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The Shot Scope V3 GPS and Shot Tracker is a massive upgrade from V2. Slimmer watch with color screen, longer battery life, and pre-loaded courses. Effort free shot tracking. Superb data displays.
One of my favorite things about reviewing products is seeing how industry leaders improve their offerings. Every time that TRUE Linkswear releases a shoe, I think it’s the best yet and can’t be beaten…then they make a better one. Shot Scope is in the same category. Their V2 system [review HERE] was already the best shot tracker in golf, but with V3 they’ve raised the bar in nearly every conceivable way.
Set Up & Ease of Use
Shot Scope continues to lead the way in making shot tracking easy and accessible. After charging the watch, it takes less than a minute to pair it with your app. Answer a couple questions – RH or LH, Yards or Meters – and you’re good to go.
Shot Scope V3 comes with 16 club tags which are labeled, so you don’t have to pair them with your phone. Screw each one into the butt of the grip and you’re ready to go. Each tag weighs barely 1 gram so it won’t alter your club’s swing weight.
35,000 courses are pre-loaded onto the V3 watch, so when you get to the course, simply turn on the watch, choose your mode, and start playing. The three modes are GPS, GPS + Track, and PRO Mode. GPS provides yardages without collecting data. PRO Mode collects your shot data without giving you yardages. GPS + Track does both.
Shot Scope collects the data on each shot automatically, so you don’t need to do anything while you’re playing. You do have the option of using the PinCollect feature to mark the exact location of the hole, creating more precise short game data.
There have been some very substantial upgrades to Shot Scope V3. The highlights are:
–35,000 pre-loaded courses. This means you don’t need to load each course onto your watch before the round.
-Dual GPS makes Shot Scope the most accurate GPS system in golf.
–Battery life of 10+ hours compared to 6 hours on V2. Also the battery charges faster than V2: a full charge takes only 90 minutes.
-Daylight readable color screen
-Everyday watch mode
Using Shot Scope V3 is pleasure. The watch is light and slim, and the display is excellent. Its user interface is totally intuitive. Also, the enhanced battery life and faster recharge time makes it more practical to use on a regular basis.
The GPS function has taken a major leap forward due to the color screen and the dual GPS. By using two GPS bands, Shot Scope claims to be accurate to 30 cm, and that accuracy is obvious when you look at your shot tracking. Shot Scope V3 doesn’t have the problems other trackers do such as a shot from the bunker being shown as a shot from the fairway, or vice versa. Also, Shot Scope V3 gives you yardages to the front and to carry each hazard. This seems like an obvious inclusion, but many GPS systems fail to provide both. Finally, Shot Scope continues to offer Dynamic Yardages, so that distances to the green and hazards are accurate regardless of the angle you’re approaching from.
Shot Scope offers the most statistics, and they continue to add more. From the app, you can see your stats in Tee Shots, Approaches, Short Game, and Putting, with each broken down by club, if you choose. On desktop, you can get even more granular with your analysis. To this, Shot Scope is adding Strokes Gained statistics later this year. For those that want a game-ified experience, Shot Scope also offers badges that you can earn for on-course achievements and leader boards where you can compare your game to others.
One behind-the-scenes point worth making is that Shot Scope maps every course themselves, and they own their own course maps. This means that their maps are very accurate and can be updated quickly and easily. If your home course does a renovation or swaps nines, an email to Shot Scope will yield an update in the app in very short order.
Finally, it needs to be reiterated that the shot tracking experience is seamless. Turn the watch on, pick your course, and play golf. There’s no tagging, tapping, or anything else, and the data that Shot Scope V3 produces is the most accurate of any shot tracker I’ve used. The need to edit your data post round is quite rare.
Shot Scope V3 is an awesome system, so I’m really nit picking here to come up with some negatives. One addition I’d love to see is a full bird’s eye view of the hole on the GPS. I’d also like more of the granular stats viewable on the app, but I recognize there are limits to usability on a small touchscreen.
Finally, I know some people don’t want to wear a watch when they golf, and that is required with Shot Scope. But even that, compared to the requirements of other shot tracking systems, is a relative strength.
Shot Scope V3 retails for $220 with a special launch price of $180 (buy it HERE) until July 31. This is a fair price just for the high quality GPS watch, and with the shot tracking capabilities, it’s a steal. Add to that the fact that there are no annual fees and you have the best value in shot tracking.
For me, there is no real competition in the shot tracking category. With the introduction of Shot Scope V3, the company has improved nearly everything about an already great product. If you’re serious about your game, you need to be shot tracking, and you should be doing that with Shot Scope V3.