If you’re like many golf purists, or my father, smartphones have no place on the golf course. When you step onto the tee box, the phone goes in your bag, and then eight hours later you’re tearing apart the house and car trying to find it.
The thing is, these golf purists are in the minority now. Today, we have to regularly check email, keep track of shots and yardage on GolfShots, or post the staged caterpillar crawling across a ball video to Facebook.
If you’re hesitant to introduce mobile scoring apps to your golf outing, it’s time to reconsider. Today’s platforms can simultaneously simplify your life as the outing organizer while adding a level of excitement for your players.
One common argument against using mobile scorecard apps for a golf outing is that not everyone has a smartphone, and/or older players won’t be able to figure it out. That may have been true a few years ago, but the times, they are a changin.
According to the Pew Research Center, 85% of Americans now own a smartphone, with a sharp increase coming from those over the age of 50. Here are some specifics by demographic:
You don’t. Golf outings have proven that you don’t need technology. Many successful events get away with printed scorecards and large paper leaderboards. But there are opportunities to do a few things better.
Before signing up for any old golf outing mobile scoring app, make sure it’s going to give you and your golfers the best experience.
Downloading an app is fairly straightforward, but trying to explain to a group of half-interested individuals how to find the app, download it, and then find your outing in that app .
Alternatively, you could send everyone a link they’ll click in an email or text. From there they simply select their name and start entering scores. Web apps, which use a smartphone’s browser, can be much simpler for groups to get started with. Ideally, you’d email or text the link to everyone’s phone the day of the outing, and include a shortened link on a cart flyer.
Despite everyone using their phones all the time, the minute someone (no matter how old) gets overwhelmed or confused by the information or controls, you’ve lost them. A golf outing scorecard app should limit the words and controls on a screen to the bare minimum. No one needs to see every outing detail at one time.
With PlayThru, my 2-year old daughter was one of the first to test the scorecard functionality for this exact reason. Her face lit up when shot got it after only 5 seconds, “I can did it Daddy!” In the spirit of full transparency, she can work the phone better than I can.
Many golf outings are held to support a charity or good cause. If you’re spending a lot of money on a mobile scorecard app, you’re taking away from the purpose of the outing. Price matters when you’re donating your time, energy and all proceeds collected. There are quality apps available at reduced prices or free.
Your golfers are ready for the fun and excitement of live scoring. Create a free mobile scorecard for your next event here.