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The Masters are in full swing with these Android golf apps

by Kristen Nicole

Spring is in full swing, and so is golf season. Anxious fans the world over are ready for the Masters, the ultimate high-profile tournament that kicked off this week. And whether you’re a fan just looking to keep up with scores, or inspired to perfect your own golf swing, there’s plenty of Android apps to help you along the way. New to this year’s list is Augusta Golf, the official news app reporting on site for the 2012 Masters tournament, joining a bevy of traditional apps like the Golf Channel and PGA Tour to keep you abreast of every swing, stroke and putt.

The Masters Golf Tournament (Free)

The official app for the Masters, this Android app has already been updated for 2012. You’ll get several live video streams from the tournament, and updates on the Par 3 contest, the games at Amen Corner and Holes 15 and 16, as well as two channels just for featured groups on their play of the second nine. More content is aggregated into The Masters Golf Tournament app from ESPN and CBS broadcasts for in-depth coverage, and special analysis is also live-streamed in the mornings. While live streams are only available in the U.S., on-demand video highlights are also included in this app. Get the latest scores, see the course from a bird’s eye view and access additional information for those traveling to Augusta National Golf Club this year.

Augusta Golf (Free)

From the Augusta Chronicle comes an Android app to follow the Masters tournament from start to finish. The independent newspaper team will be on site for the Masters to deliver the latest scores, photographs, blogs, headlines and reviews for comprehensive coverage of the tournament. Since 1934 the Augusta Chronicle has been following the Masters, and have gained a global audience over the years as one of the trusted resources for this prestigious event. Get the latest news, follow the leaderboard and follow individual players throughout the tournament.

Golf Channel Mobile (Free)

From the cable channel of the same name comes Golf Channel Mobile, an app for the latest news and analysis from industry insiders. With this content-driven app you can see player news and leaderboards as the Golf Channel follows all the major worldwide tours, including the Masters. You’ll see recent episodes, behind-the-scene video, photo galleries and other exclusive content. And you’ll also get tips and tricks from legendary golf instructors, making this a one-stop shop for news and lessons alike.

PGA Tour (Free)

With the official PGA Tour app you can follow golf tournaments all season long. Customize your app home page to follow your favorite players, checking the leaderboard to see their current ranking. You’ll get access to complete scoreboards for every round of every player, and live play-by-play updates for the games tracked by this app. Like similar apps, PGA Tour also offers analysis and recent news, along with photo galleries, daily recaps and exclusive video.

FreeCaddie Pro Golf GPS ($4.95)

Ready to take on 18 holes? The FreeCaddie Pro app will give you useful information on tens of thousands of courses around the world. It offers maps, stats and yardages for golf courses, as well as personal stats to track your own progress. If you’re playing with a group, you can keep their scores as well. Use the app to help line up your shot, getting distance data on course features like bunkers and hazards. You can also determine how far you hit that drive. The app has recently been updated to allow you to move the map around to see the distance remaining to the center of the green based on your current location.

V1 Golf for Android (Free)

Want to improve your golf swing? V1 Golf for Android will analyze your swing to help you improve over time. Optimized for smartphones and tablets, you’ll get access to dozens of swings from top-ranked tournament players. Using your device’s camera you can record your swing, then trim and edit it to have it analyzed. Compare it to the swings of the greats, with an option to store your swing clips and submit them to a V1 instructor for further analysis. With the $4.99 unlocker you’ll be able to compare swings side-by-side, and even overlay clips to get a detailed look at where you can improve.

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