Martin Hopley

Reviewed on iPhone

Swing by Swing's Golf GPS Range Finder is a free GPS distance app for your mobile. You would be forgiven for having low expectations of a free GPS app considering you can buy golf GPS devices for upwards of £400. However, this app does the job, and does it fairly well. With more than 21,000 courses in its database, finding the course your playing is fairly reliable.

Once found, the app portrays aerial imagery of the course based on where you are standing. Clearly displayed is the distance to the centre of the green, and if you turn your phone to landscape it displays the distance in larger text, making finding the yardage you need even easier. You can zoom in and out of the aerial, perhaps getting a clearer idea of what is going on around the green prior to your approach shot.

The best feature of the app is the ability to touch the screen and find out how far it to the point you just selected, and additionally how far it is from there to the centre of the green. This feature is great for deciding on where you want to hit your tee shots, or where you want to layup to. Another key feature is the green feature that displays different coloured lines on a enlarged image of the green, displaying distances to the front, middle and back of the green. Navigation is simple and you can search for courses either by name or based on your location. Even if your course is not in the database, worry not, you have the ability to add or map a course yourself.

As with any free app, the adverts may take away from the enjoyment, but it is a small price to pay for a free app. You won't be blown away by the graphics or structure of the app, but in terms of assisting you round the course, it does it's job and does it well. If you are considering a GPS device but are perhaps put off by the prices, this is a perfect app to try out. We liked it more than any of the other free GPS apps.

Golfalot Rating: 4 stars
Overall Rating - 4 stars:


Swing by Swing GPS Golf Range Finder Golf App

Swing by Swing GPS Golf Range Finder Golf App - Product Details

GolferMens, Women, Senior, Junior
App TypeGPS
Operating SystemsiPhone
Size (MB)2.6MB
Manufacturer's WebsiteSwing by Swing Website

User Reviews

April 2017

Swing by swing will not operate on an iPhone SE without a wi-fi connection. It just says ooops something broke. Golf courses don't have wi-fi so this is useless. Am I missing something?? 😬

September 2016

Warning: whatever you do do not use swing by swing. Once they have your email address they just constantly bombard you with emails and whatever you do they will not stop.

July 2016

A brilliant product - especially with the features offered by the moderately priced subscription. I download the course from a suitable Wi-Fi source, find my course, add my friends, set up the game and go out to play. I clip my iPhone into the holder on my Motocaddy trolley, set the auto-lock time to 'never' and the brightness to full, and we're off. The course is cached in the phone, so no further mobile signal required. Slight problems with logging scores for non-standard games - foursomes, greensomes, etc. One can't score a picked up ball, a 'NR' - no return. If your course is modified - tees moved etc., it's easy to edit it on the site. I think I've tried all the apps out there (there are dozens) and this is the best.

December 2012

An excellent app with clear maps, and a variety of information at hand. Easy to navigate and seems fairly accurate.

The only downside is that obviously you need some phone signal. Whilst playing a course, my signal was weak at some points on the course, and therefore the GPS was not updating (and the fact that course had some extreme hills and turns, I had no idea where I was aiming).

Still, for a free app it is worth a look.

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