I started playing golf in the mid 1990’s. That’s around the same time the young Tiger Woods turned pro. He rose to the top of the world ranking in June 1997 making the fastest-ever ascent to no. 1. And looking at the most recent world ranking from last week – he is still on top. […]
I finally got to go back out there and play some golf this week and it was great! I didn’t play a whole lot better than previously, but the weather was really nice. The fall is definitely coming and lately it has been raining a lot here in Finland, so I really enjoyed the sunshine…
The pompous title of the most famous 19th hole in golf belongs to The Jigger Inn located within putting distance of the legendary Road Hole at the Old Course in St Andrews. The building of The Jigger Inn dates back all the way to 1850’s, when it was the station master’s lodge in the St Andrews…
Since my last post here I’ve gotten the flu and haven’t been able to play golf for a while. Luckily GameBook can be enjoyed outside of the golf course as well. It has saved my days when I’ve been trying to recover under the covers. Lately I’ve been hanging out on the online service, but…
Golf GameBook 24/7 Challenge starts today in Canada. Our friends in the UK have been enjoying the biggest competition ever played in their country for almost six weeks already. And now it’s Canada’s turn. Canadian golfers are welcome to participate and the competition is completely free of charge. The only requirement is that you play golf…
The first setback of my project came along sooner than I had expected. After creating a profile online I found out that GameBook app is not available for my Nokia phone. Damn! It is something that is being worked on though. […]
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The first setback of my project came along sooner than I had expected. After creating a profile online I found out that GameBook app is not available for my Nokia phone. Damn! It is something that is being worked on though. There is no exact schedule for GameBook being available for Windows phones, but I’m hoping that day will come soon. We’ll see.
Luckily my friendly colleagues here promised to lend me an iPhone so I could get started. And I did. Get started that is. I’ve played a couple of rounds with GameBook during the past week. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence, but those were pretty much the worst rounds of golf I’ve played this summer!
I don’t blame GameBook for that. It actually helps you stay on top of your game and keep motivated throughout the round. My problem was that I had completely lost my swing and went to see a pro a day before my first round with GameBook. He gave me instructions that without a doubt will be great in the long run, but take some time to settle in. And as a result I didn’t play so well the next couple of days.
Stay on top of your game
The first great thing I noticed about GameBook is that it tells you how you are playing compared to the level that you should be playing on. There is of course the par of each hole to aim for, but if you are playing with a handicap over 20 like me, that’s not always a realistic goal. With GameBook you know on each hole what you should score to achieve your own level.
I’m personally not too keen on mathematics and when I’ve been keeping score the traditional way, I haven’t really bothered to count my results during the round. It was an interesting experience to see after each played whole if you were playing according to your handicap or not. The live leaderboard of your game is also a fun feature. Even more so if you end up on the top of it instead of the bottom!
At first it felt a bit weird to be walking around the golf course with a mobile phone in my hands, but I got used to it rather quickly. And it didn’t take any more time to mark the scores with GameBook than it does with a pen. So that’s nothing to worry about. What worries me a little is that GameBook makes my bad results visible to a wider audience than I’m used to… But more about that the next time.