clubs are kind of cool. They can invigorate you and give you confidence or inspire you to play more frequently.
How Age Affects Your Club Choice
Younger golfers may need to upgrade from that first set, which they may have gotten as a teenager or young adult. A full adult set can make a big difference in your play.
While your game may improve with more experience, one thing you can only do so much about the aging process. As you age, you’ll likely lose swing speed. If you’re not using the right flex shaft for your clubs, you’re going to lose some of the distance you’re used to. More flexible shafts will help you maintain – and possibly even increase – your swing speed. Consider clubs with shafts built for seniors.
So, When Is the Best Time to Buy Golf Clubs and Caddies?
Honestly, you can find deals at any time of the year on clubs and accessories, such as electric golf trolleys or a remote-control golf cart – depending on what you’re looking for. Most shops have sales at any time of the year, so you can find deals. Try to avoid summer as that’s when demand is highest, and there are typically only brand-new lines to choose from. Fall and spring are your best bet to get hands-on new gear that may be a season or two old.
We've spent a few months developing some new accessories to make your golfing experience even better with your Cart Tek electric golf trollies!
- Are you wanting to add a place to hold your cellphone? Check out our new Multi-Media Holder.
- Do you like having quick and easy access to extra balls? Check out our new Triple Ball Holder.
- Looking to add an extra button to your cart to hang a drink hold or other hanging accessory? Check out our new Umbrella Holder.
- Looking to relocate your battery? Want to hold larger items than a drink holder? Check out the Plastic Battery Basket.
An early cold shock hit Bend, Oregon a couple of weeks ago. My chainsaw and batteries were in my truck for several nights of below-freezing temps. Upon trying to use my "cooled" chainsaw, it would only run until the saw blade hit the tree! My first thought was that my chainsaw had failed. I replaced the batteries with warm ones from my shop and the chainsaw worked! I also noticed that my charger would not work with these cold batteries. Not until they warmed to room temperature.
Ultimately, both of the cooled batteries charged and operated the chainsaw. I’m a bit concerned about any long term effect that this exposure to the elements might have on the two batteries. Only time will tell.
Do you have a battery-powered chain saw? Perhaps not! But you may own an electric golf trolley that is powered with a 24 Volt Lithium-Ion battery. The reason I’m sharing my above story is that the same thing might happen if you should accidentally leave your Lithium-Ion battery in your car/truck/SUV in extremely cold weather. The results might be troubling.
Lithium-Ion batteries are a wonderful advancement in battery technology, but they need some tender love and care. Your Cart Tek user manual suggests that you always store your batteries in a cool, dark, dry environment and to avoid extreme temperatures. Avoid both hot and cold extremes as best you can and you will get the best life from your battery.
If your golf course is shutting down for the Winter, remember to charge your Lithium-Ion battery after your last use. Always make sure you see the amber LED on your charger. This is the ‘only’ indicator that your battery is being charged. Periodic charges over the Winter is also recommended(Check every 45-60 days). You should try charging your battery every 3-4 months when not in service. If you are concerned about the battery charge, you can test the battery with a volt/ohm meter or with our battery monitor. Either device will give you the status of the battery Voltage.
Do you feel like your clubs are holding you back? You’re currently thinking that a new set of clubs is what you need to start improving your score. But before you spend your hard-earned cash, here are 8 tips that you should consider before you buy a new set of clubs.
1.) Start a workout regimen.
Ugh, no one wants to go to the gym. I play golf to relax! Well, even just a few days a week can be the difference between having power in your swing all the way through 18. Strength training and cardio are essential to performing well, in golf and in life. There are many exercises for strengthening golf muscles. I would recommend squats and lunges, core work and dumbbell workouts focusing on your arms and shoulders. Find a trainer who can put together a program for you to work on your shoulders, back, abdomen and legs. Then after the strength training, hit the treadmill and work up to several miles without stopping. Remember, it’s important to stretch before and after each workout to prevent injury! The cost of this is probably free as you may already have a gym membership, but you’re just not using it!
Individual or group lessons can help you fine-tune mistakes you’re currently making. Lessons can range in price from $50 to $100 or more per hour depending on the skill of the instruction. Often you can get discounts if you have many people getting lessons at once.
3.) Range Time
Considering that Pros like Tiger spend about 2 hours a day at the range, this is a clue to where to spend your time! In the real world, most of us don’t have that much time to be able to commit to golf. So, make a goal to spend two hours a week at the range to better hone in your game. Take this time to go over the input that your instructor gave you earlier.
4.) Launch Monitor
With the developments in technology over the past few years, prices for launch monitors have come down drastically. You’ll be able to collect detailed information about your swing to be able to make minor tweaks to your game. You can get highly recommend monitors for less than $500!
5.) Consider walking instead of riding in a cart
Golf started out as a walking sport. This is why 90% of European golfers walk the course as opposed to riding in a golf cart. When you’re walking the course you can learn a lot from your feet. You get a sense of the lie of your ball. You might feel the fact that the course is wet or dried out so your ball could run into the creek, or sink if you hit too high of a lob shot. All these factors can affect your score.
6.) Walk with a Caddie
If carrying or pushing your clubs sounds like a lot of work, consider hiring a caddie for a round. You’ll get some in-depth knowledge of the layout of the course. You'll feel refreshed because you haven’t wasted your energy carrying your clubs. Typical caddies fees can vary but expect to pay ~$150-$200, plus tip.
7.) Walk with an Electric Caddie
Back in number 5, I mentioned that 90% of Europeans walk the golf course. What I didn’t mention is that 65% of European golfers walk behind an electric golf trolley. Many of those players have lowered their handicaps by an average of 3 strokes, by using a powered caddie. Get the benefits of walking the course, without the strain on your body of carrying your clubs! Check out Cart Tek’s best golf cart, the GRi-1500Li.
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8.) Putting Practice
Bringing Tiger back into the conversation here. He practices for at least 30 minutes a day on the putting green… As the old saying goes, “drive for show, putt for dough”. If you want some tips on how to practice your putting at home, check out our other blog post here.
Learn how to improve your golf game this season with 4 easy tips. Play better and more confidently knowing that you're improving some aspects of your game with hard work and a lot of practice.
Watch YouTube Videos
Do your homework. YouTube has a plethora of experienced golfers and golf pros waiting to share their knowledge with you. Watching golf videos offers some of the world's most beautiful golf courses as inspiration for your next vacation. They also offer reviews on golf gear and most importantly, instruction on how to improve your swing, stroke, putting skills and overall game. You have a wealth of information at your fingertips and opportunities to learn something new from thousands of videos on all things golf. From getting information on how to play a better game to tips on the best golf courses and golf products, there are hours and hours of videos for learning new things about the sport you love.
Work on Your Short Game
Practice putting and fine-tuning your short game. This will give you more confidence on the course. By working on your short game, you'll know you can tackle more difficult situations on the green. Finish smoothly when you’re putting the ball and practice chipping and making pitch shots. Learn how to use the ball's bounce to your advantage.
Play With More Experienced Friends
If you have friends or family who are more experienced in golf than you, then ask to tag along on one of their games. There is a lot to be learned from people who play at a more advanced level than you. Talk to them about their favorite golfers, courses and pro tips, and be sure to watch their playing technique. Playing with friends, especially better players, is an important part of the game. Listen, watch and keep you mind open to learning new skills.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Practice when you feel like it, but also when you don't feel like it. Practice in the morning, afternoon and at night. Practicing will give you the skills you need and muscle memory to perform your best. Get out and golf at least once a week. Make a habit of practicing every week to improve your stroke and accuracy. Work on your form over and over again. You’ll feel better when you’re on the course and hopefully take your game to the next level.
Hopefully, with these and other professional tips and instruction, you can elevate your golf game this season and enjoy doing it.