At first glance, Birdie looks like a very good entry into this field. However, after using it for a few hours, I found myself frustrated with certain features of the program. Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of Birdie is the score entry technique.

Birdie uses a slider that must be moved left (reduce) or right (increase) for each stroke on a hole. So if you’ve got four players in your group, and you all take a seven on your club’s tough par five, you’ll be sliding your finger to the right a total of 28 times, just for one hole!

While the slider looks nice on the screen, a set of simple plus and minus buttons would be much faster and less stressful on your index finger.

Birdie does have some unique features in this group - it’s the only program that includes a timer for use when hunting lost balls, and it includes your score in gross, net, and Stableford formats. You can also send your final scorecard out by email, which is very useful


With just a few tweaks, I think Birdie could be a strong competitor in this group, but as it stands now, other programs are easier and faster to use.

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