The Best Golf Swing Smartphone Apps

Let’s face it, these days there’s an app for everything, and there are quite possibly hundreds dedicated to golfing alone. As with much of the market, most of these are junk. They might be free or they might cost a fortune because of celebrity endorsement but there’s not even a guarantee that they work!

When you’re looking to improve your swing an app can give you more data than you will ever need. The benefit of this is that you’ll know on a scientific level where you’re going wrong.

What to Look For:

Forget celebrity endorsement, what you want is an app that provides you with reliable data. The best apps actually expect you to buy equipment and external sensors so they can give you as much data as possible.

For example, many of the best have glove or club sensors which provide your phone with real movement data. Some others also hook up your smartphone’s internal gyroscope as an additional hip sensor.
Start by deciding what your priorities are for your swing. While having all the data is nice you might not even need it.

Our Top 5 Apps

-Golf Swing Analysis and Video Feedback
-iSwing Golf
-V1 Golf
-Zepp Golf
-SKLZ Cam Video Analysis

-Golf Swing Analysis and Video Feedback $Free but with Paid Options

Golf Swing Analysis and Video Feedback

Pros:

The app itself is free which is very convenient. This is a great way of watching your swing and helping to draw on the lines. It’s a good training aid if you need to demonstrate to someone else as well. You can draw on your own guidelines so each video you take is tailored to the swing you are aiming for.

Slow motion capability can playback from 1-30 FPS and allows you to pause and edit drawings as you go. There’s a built-in timer so you have time to set and get into your stance as well as an option to import existing videos.

Cons:

Very few! For a free app, there really isn’t a lot to complain about. Works on iOS and Android. Will only work on phones that have the front-facing camera option and on newer operating systems. Also, your video quality needs to be good or you’ll have difficulty seeing exactly what you need to on the screen. Does not hook up to a smartwatch for remote trigger either.

-iSwing Golf

Iswing

Pros:

Featured in NY times Magazine as the number 1 sports app of 2010 this app has been around a while. It has similar options to the Golf Swing Analysis app and you can draw on the screen or add guidelines to your videos.

You’ll be able to review your videos, use slow motion, and you can also purchase the upgrade where you’ll be able to compare with similar pro videos side by side. The slow motion has multiple speeds as does the timer, something the Golf Swing Analysis app lacks.

Cons:

For an app that costs more, all you’re getting is an option for different timers and sharing your videos, something that you don’t really need to pay for. It’s suggested for use only in bright light which means it can struggle on an overcast play to get a good image.

There’s not really a lot of difference and you’re paying for this.

-V1 Golf

v1 golf

Pros:

Considered by several big name professionals to be the best app this analyzer allows you to break down your swing much more than the others. At an optional 240FPS, you’re talking minute movement. You can compare with swings from over 50 different players with a split screen like the iSwing app.

There is also a companion YouTube channel for tips and instructions on using the app which is extremely helpful. You can also overlay your swings to see how you’ve changed or what you’ve improved.

You can also overlay guidelines in various colors with line tools rather than just finger drawing like the Golf Swing Analysis app which gives you greater accuracy.

Cons:

The biggest downfall of this app is in the tech support. Most people find that the YouTube videos only help so far but after that, you’re on your own. It also requires an internet connection so you can’t use it unless you have 3/4G on your device. You also cannot adjust the playback speed like the iSwing app.

-Zepp Golf $Free

Zepp Golf

Pros:

This free app is a companion to their glove mounted sensor. The sensor allows you to see your plane, tempo, speed, backswing, hip motion and scores your swings.

Unlike both the iSwing and the V1 this app allows pro comparisons free of charge. You can record and play back your swing in 3D. There are also preloaded drills and analyzers so you can break your swing down.

The fact that this app offers so much more numerical information makes it great for the analytical golfer.

It’s also especially good that your stats are color coded so even if you’re aiming for a specific number you’ll know you’re getting close by the color of your ratings.

The SKLZ app is by far the most versatile. Since you’re getting the app for free with all the features of the paid apps you can’t really go wrong here.

Adding the optional trainer is far cheaper than the sensor needed for the Zepp and you’ll be getting something physical that affects your training rather than just a beeping sensor to look at data.

If you’re really keen on the data though then Zepp is the one for you because it gives you more than you could possibly need in terms of numbers.

Cons:

The app is free, but you’re going to pay $149 for the sensor, so it can actually be the most costly option. You can use it without the sensor but only for getting an analysis of preloaded pro swings.

The app has a lot of buttons, especially since it works for multiple sports. It can get a bit overwhelming at first and you can also find yourself struggling to get the import feature working correctly.

-SKLZ Cam for Video Analysis $Free

SKLZ Cam for Video Analysis

Pros:

This app is actually designed for multiple different sports. You can use it for everything from baseball to lunges which makes it extremely versatile. This app works great in conjunction with the matching weighted club tool so you can see how the weighted club affects your swing in comparison to your regular club and adjust accordingly.

This app offers the same side by side comparisons but also allows you to adjust your slow motion speed so you can slow the video down as much as necessary. Each video can be played independently and paused so you can see both at the exact same moment even if they aren’t the same length.

You can also draw lines like all the other apps and shapes like the V1. A neat feature is that this app allows you to record voice commentary and notes too.

Cons:

The app has a lot of buttons, especially since it works for multiple sports. It can get a bit overwhelming at first and you can also find yourself struggling to get the import feature working correctly.

Which is the Best?

The SKLZ app is by far the most versatile. Since you’re getting the app for free with all the features of the paid apps you can’t really go wrong here. Adding the optional trainer is far cheaper than the sensor needed for the Zepp and you’ll be getting something physical that affects your training rather than just a beeping sensor to look at data.

If you’re really keen on the data though then Zepp is the one for you because it gives you more than you could possibly need in terms of numbers.
Apps are a great way to start and they can definitely help. The next step would be to check our guide on golf swing trainers.

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