Every Professional Golfer will have an App

Mastering the art of golf can be a frustrating journey even for the most accomplished athletic specimen. That’s why seeking advice from experts in the field of golf is the only way to help perfect technical deficiencies in your swing or your putting follow through, for example.

 

With how lucrative the golfing industry has become with many of the pros making millions from endorsements and even designing their own golf courses like golfing legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Sir Nick Faldo, many leading professionals have started putting their names on apps to aid golfers of all levels in improving their games.

The app market is a flourishing sector that generates billions annually. Tech Crunch reported this year that in 2013 there were a total of 102 billion app downloads globally reinstating how rewarding such a market can be if the right product is brought to consumers.

The main variable that has driven these numbers is the fact that literally everyone owns a smartphone nowadays, which has meant,

“mobile Internet has become one of the most powerful trends in the Internet landscape,”

according to Gaming Realms the company responsible for developingSpin Genie.

So for the major players in the golfing world, making forays into the app world was a no-brainer. Tiger Woods was quick to get a piece of the action when he released his app, Tiger Woods: My Swing that helps golfers with perfecting their swing. The app provides invaluable advice from the man himself and includes exclusive content you won’t find on any other of Woods’ digital content platforms.

But the early “players” in this market were Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy, who in 2011 released official apps. The pair was ahead of the curve looking to bring their own innovative apps to a fledgling market. Although their apps didn’t last the test of time, McIlroy is set to release a new app in the not too distant future in line with the Nike range he so often promotes.

Before we know it, all the leading figures in the golfing world will have apps to their names – it’s just the way the market is progressing. But out of all of the apps out there that are affiliated with a top golf pro, Tiger Woods: My Swing is probably the pick of the bunch.

If you use an official app from a golfing pro and it has helped your game progress dramatically, let us know below.

This article was submitted to Back 9 Blog by guest columnist, Hailey Simmons.

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Christina Kim overcame severe depression to win again on the LPGA Tour.

The LPGA Tour is winding down one of the most memorable seasons in history. Stacy Lewis and Inbee Park have battled throughout the year for the No. 1 spot in the world ranking.

Young players like Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson won multiple titles in 2014 and are the future of the LPGA Tour.

Michelle Wie finished runner-up to Thompson in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, won the U.S. Women’s Open Championship and the LPGA Lotte Championship. Except for an injury that hampered her play after July, she would have challenged Park and Lewis for top honors on the tour this season.

Just possibly the LPGA Tour has saved its best story for last.

Christina Kim turned professional in 2002, after a successful amateur career. Her first professional win came at the 2002 Garden State Futures Summer Classic in a playoff over another budding young professional, Lorena Ochoa.

Both Ochoa and Kim earned full LPGA Tour status for 2003 and have been close friends since.

The Lorena Ochoa Invitational is Kim’s third LPGA Tour win, but her first since 2005. Even though Kim is flamboyant in her dress and personality, she has struggled with severe depression and was close to committing suicide.

Her successful return to competitive golf, against the best women golfers in the world, is a story worthy of major headlines.

The life of a professional golfer is not an easy one. To the casual golf fan, the television coverage, international travel and big checks seem like a dream occupation.

The reality is constant travel, lost luggage, bad food, loneliness and fatigue.

Only the top players are making serious money and the rest are constantly searching for the magic formula and deep-pocket sponsors to pay the tab.

That constant struggle can mentally defeat even the strongest willed person. Christina Kim has been to the edge of the cliff and come back more determined.

She was one of only a few players to enter all six of the “Asian Swing” tournaments with her best finish a T-23 coming in China at the Blue Bay LPGA Classic.

The $200,000 first-place check she earned for winning the Lorena Ochoa Invitational gets her to $555,658.00 for the year. She moves to No. 23 on the Race to the CME Globe and assures her spot on the LPGA Tour for 2015.

There were 35 other women in the field this week in Mexico, but the biggest story by far is the return of Christina Kim to the winner’s circle.

 

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