Swing by Swing
Swing by Swing is a solid free rangefinder with satellite images. Better yet, it’s one of the few free apps with a user interface that doesn’t make us cringe. A tap on the screen brings up the distance to the selected point and, if you are greater than 50 yards out, the distance from that point to the center of the green. Total hole distance and par is always displayed. Swing by Swing will auto-advance between holes, and users can start or jump to any hole they like – there is even golf trivia for you to read while the satellite images load.
Unfortunately, users can’t zoom in on a selected area nor can they pan around the hole, and the free version of Swing by Swing doesn’t have a scorecard or statistics tracking (those features can be purchased for an additional fee). Yes, you could use this app for free GPS and satellite images, and then use another free app for scoring, but we are simply too lazy to hop between two when one can do the job.
Price: Free for GPS use, an additional $11.99 for scorecard functionality