Golf News – March 21, 2023

Shot Scope Introduces the Multi-Function X5 GPS Golf Watch

EDINBURGH, UK – Shot Scope, the industry-leader in advanced GPS and shot tracking technology, today introduced the multi-function X5 GPS Golf Watch, the next generation in the Company’s award-winning performance tracking and distance measuring smart watch technology.  Designed to be worn both on and off the course, the stylish X5 offers AI-powered performance tracking of over 100 statistics with a built-in step counter and accurate, real-time front, middle and back distances to all greens, hazards and doglegs on over 36,000 preloaded golf courses worldwide.

Available at an unbeatable $299.99 price point, the X5 joins Shot Scope’s stable of low-cost, high-tech GPS and performance products that are offered — unlike leading competitors in the industry — with NO subscription fees and free firmware updates, including new feature offerings.

Additionally, The X5 is completely customizable allowing golfers to choose from 5 different watch face designs, as well as interchange the color of their strap, for a variety of stylish looks on or off the course. This is complemented by a clear and bright full-color 1.2” touchscreen and multi-function crown that enables quick and easy navigation of menus, with a glare resistant display of large and clear distance numbers (yards or meters) and other data points.

The launch of X5 comes on the heels of the debut of Shot Scope Academy, a first-of-its-kind game tracking system — designed specifically for PGA Professionals, golf coaches and teachers — that uses advanced technology to establish unlimited connectivity between instructors and golfers to track and analyze their performance “on the course.”

The Shot Scope Academy system allows any type of instructor, from amateur teachers to collegiate coaches, to track the performance of a golfer using the Company’s X5 and V3 Smart Watches, or PRO LX+ Rangefinder models, during a round of golf anywhere in the world. Following the round, all data captured from tee to green is seamlessly uploaded where the instructor can view and analyze the round and, in-turn, instantly send game improvement recommendations or lesson plans.

From a GPS standpoint, the X5 offers over 36,000 preloaded courses that are mapped in-house with 48-hour course edits. It is unmatched in accuracy with instant front, middle and back distances to all greens, hazards, lay up points and doglegs. This is complemented by Shot Scope’s PinCollect technology, which allows golfers to record the exact pin location for important and accurate putting statistics. Further, the Green View display provides the shape of the green from any location on the course allowing the golfer to drag and drop the pin to the correct location for the day. Plus, the digital scorecard enables the golfer to keep track of scores during the round.

With regard to game performance tracking, the X5 automatically records every shot hit on the course thanks to Shot Scope’s new and improved, lightweight 2nd generation plug-n-play RFID tracking tags that are embedded with smart GPS chips and easily screw into the butt-end of every club. Unlike other golf performance trackers, X5’s Power-Sense AI strap technology delivers instant syncing, while enabling club recognition with no pairing, phone or tagging required. The tags communicate with the watch and identify what club was hit and its location on the course. As a result, the 16 tracking tags that come with the X5 capture detailed data that provides a breakdown of a golfer’s game and style from over 100 performance statistics including Club Distances, Approaches, Short Game, Putting, Strokes Gained and Handicap Benchmarking.

As the engine of X5, Shot Scope’s Power-Sense AI strap technology works automatically in the background to continuously scan the golfer’s swing settings to optimize performance tracking. The technology creates an ever-increasing volume and accuracy of data collected from the golfer during play, leading to more insights and statistics that help the player, or a coach, understand their game better, improve on-course strategy and shoot lower scores. The more rounds the golfer plays with X5 the smarter the AI technology becomes, eventually producing highly refined settings that are personal to that individual.

Following a round, golfers can instantly sync their X5 device via Bluetooth with the free to download iOS and Android mobile apps. The app and interactive dashboard provide an aerial view of the course for a bird’s-eye perspective and displays all the data captured throughout the round. This enables a golfer, coach or PGA Professional to review and analyze every shot hit from tee to green.

The Shot Scope X5, including customizable strap color options (which are sold separately), can be purchased at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Golf Galaxy, PGA Superstores, golf specialty stores or online at www.shotscope.com. Full course maps will be available with X5 as part of a future update coming in 2023, as Shot Scope continuously release new features and updates all free of charge to the golfer.

Visit Shot Scope HERE

FootJoy Premiere Series: Inspired by Then. Supercharged for Now.

FAIRHAVEN, MA – The Premiere Series family of shoes, inspired by golf shoes of the past and supercharged for today’s game, is far and away the choice of more Tour players than any other shoe.  Worn by the likes of Justin Thomas, Max Homa, Will Zalatoris, Cam Young, Jessica Korda and many, many more, the Premiere Series combines premium construction, performance innovation and unmatched comfort and support with a distinctly modern interpretation on a classic design.

FootJoy, the #1 Shoe in Golf, is introducing two new members to the Premiere Series collection with the launch of the stylish new Premiere Series Wilcox for men and Premiere Series Issette for women.  Both offer amazing traction, great stability, lightweight construction and a refined, modern twist on a classic silhouette.

“The Premiere Series continues to raise the standard for performance and innovation rooted in authentic, classic styling,” said Patrick Trubiano, Director of Product Management, FJ Footwear.  “Players at all levels have adopted the Field and Packard styles at unprecedented rates, and the new Wilcox and Issette patterns are sure to energize the classic category even more.”

INSPIRED BY THEN

The Premiere Series features great details that exude craftsmanship, using full grain leather that offers unparalleled beauty, fit and comfort.  These new additions include modern details that deliver an iconic look for players with a discerning sense of style.

SUPERCHARGED FOR NOW

The VersaTrax+ outsole is engineered with multiple densities of traction elements to create a system that delivers excellent performance on any surface.  Translucent rubber traction elements offer a high-end look and feel while providing excellent traction with each step.  The specifically designed anti-channeling traction pattern creates grip for any lie, stance or angle.

The Premiere Series also delivers on comfort, featuring a Ortholite® EcoPlush FitBed® that delivers perimeter stability in the heel as well as super-soft and comfortable custom underfoot cushioning.  OrthoLite does not take a set, so the cushioning continues to rebound and will remain the same for the life of the shoe.

The Premiere Series Wilcox and Issette will be available beginning March 17, 2023.

For those looking to design their own golf shoes, The Premiere Series line is available on MyJoys.  Create custom MyJoys with millions of possible combinations of colors, prints, laces and more, available for both men and women in both Laced and BOA®.

Visit FootJoy Golf HERE

Nippon Shaft Wins in South Africa

CARLSBAD, CA – The winner, runner-up and two players who tied for third place all played Nippon Shaft products enroute to their outstanding finishes at the DP World Tour’s SDC Championship at St. Francis Links in East Cape, South Africa.

The 37-year-old Englishman won his first DP World Tour event in style, using Nippon Shaft N.S.PRO MODUS³ N.S.PRO 120 X flex steel shafts in his irons to shoot 18-under par and win by seven shots.

The runner-up, who finished at 11-under, used N.S.PRO MODUS³ WV 125 steel shafts in his wedges. Two players who shot 10-under and tied for third both used the N.S.PRO MODUS³ N.S. PRO 120 X flex steel shafts in their irons.

More than 200 players on the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, European Tour and Korn Ferry Tour use Nippon Shaft’s MODUS³ series steel shafts to help gain their desired distance, accuracy, and trajectory.

Nippon Shaft products are available globally either as stock or custom shafts in many of the world’s top iron brands.

Visit Nippon Shaft HERE

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