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It is difficult for golfers to make improvements to their games if they don't know where to look. Unfortunately, when most players finish their rounds, much of that critical information is thrown away. You may remember some of your great shots or your bad shots, but I find that golfers don't really understand what's really going on in terms of their overall trends.
That's where statistics can help. But traditional putts per round and fairways hit can be misleading. If you really want to know what's going on, you need to take a much deeper dive. Fortunately, in recent years, there have been several performance tracking space companies that collect that information for you as you play and present that analysis in a neat online dashboard.
One of the leaders in this room is Shot Scope. A few years ago, the Scotland-based brand solved a significant problem with their V2 GPS watch, which enabled automatic shot tracking without the use of a mobile phone or having to manually label your shots for each swing. Their new release, the V3, has just been released and includes a significant upgrade. After using several rounds, I now believe that the company has removed practically all objections to using their system from a price point of view and functionality.
The only missing piece of the puzzle
Shot Scope V2 was a fantastic product. The system enabled golfers to automatically track their game, display distances via a GPS watch and access a robust online portal, which showed a detailed analysis of where to improve. The only complaint you'd hear from golfers is that the watch was too big.
Here is the V2 Shot Scope watch
In January I met Gavin Dear, the company's Chief Commercial Officer at the PGA Show. I knew what I wanted to hear from him – that Shot Scope had a new hardware upgrade and the watch was now smaller. In my opinion, this was the only real imperfection of the system. Low and see, he responded to my request.
My next question was the price. I assumed they would charge more for a newer release, perhaps in the $ 300- $ 400 range. Gavin told me it would be around $ 200.
I replied, "I think you are going to sell a lot of it."
Taking Shot Scope V3 for a test spin
If you're not familiar with Shot Scope, you can read my review of their V2 release for some more information on what it has to offer. They managed to create a system that solved many of its competitors' problems. Arccos requires a mobile phone to be in the golfer's pocket to track their shots, while GAME GOLF requires users to manually tag shots for each swing. Shot Scope was the first solution that allowed golfers to play their rounds using only a GPS watch that tracked their shots in the background (you need to screw tags onto each of your club grips).
Although I didn't have a huge problem with the V2 watch, due to its size, it was a deal breaker for certain golfers.
Shot Scope V3 introduces a noticeably smaller GPS watch. It now has color, better battery life (up to 10 hours), and a more substantial GPS capability to improve shooting tracking accuracy. It is almost exactly the same size as my Apple Watch.
Recently I played five rounds with the V3 watch. As with V2, you still get distances in the front, center and back of the greens, as well as hazards. It's now a sharper color screen, but most importantly, it no longer strains your wrist.
Distances to the bunkers can be displayed on the watch as it collects your shot data in the background
All course downloads and round edits are handled through their mobile app, which is quite intuitive to use.
Here's a view of the post-round editing process handled through their mobile app
For the most part, almost every shot I hit on the track was properly tracked. You have the option to manually tag where the pin is while you play for improved pitting accuracy. However, I found that even when I did, you should still spend about 5-10 minutes after your round in the app to make sure everything is correct. Putting is actually the only place where the watch may not detect exactly where you are on the course. Shot Scope told me they may be addressing that issue with a firmware upgrade that will amplify the GPS signal.
Overall, there was no major issue with V2 in terms of functionality, but the newer version of Shot Scope solves the "watch size issue" and adds a boost to GPS accuracy and battery life.
Your performance at each club is tracked by tags that you screw into each of your grips
The online dashboard is still top notch and they have also added many social elements where you can compete against other golfers. For less than € 200, you get a GPS viewing and tracking system without running costs. In the current market, I think this is a value proposition.
Where It Fits
When this category first started 5+ years ago, I was very excited about the prospects. If you want to become a better golfer, I really believe keeping your stats can absolutely help. However, traditional stats like fairways hit can be misleading, and almost every company in this category does a great job of taking a deeper dive into where your game needs help.
Shot Scope & # 39; s tee shot visualization
I liked what GAME GOLF had to offer, despite the need to manually tag photos, but unfortunately the company is no longer active.
is still a big player, but you have to keep your cell phone in your pocket while you play, which is a deal breaker for me. They have a workaround with a sensor that you can wear on your belt, but it is currently unavailable and brings the total cost of the product closer to $ 300. In addition, there is an ongoing cost to use their software.
Garmin has their CT-10 tracking system
which I liked, but it does require the purchase of one of their watches which makes it even more expensive.
With the current release, I think Shot Scope has nestled at a great price. In addition, they have largely solved the problem of tracking your shots during the round without being a nuisance.
You can buy Shot Scope V3 here on their website.