Here are the 10 reasons why having a Golf Handicap is essential to any golfer

Everyday more and more golfers realize why having a Handicap Index is so important, but Do you know why? We have put together the 10 most compelling reason per our staff… and yes, we are avid golfers in our office, where Handicap discussion take place every single day.

  1. Because every golfer deserves to know its own potential in Golf.

One thing is to believe that you are good or even great at golf, and another is to have a trustable measure, like your golf handicap, that confirms how good you are. And this is thru not only for you but for everyone in Golf.

  1. To make a fun game even more fun!

Enabling players of different levels to compete on an equitable basis is the common response. But most importantly to earn the right to brag about it! Only you golf handicap will even the terrain among players.

  1. Because high scores are forgotten!

It is not like your Credit Score, where a missed payment or hard inquired will stay with you forever. The USGA golf handicap formula only considers the best 10 Scores of the last 20 rounds. So, it is another excuse to play more.

  1. To show how a player’s performance improves/deteriorates in time.

The game of golf has so many variables that make it impossible for a player to follow-up with his/her progress. Different course, different weather, different playing times, different groups, etc. At the end of the day only your golf handicap will know if you are improving in time.

  1. Because every golf course is different!  

The Course Handicap is the Golfer’s Index adjusted to the course’s difficulty, so good bye to your partner Joe’s excuses about blaming his performance on the difficulty of the courses he plays. The golf handicap will take that soft measure out of the discussion.

  1. Because any true golfer is driven by Pride!

We’re sure you have enough of your friends talking about how fast they ran their last marathon or how great they are at tennis, etc… If you have a golf handicap you will have something to show off too.

  1. Because everyone in golf likes to bet!

With your golf handicap, you can win bets while preserving friendships. Handicap takes abstract matters out of the discussion for competitive players. You want to give or get the right number of strokes and beat your friends on equal conditions.

  1. So you can have an answer to that question; What is your golf handicap?

You know that the first question anyone asks when you are a golfer is; What’s your handicap? Be prepared to open the discussion and show your pride, or maybe not depending on your performance.

  1. Because it is required at tournaments

You know that to participate in Golf tournament you need to have a golf handicap, so you better start keeping your handicap updated. There are plenty of Golf Apps for that.

  1. Because its Free!

Ok, it is not typically free. But when you use TheGrint Golf App it is. So no more excuses.

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What would the golf game look like without the Golf Handicap App?

Let’s imagine The Hunger Games of Golf…. Where surviving depends on your golf performance by it self. You win, you live. You lose, you die.  Ok many avid golfers already feel that way.

So what if you had to compete in these Hunger Games without a golf handicap. Would you do it?  It doesn’t sound fun anymore, right? One of the best things of Golf is that you can play with your friends and everybody regardless of skill level. That is why we need that golf equalizer. That is why we need the Golf Handicap App!

So let me expand on this. I could talk for hours about the Handicap Index Formula, but for most golfers it is just boring. BUT to make sure we are aligned:

“The Handicap Index is designed to measure a golfer’s potential ability on the course, and provides the foundation to be able to compete on an equitable basis regardless of your ability”

So now that we know the intention of the Golf Handicap system. Why is that important?

Most golfers would agree that the fun in golf is not only about the score. Most would agree that what makes “hitting a ball with a stick” fun is sharing outdoors with friends, playing and competing in this beautiful and strategic game. So why complicate our lives calculating a freaking number with such a complicated formula?

  1. It will motivate you to play your best golf, every time

Well, for starters part of the fun in golf is in measuring your performance and in knowing how good or bad you are. We always step onto the first tee hoping to play our best, and the USGA Handicap Index allows us to define “our best”. So we can realize what is a great round or what is a lousy round based on facts, not feelings.

  1. To keep your friends

You would lose a lot of friends on the course if you didn’t have a golf handicap. I for one would hate to pay for those cold beers at the end of every game. After all, the 19th hole is an important part of the game, so it better be a friendly moment for everyone that played.

  1. It will keep everything on check

The Golf Handicap is like having an invisible referee in your foursome every time you go out to play. The Handicap will blow the final whistle and declare a winner at the end of each game so you won’t have to.

  1. Because your friends will like to play with you

If you are a great player, Why would someone even want compete with you if they know that you will ALWAYS beat them? The Handicap allow both of you to play at the same level so everyone will have an incentive to play with you again.

Bottom line, let’s invite the Handicap Index to this party. Let’s allow it to be the referee of golf, the judge, the one who sets the rules and determine how many strokes each player receives. The one who keeps friendships and good times on the golf course!

Be legit! Get a Golf Handicap App, Why wouldn’t you? It is free…

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7 Reasons Why You Should Use a Golf GPS App On Course

As technology advances and Apps get easier to use, it seems that almost every sport has its own tool that can guide you through your exercise routine in a smarter way. Runners have their Cardiac Monitors and GPS trackers, Swimmers have their smartwatches to count pool laps, etc. Golfer are not an exception to this, and almost every player has a smartphone on the pocket or on the Golf Cart while playing.

Some of you might think that using a smartphone on the course may be a distraction or even a bad idea, but here we have 7 Reasons that might change your mind about a Golf Apps

1. You can plan your Game

A Golf GPS App allows you to see the Hole you are about to play from a different perspective, this may not only help you plan your game before the first shot, but also how to play in the case that something unexpected happens, and you know it will.

2. No more guessing distances

You think you can pass that water with your second shot? You better check the Map and measure the exact distance to pass it… you might be farther than it looks. And that laser rangefinder won’t get it right all the time, like a Golf GPS App does.

3. Allows you Play faster.

If you look at the Hole from the Tee. You should be able to know in advance where you will land with your Tee Shot. Or how much distance are you leaving to the Hole or to the Lay-Up. Allowing you to play your Second Shot more efficiently helped by your golf tracker app.

4. Helps you plan ahead.

If you are playing a New Golf Course, that you have never played before, using a Golf GPS App will allow you to check the Course in advance. So, you can think about how your Game will perform in the unknown Course. You can prepare better before you get there.

5 . So you can have just one device for everything

Instead of having your smartphone, a rangefinder and a GPS Watch, you can have all in one device, your Golf GPS App. Less stuff, less confusion. And if you use Apple Watch even better, you can leave the smartphone in the cart.

6. Because Golf GPS Apps are free.

And this is much better than paying $300 plus for a Laser Rangefinder. You better go and spend that money in a new driver, or maybe at the 19th hole, if you’ll have something to celebrate.

7. And the last and most important thing about having a Golf GPS App is…that it allows you to have much more fun on the Golf Course.

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Best Ways To Improving Your Golf Game – By Jon Sherman

If you are serious about improving as a golfer, the best way to do it is to set specific, measurable goals for yourself.

Using stats as a benchmark to determine what these goals are and tracking your progress makes it a no brainer for golfers who want to figure out ways to get to the next level in their game.

Let’s take a look at why I believe all golfers should keep track of their stats, and then what they can do.

Look in the Mirror

Most golfers typically do the same things over and over again, and get frustrated when their results don’t improve. A very smart man once defined that as insanity.

The number one reason to use stats as a part of your improvement plan is that it gives you a real understanding of where your golf game actually needs help, not where you think it does. Generally there is a big difference between the two.

If you have a detailed understanding of your driving stats, approaches, scrambling, and putting then it becomes clear where you need the most help.

I like to think of statistics as holding a mirror up to your game. If you are currently shooting in the 90s, and your goal is to be shooting in the 80s, a few things might jump out at you when looking at your top-level stats.

Are you three putting quite often during your rounds? Is your scrambling percentage close to zero?

Then there might be some low-hanging fruit waiting to be addressed at the short game facility.

Make a Plan

Once you have an understanding of your game through the use of stats, the next step is to actually make a plan and set goals.

For example, you could simply state that you want to average more greens in regulation per round. Using this specific stat as your benchmark, you could come up with the following list of two goals:

  • Spend more time practicing your irons from the typical distances you are faced with on your approach shots during your rounds.
  • Change your strategy on the course – become less aggressive and make your number one goal hitting the green. No more pin hunting!

Going through this process helps you get organized with your practice plan and on-course strategy. This is one of the main things that is lacking from most recreational golfers plan to improve.

When you are focused on a singular goal, you find ways to make adjustments in order to achieve it. Don’t just do the same old routine!

Measure Your Progress

Goals that are measurable help keep your eye on the ball (no pun intended). More importantly, you want to keep them realistic.

Using our greens in regulation example, let’s say that you started off averaging 4.5 greens in regulation per round. Expecting to start hitting 9 to 10 would be a pretty lofty goal. Seven might be more appropriate.

If you are keeping track of all of your rounds it becomes pretty obvious whether or not you are making progress.

Let’s say things were stalling, and you were still stuck on the same number. It is time to look a little deeper and think about what you can change.

Are you not spending any time practicing your iron play? Is there a particular pattern on the course developing? Perhaps most of your shots are landing short of the green, and maybe it’s just as simple as choosing more club.

When you have the information at your disposal, things become clearer, and you can make adjustments along the way. If you are simply playing your rounds, and not doing any kind of analysis, it becomes much more challenging to find out what you need to do to improve and lower your scores.

Wrapping it Up

There are a number of reasons why it’s a good idea for golfers of all levels to keep track of their stats on the course. But it really boils down to the following points:

You can make an accurate assessment of where your golf game is currently. Then you can do some analysis, make a plan, and then set goals. Most importantly, you can keep track of your progress and make adjustments in order to meet those goals.

It’s certainly much easier said than done, but statistics have become an important part of golf, and it should be part of every player’s plan if they truly want to improve. 

About the Author

Jon Sherman is the owner of Practical Golf, a website dedicated to being an honest resource for the everyday golfer who is looking to enjoy the game more, as well as improve. He is the author of the bestselling book 101 Mistakes All Golfers Make (and how to fix them). You can find him on Twitter here – @practicalgolf, where he is happy to chat about golf with anyone.

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TheGrint – Golf Games Feature on Androids!

Golf Games Feature Available Now on Androids!

We have had for a while the Games Feature on every iPhone TheGrint App and we know that the majority of Android users wanted to have this Feature on their Phones.

We finally finished the Feature for Androids and it is looking pretty cool! This new feature would also allow you to track your Games but the History of your Games against your friends, so you can keep the tally (Make sure you download the latest Android version).

So, how does it work? Pretty easy… Below we will show you the Screenshots of where you can find the Golf Games Feature as well as the instructions and an example of how it works.

We hope you enjoy it! And please let us know your feedback as you try it out.

The Games Feature you can find it on the Players Setup Screen (at the bottom):

As you can see above, in the “Players Setup” screen we now have a Games button, that you can use to select between 6 Games (currently). Once you select the Game you can setup your Game as follows

1. HDCP: You can play Net or Gross Scores.

2. Mode: You can play War (everyone against everyone), Pot (all competing for one big prize) or Pairs (2 Vs 2). And…

3. Points per player, which basically determines how much the Front 9, Back 9 and Nassau.

As you will see on the image above, because it is High & Low Game, the App automatically separates Team A (Player 1 & Player 2) and Team B (Player 3 & Player 4).

Now, you might be wondering, what if you don’t know how one of those Games is played exactly? Well, just tap on the “Explanation” option next to “Games” and it will take you to the Screens below:

After this Screen, you just need to Swipe to the Right to read how each of the Games is played, and you will see the Screens below:

After you and your Partners decide which Game you all want to play, it is time to have fun!

Select the Game on the Players Setup Screen and then continue to the 1st Hole and start tracking your Scores like usual.

Then after a few Holes or after the 1st Hole if you want, you can check how the Game is going by Taping where it says “Games” at the Bottom of the Screen.

(shown below using the Stableford Format- Red Arrow)

After you Tap on Games, the App will take you to the Points Summary Screen and if you Scroll Down you will see all the Points Details of your Match (Shown above)

And, ONLY IN ANDROID, if you Tap where it says “More” or at the Bottom where it says “Scorecard” the App will take you to the Scorecard where you can see everyones’ Score, Stats AND the Games spread out Hole-by-Hole and Player-by-Player (Shown below).

Or if you want to change the Type of Game you are all playing, it is pretty simple. Just Tap on Games, then on Edit and then change the Game. So if we change the Stableford | War to Skins | War, this is how it would look like… (below)

Pretty cool, no?

After you all finish your Rounds and the Game is over, we make it easy for all of you to see who Won and who Lost. Before you get to the Scorecards and before you upload your Scores, the App will show you the Game Results (shown below).

After you all upload your Scores, the Games you play will be saved in your Account, under the Stats Tab and then on Games Performance.

There you will be able to see what is your Win % of all of the Games you have played with your Friends, the amount of Points you have accumulated on all of your Games, the Avg. Points and the amount of Games you have played as of that day.

At the bottom you will be able to see the Games Log and if you Tap on one of them, you will be able to Review the Results of that specific Game as well.

If you guys have questions or need help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or send us an e-mail to contactus@thegrint.com

Enjoy your Golf!

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TheGrint Golf App for Apple Watch

TheGrint Kit for Apple Watch Series II

The Apple Watch Kit for TheGrint is ready to be used, to track your Score and check the GPS when you go out to the Golf Course next time.

We have designed the Kit so that you can use your Watch independently from your iPhone, or in parallel. So, if you don’t want to take your iPhone out at all, you can now Track your Score and get GPS from your Watch.

This is how the App works and looks like on your Watch:

To extend a little more on the different options you see on the Apple Watch

After you track your Score and Stats on the 18th Hole, the App will ask you if you want to Upload the Score or Edit the Score or Stats on Past Holes.

After you upload the Score, the App will go back to the 1st Screen letting you know that the Score was uploaded and it’s ready to track again.

And that is how it works!

Pretty cool, huh?

Try it! Let us know what you think! Any feedback or comments, you can always e-mail us to contactus@thegrint.com or leave a comment at the bottom of this Post.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Apple Watch Series II has the capability to provide GPS location directly from the Watch. HOWEVER, to save battery the Apple Team decided that when the iPhone is nearby, the GPS location is taken from the iPhone instead of the Watch. Currently there is no way to override that code for us. Therefore, the only solution we can suggest for you, is to tun off the Bluetooth from the iPhone, that way the Watch won’t have access to the iPhone and can provide the GPS location from the Watch itself.

THIS IS A TEMPORARY SOLUTION UNTIL APPLE CREATES A WAY FOR US TO OVERRIDE THE LOCATION AND FORCE IT FROM THE WATCH

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Top 10 Most Played Golf Courses in 2016 – TheGrint

Top 10 Most Played Golf Courses in 2016

2016 is over and we thought you might want to know which Golf Courses were played the most last year by our Grinters.

Well… here you have it!

These are the Top Most Played Courses by our Grinters in the Top 10 States (US Only).

#10

Ravines Golf Club | Saugatuck, MI

This Golf Course was played 500 times by our Grinters, who give it an Overall Rating of 91.9 and it has an Average Score of 84.6.

It’s Ranked 40th in Michigan.

#9

Rhodes Ranch Golf Club | Las Vegas, NV

This Golf Course was played 525 times by our Grinters, who give it an Overall Rating of 85.2 and it has an Average Score of 89.9

It’s Ranked 38th in Nevada.

#8

Royce Brook Golf Club, East Course | Hillsborough, NJ

This Golf Course was played 576 times by our Grinters, who give it an Overall Rating of 80.7 and it has an Average Score of 91.1

It’s Ranked 81st in New Jersey.

#7

Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course | Bronx, NY

This Golf Course was played 625 times by our Grinters, who give it an Overall Rating of 72.9 and it has an Average Score of 94.7

It’s Ranked 166th in New York.

#6

Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course | Irvine, CA

This Golf Course was played 631 times by our Grinters, who give it an Overall Rating of 64.3 and it has an Average Score of 91.6

It’s Ranked 490th in California.

#5

Westview Golf Course | Quincy, IL

This Golf Course was played 670 times by our Grinters, who give it an Overall Rating of 89.7 and it has an Average Score of 83.2

It’s Ranked 42nd in Illinois.

 #4

Reston National Golf Course | Reston, VA

This Golf Course was played 673 times by our Grinters, who give it an Overall Rating of 78.1 and it has an Average Score of 90.4

It’s Ranked 109th in Virginia.

#3

The Tribute Golf Club | The Colony, TX

This Golf Course was played 912 times by our Grinters, who give it an Overall Rating of 87.2 and it has an Average Score of 87.7

It’s Ranked 109th in Texas.

#2

Lane Creek Golf Club | Bishop, GA

This Golf Course was played 1508 times by our Grinters, who give it an Overall Rating of 86.3 and it has an Average Score of 83.6

It’s Ranked 67th in Georgia.

#1

International Links Miami – Melreese Country Club | Miami, FL

This Golf Course was played 1555 times by our Grinters, who give it an Overall Rating of 81.9 and it has an Average Score of 91.6

It’s Ranked 286th in Florida.

These Rankings and Ratings are all given by our Grinters who play these Courses and Rate them after they finish their Rounds. We also have to mention that most of these Photos were taken by Grinters during their time on the Golf Course.

You can search for any of these Courses on TheGrint Website or the Golf App for more information.

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Top 5 Best Golf Grinters in 2016 – TheGrint

Top 10 Best Grinters in 2016

Have you wondered who are the Best Grinters from 2016?

These are the very hard working players who made the Top 5 Female and Male Grinters! Plus, we are showing a few of their Stats so you can see how they have these incredible Handicaps.

Let’s start with the Ladies.

Now, just so you know, all of their information is from 2016 and they all had to have at least 30 Rounds last year. Their Handicap Index is the only Data that is current, taking all of their History into consideration.

Lets see the Top 5 Best Male Grinters from 2016

Pretty impressive, no?

Remember, practice makes perfect. These guys and ladies didn’t achieve those Stats and Handicaps by just going out to the Course and playing a Round of Golf. They go to the Range and practice and practice and practice. They are always looking to improve every single part of their Game.

TheGrint Golf App can help you discover which part of your Golf Game is weak and needs improvement, so take advantage of it. Learn, practice and get your Golf Game to its best… Maybe next year you can be on this list! Who knows…

Male Top 5 Stats

 Female Top 5 Stats

 

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Top 10 Best Golf Courses in 2016 – TheGrint Reviews

Top 10 Best Rated Golf Courses in 2016 by State

We collect hundreds of thousands of course reviews every year. So we wanted to share with our Top 10 Courses by State for 2016.

To calculate the Overall rating we take the Average between the Fun Rating and the Shape Rating (both Ratings we ask for as soon as you finish your Round on TheGrint Golf App).

 

 Of course we couldn’t miss the Photos… Here are the Photos of these incredible Golf Courses

#1 | Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club

#2 | Kiawah Island Golf Resort | The Ocean

#3 | Yocha Dehe Golf Club

#4 | Bandon Dunes Golf Resort | Bandon Dunes Course

#5 | TPC of Boston At Great Woods

#6 | Spyglass Hill Golf Course

#7 | Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course

#8 | Spring Creek Golf Club

#9 | Caledonia Golf & Fish Club

#10 | Whistling Straits | Straits Course

 

This is pretty cool… but lets get more details on these incredible Courses from 2016. We got one more Golf Course Ranking for you…

Top 10 Most Fun Golf Courses by State

No strange thing that Bandon Dunes leads the list… Has anyone play there and not have fun? Pretty much impossible… Even if your game is not there (because of obvious reasons), you can’t not have fun.

And what about Whistling Straits? Beautiful Golf Course + Beautiful Views = Fun.

Keep playing. Keep Rating. We love this Data and without our Grinters, we wouldn’t have anything.

Which Golf Courses are we going to see in 2017 ? Your decision…

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Golf New Stats – TheGrint

New Comparison Line on Trends

Have you ever wondered how your stats impact a Particular Golf Round? Would you want to compare how your lowest Putts performance impact your actual Scores?

Well, you now can! Check this out!

 That blue line in the Graph are the amount of Putts Mr. TheGrint made in each of his Rounds. Therefore, he can now see that in one of his Best Rounds (76) he had 27 Putts.

And in one of his worst Rounds (88) he had 37 Putts! Horrible!

All you have to do to get to this graph is:

1. Go to the Trends Section on the Website.

2. Select any Stat you want on the left (this will be your Main Stat).

3. On the Top select the “Compare” Stat. We have Putting, Grints %, GIR %, Driving % and Iron Game.

After you select a Stat to Compare, you can change your Main Stat to another one and the chart will update with your “Compare Stat” & your Main Stat (see below)

As you can see Mr. TheGrint changed his Main Stat to GIR% and he kept the Putts as his Comparison Stat, showing him that in a Round he had 11 GIR, he also had 34 Putts… meaning that he should have taken advantage of the GIR and Putt better in order to Score lower.

As you can see, it is real simple to compare Stats and study your Golf Game.

This will certainly help you improve your Game and lower your Golf Handicap.

Try it. Work it.

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