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Tiger Woods gets in the swing with new app: here's six more suggestions

As Tiger offers to teach golfers how to swing on the mobile – we suggest half a dozen more developments for Ireland’s athletes.

TIGER WOODS IS now giving lessons on mobile phones.

Woods has launched a mobile application called “Tiger Woods: My Swing” for the iPhone and iPod touch that aims to help golfers of all skill levels improve through video analysis and instruction. It costs $9.99 and proceeds go to the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Woods is going through his fourth swing change since turning pro in 1996, so it’s not clear which swing will be on display. But he says the application is based on how he practices. He says he has used video technology to gauge how his swing is developing.

The application will allow golfers to capture video of their swings to analyze and compare to Woods’. Woods serves as a virtual teacher. The app also includes personalized videos in which Woods answers questions.

He’s not the first athlete to release an app. Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has a lot of hair. so much so, he developed an application for those who wished to reproduce his Sideshow Bob look. The description reads:

“It’s not a big deal to have a smart phone anymore, but it’s a ridiculously big deal to have Polamalooza on your smart phone.

“Make your man-do fuller and thicker with funny little pictures, track progress for instant smack-talking opportunities and test your gridiron knowledge for extra yardage.”

Helpfully, Head & Shoulders warn those amongst us with short attention spans, long digital hair and smartphones:

Please remember, texting and Polamaloozing is not recommended when operating a motorized vehicle.

Here’s six Irish sports star who might follow the Americans’ lead into the iTunes Store.

Tiger Woods gets in the swing with new app: here's six more suggestions
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  • Tadhg Kennelly

    Follow this Aussie Rules convert around the screen as he heel-toes it about the screen in a celebration jig. Turn upside down for the Sydney Swans version.
  • Brian Cody

    The Kilkenny manager elucidates on topics as wide and vaired as ‘Gossip Girl: modern feminist tome or meta-narrative farce?’ to ‘the future of ground hurling in a post-Celtic Tiger Ireland’. Savage stuff, indeed.
  • Damien Duff

    The Duffer is a notorious man for the cot. Download his specially developed sleep-monitoring device which also always you to skip the daily lie of setting the alarm and then pressing the snooze button over a dozen times.
  • George Hook

    Tap in an opinion on a rugby game you’ve just witnessed – this app will then magically translate it into the opposite of what everyone else thinks. May start arguments.
  • Hooperman

    Shamrock Rovers’ mascot is a popular figure in south Dublin. Get style tips and behind-the-scenes gossip from one of the scene’s big partiers.
  • Paul Galvin

    Design your own trendy tattoo with this ‘Finuge Ink’ etch-a-sketch application. Also useful for designing dickie bows.

- Additional reporting AP