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At the 2016 PGA Show, I saw Shot Scope for the first time. As a fan of shot tracking, I was immediately intrigued to see what this newcomer would bring to the table. Shot Scope is now available at retail, and in this review I’ll let you know how it compares to the established players in this market.
Set-Up/Ease of Use
The first step to setting up Shot Scope is installing the tags in your clubs. Shot Scope comes with 20 tags, so you’ll be able to tag some alternate clubs if you like. From that point, just turn on the wristband and play. It is worth noting that the wristband takes a few minutes to get a GPS signal, so you’ll want to turn it on as soon as you arrive at the course.
On the course, you don’t need to do anything. However, if you want more precise data you can use the PinCollect feature. This requires standing at the cup and pushing the button that corresponds with the number of putts you took on that hole.
After the round, you upload your data to your phone or to your computer. To do the former, open the app, connect your phone to the wristband via Bluetooth, and push sync. This takes about a minute total. If you want to upload to your computer, you can do so via USB. Now all your stats are viewable on the online dashboard.
The most important strength of Shot Scope is PinCollect. As it stands right now, Shot Scope is the only system that knows where the hole is, and that allows it to produce stats other systems can’t.
You don’t need your phone on the course.
Uploading the data to your phone is fast and easy. The value of not having to plug your device into your computer cannot be overstated.
The data presentation is quite good and has some features that are unique. My favorites are the ones that leverage PinCollect, such as showing your make percentage on putts of different distances.
The wristband. It’s not small (approx 2.25″ X 1.25″) or particularly light, and you need to make sure it’s charged.
Editing your round can be a hassle. I didn’t need to do much of this, but when I did, I felt like I had to use a desktop.
As of this writing, your data is available only through the web, not in the app. Shot Scope is planning an update for January 2017 that will fix this for both iOS and Android.
For $280, Shot Scope gives you the wristband and 20 tags. This is higher than Arccos 360 ($250), Arccos ($200), and GAME Golf Live ($200), but not prohibitively so. If you like Shot Scope’s approach to gathering and presenting your data, it’s a great addition to your kit.
Overall, I’m really impressed with Shot Scope. I’m particularly high on PinCollect and the stats that it creates, which are currently unique to Shot Scope. If you want shot tracking but don’t want to have your phone on the course, Shot Scope is my current recommendation.
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