If you carry a smartphone (and keep it on vibrate when at the course), a couple of new golf apps will come in handy. On your way to the course, check out up-to-the minute Golfweather.com, which tracks conditions on more than 20,000 golf courses across the country for free. The service forecasts temperature, wind speed and direction, and rain probability on your iPhone (and soon for Android phones). Once at the first tee, log into the Grow the Ga

If you carry a smartphone (and keep it on vibrate when at the course), a couple of new golf apps will come in handy. On your way to the course, check out up-to-the minute Golfweather.com, which tracks conditions on more than 20,000 golf courses across the country for free. The service forecasts temperature, wind speed and direction, and rain probability on your iPhone (and soon for Android phones).  Once at the first tee, log into the Grow the Ga

For many recreational golfers, the quest for a straight shot is tantamount to seeking the Holy Grail, but that quest may have ended with the Polara Ultimate Straight golf ball. Billed as the “world’s first self-correcting golf ball,” the Polara, with a unique dimple design, purports to correct slices and hooks up to 75 percent—guaranteed. Golfers who like to work the ball and tour pros (since it does not conform to USGA specs) need not apply, but for those weekend warriors desperate to find the short grass consistently, the Polara ball may be the secret. Suggested retail price: $24.95 per dozen, polaragolf.com