There are myriad reasons why a mobile device is the perfect peripheral for any budding golfer, but the most obvious is GPS. Having this technology on board the GALAXY S4 means shots can be tracked and courses can be mapped.
But GPS alone can't do this and that is where Sky Droid comes in. The app maps out the golf course for you, giving you an accurate representation of where the hole is and how far you have till you reach it. Also, it maps things such as bunkers and explains where they are on the course.
Sky Droid also allows you to map your own course from scratch. To top it off, the app houses listings for local golf courses, including telephone numbers so you are never far from your latest swing.
Like many an app on this list, Swing By Swing offers up GPS functionality, so you can check the range of your course, as well as find out where all the nasty surprises, such as bunkers, are.
Swing By Swing also doubles up as a digital scorecard. Forget pencil and paper, the score card on Swing By Swing is effortless to use and helps you keep track of how well you are/aren't doing – and it will also offer up some much-needed stats at the end of the round. And if this wasn't enough, you can also add shots of your shots during your round.
Any budding golfer knows that golfing is the final frontier, so it is apt that one of the best golfing apps on the market is something called Golf Frontier. This GPS-centric app gives you information on what is going on the green, hazards and all, and it will also record your statistics, track your scores and it will even calculate your handicap.
There are two versions of the app – a lite and full fat version – if you go for the lite version, then you can only download five courses. Pay a premium and you can have as many courses as you want.
If you are having a rest from playing golf, then there is no reason for you not to catch up with what is going on in the professional world with the Golf Channel Mobile app.
The app offers behind-the-scenes content, instructional videos and gives you a whole load of stats – including leaderboards – from all the major tournaments and information from some of the best golfers around.
There is so much content available, that Golf Channel Mobile is sure to fill the awful void when you are not on the green and it all looks lovely on your GALAXY S4's screen.
To play golf, you have to become golf. And what better way to become golf than reading up on the rules of golf with the, er, The Rules Of Golf app. This application has all of the rules you need to know – all put together by the R&A, organisers of the Open Championship.
In the app you will find a whole host of rules – from amateur to professional rules. Do you know what to really do when a ball is lost? Or if you can stand out of bounds when making a stroke? Well, you will learn this and more with this instructional app.
Everyone needs a caddie. They are there for you to bounce shot ideas off of and, the best of all, they take the weight of your bag while you use your energy figuring out the best way to birdie your next shot.
Happy Caddie is your virtual helper. Its interface may be plain but look beyond it and what you have are a set of comprehensive tools that will help you swing your way to victory.
These include the ability to keep track of your score and key statistics and the ability to post your Score Card to Facebook. You will never have to bring a pencil to the course ever again!
We will let you into a little golfing secret: when pro golfers take time out from the game, they play Tour Tempo golf to keep them in the game. Unlike any other golfing simulator, this is an app that is used by beginners through Major Championship winners on the PGA Tour.
And if that wasn't enough adulation, it is also validated by the Departments of Physics and Biomechanics at Yale University. So, what is so good about Tour Tempo Golf?
Well, just about everything. For a start the app guides you through the idea that simple mathematical ratios will make you a better swinger. All you have to do is listen to the unique sounds while swinging a club and get the rhythm right. Different tones are used for different strokes and the result is a better swing. Yes it's costly, but it's also an app that is praised by pretty much all that use it. Essential.
Perfecting your golf swing is something that can take a whole life to achieve. While we all just want to get out there and hit balls, sometimes taking a step back and analysing your stance and the like can do wonders for your game. This is where V1 Golf For Android comes in.
The app allows you to film yourself swinging a club and then gives you all the information you need to make adjustments to your technique, with the hope that you become a better golfer at the end of it.
Not only this, there is footage of over 50 pro golfers ready and waiting to be watched. There's nothing better than learning from the pros and this app lets you do just that.
Golf is a game you can enjoy on your own but in a world where social networks rule the roost, sometimes you just have to show off to your friends – even if you aren't actually golfing with them.
The Golf GameBook app offers up live scoring opportunities, on course chat functionality and it also allows you to share your scores, stats, photos and comments live with your friends on and off the golf course. The Golf GameBook is a great way to bring the social aspect back to a game of golf and you can even do a spot of fun betting within the app too.
Given that there are thousands of courses around for golfers to enjoy, an app that allows you to rate them is an essential bit of kit. Golf Digest is the best course critic around
Offering you the ability to rate courses you have played on and view what others think of golf courses the world over, the app makes it easy to distinguish between the good and bad places to play.
It also offers phone numbers for courses, the ability to find courses nearby and you can even make a wishlist. Although this is geared towards the US market, there has been a lot of golf loved fed into this app, so it is a must download no matter where in the world you tee off from.