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Shooting at high altitude

With the WGC – Mexico Championship being held at Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City, there has been greater talk of the effect of altitude on the golf ball than ever before. The Chapultepec Golf Club sits 7,835 feet above sea level at its highest point, thereby making it the highest PGA Tour venue of all time.
Most golfers have an understanding that the ball flies further when playing at altitude and this is true. The ball will carry a greater distance at altitude due to the decrease in air density which therefore makes it easier for the ball to fly through the air. The exact impact on distance is hard to calculate however a rough calculation shows that the ball will fly an extra 9%, compared to sea level, at the Chapultepec Golf Club.
The increase in distance this week was evident in round one with there being 39 drives over 350 yards and a longest drive of 387 yards by Jhonattan Vegas. More startling perhaps though was the distance that irons were being hit, with Dustin Johnson hitting a 2-iron pin high with his tee shot on a 332-yard par 4.
Although many of you will be sitting thinking that an extra 9% distance to your shots would be great, it also comes with its difficulties. Along with the increased distance, the ball also flies at a lower trajectory making the ball harder to stop on the green. On top of this, the altitude also makes clubbing much more difficult as the extra distance you get can depend greatly on the type of shot you hit and the distance each shot goes can vary greatly. The difficulty of clubbing was highlighted by Thomas Pieters who, in practice, hit one 9-iron 190 metres and the next 9-iron 160 metres.
So before everyone starts looking for a new golf course at altitude, just remember, the extra distance also comes with its fair share of difficulties.

– Ally Millar, Commerical Assistant

Scottish Golf Awards 2017

Team Shot Scope at the Scottish Golf Awards 2017
Team Shot Scope on the red carpet at the Scottish Golf Awards 2017

Team Shot Scope were an official sponsor of the Scottish Golf Awards in Edinburgh on Friday the 24th of February for a fantastic evening celebrating the achievements of the Scottish golfing community.

Scottish Golf Awards 2017
Shot Scope CEO David Hunter presented the Women’s Order of Merit to Hannah McCook

Congratulations to Hannah McCook – the winner of the Women’s Order of Merit after a stunning 2016 performance with two top-10 finishes and a solid performance all season.

Scottish Golf Show 2017
Team Shot Scope got up close and personal with the Claret Jug

Was good to dream for a night that one of us was lifting the real Claret Jug in triumph…! Great to catch up with Scottish golfing legends who have brought so much success to the Home of Golf, from Paul Lawrie to Stephen Gallacher.

Huge thank you to Scottish Golf for a wonderful event, we’re looking forward to another fantastic golf season in 2017.

Shot Scope Golfing Goals For 2017

A new year, a new you. Forget about all those three putts, sliced drives and chunked wedges. It’s time to dust off your clubs, stock up on tees and get practicing. Here are some of the goals the Shot Scope team have made for next season.

David Hunter – CEO & Founder, Handicap 6

Golfing Goal – “Play more and to break 85″

Gavin Dear – Chief Commercial Officer, Handicap +2

Golfing Goal – “If my work schedule allows, return to play in the Scottish Amateur Championship at Prestwick”

Jamie Binning – Commercial Executive, Handicap 2

Golfing Goal – “To play more competitive golf and to have a make percentage of 70% or above for putts inside 6ft”

Rachael McQueen – Community Engagement Executive, Professional LETAS

Golfing Goal – “I need to decide whether to continue my golf career as a Professional or return to the amateur ranks”

Neil McGregor – Commercial Assistant, Handicap 4

Golfing Goal – “To get my handicap down to 3 and to try and win my Club Championships”

Ally Millar – Commercial Assistant, Handicap 23

Golfing Goal – “To play at least twice a week and bring my handicap down”

 

British Performance Tracking Brand Shot Scope to Exhibit at PGA Merchandise Show

Leading golf performance tracking brand Shot Scope has announced it is to exhibit at the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida in January.

Since first coming to market in January 2016, Shot Scope has established itself as the first and only performance tracking system that collects data automatically, without disrupting play due to the need to tag or sync with a phone.

More than half a dozen employees from the Edinburgh-based company will be on the brand’s 400 sq ft booth to educate qualified golf industry professionals about the benefits of the Shot Scope system.

“We’re excited to continue riding the momentum that the brand has generated since coming to market almost a year ago, and we look forward to expanding our business on a global scale next year,” commented Shot Scope CEO David Hunter.

“With a significantly larger booth this year, the show will once again provide us with a fantastic opportunity to showcase the industry’s first ever automatic, wearable performance tracking system,” continued Hunter.

To book an appointment at the booth (#2063), please email media@shotscope.com. For more information on Shot Scope, visit www.shotscope.com.

Manufactured entirely in the UK, Shot Scope’s smart, wearable technology is more intuitive and comprehensive than any other current market offering, with the patented system enabling players to track their progress based on more than just their score.

With the overriding goal of improving the way in which both amateur and professional golfers collect and analyse statistics from their game, Shot Scope is the first fully automated performance tracking system for golf.

 

Thomas Bjorn named 2018 European Ryder Cup Captain

Thomas Bjorn will become the first Dane, and the first Scandinavian, to lead Team Europe at the next edition of the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris France, from September 28th – 30th 2018.

Chosen by the five-man selection panel comprising of the three most recent European Ryder Cup Captains – Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley and Jose Maria Olazabal – as well as the Chief Executive of the European Tour, Keith Pelley, and European Tour Tournament Committee member Henrik Stenson, 45-year-old Bjorn will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role of team captain. According to the 2010 European Team Captain Colin Montgomerie, Bjorn was the “obvious choice” for the role. He said, “’I saw first-hand what he was like as a vice-captain in 2010, and he was exceptional. We need to win the Ryder Cup back in France, and I feel we’ve got the best captain to do that.”

Having featured in three victorious European Ryder Cup teams as a player, namely Valderrama in 1997, The Belfry in 2002 and at Gleneagles in 2014, Bjorn understands the pressures of playing in such a heated environment. Moreover, Bjorn has also served as a vice-captain on four previous occasions – most recently under Darren Clarke in the defeat to Team USA at Hazeltine this year. As well as possessing an impressive Ryder Cup record, Bjorn has also had a stellar individual career having amassed 15 European Tour wins over a 20-year career.

On the announcement of his new role, Bjorn said, “It’s a huge honour for me to be named European captain for The 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris. This is one of the greatest days in my career.”

Given Bjorn’s history with the Ryder Cup, as well as the respect he has garnered through his development of the European Tour as Chairman of the Tournament Committee, a role he has held since 2007, it is difficult to argue with the appointment with Bjorn as the next European Team Captain.

However, despite his glowing CV, Bjorn can at times be a feisty character – a trait he demonstrated in 2006 with an outburst at being left out of Ian Woosnam’s European Team. As such it will be interesting to see how he engages with his team, as well as the media. Additionally, Bjorn has previous experience of captaining a team having captained a strong Continental Europe Team in the 2009 Seve Trophy. Despite having the likes of Miguel Angel Jimenez, Francesco Molinari and Henrik Stenson at his disposal, Bjorn suffered a heavy defeat to the GB&I team losing 16.5 to 11.5.

Bjorn has no doubt learned from his previous experience of captaining a team, as well as having the benefit of the tutelage of Clarke and co. from successful Ryder Cup battles. As such, I am confident he remains the right man for the role. Indeed, now his appointment has been announced, I can’t wait to follow the twists and turns of the European Tour over the next few seasons to see who Bjorn will be taking with him to Le Golf National to try and win back the Ryder Cup.

By Neil McGregor , Commercial Assistant at Shot Scope

Ryder Cup : Should the Qualifying Requirements for Team Europe Change?

Ever since Europe lost to the US team in the first time since 2008 at Hazeltine, there have been lots of grumblings as to why? The US team played some phenomenal golf and were the rightful winners but the European team on paper were just as strong if not stronger. The European team consisted of the current Open champion, Olympic gold medalist, the Masters champion and the Fedex Cup Champion surely that’s an unbeatable team, unfortunately they were prove otherwise.

So what happened? Well recently a few players have said that Team Europe needs to re-evaluate how the qualifying system works. This is understandable as somebody might win a tournament early in the season way before the Ryder Cup but that doesn’t mean their current form is worthy. The other defence for the change is that two players within the top 20 in the world did not qualify. This is because in order to automatically qualify for those 9 magic spots, one you need to be a member of the European Tour and two you need to play in events on the European tour to gain enough points.

A lot of people argue that if Paul Casey and Russell Knox really wanted a spot on the team they would have made the sacrifice, but should a player really have to sacrifice tournaments and their career on the PGA Tour for a Ryder Cup place, for a place in a team that they rightfully should already be in?

Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood have both spoken out in favour of a change to the current format. They understand why the tour wants European tour players only but it is difficult when you are missing out on world class European players in America. The Ryder Cup is a world stage tournament so the best players from Europe and USA should be included.

In the end all European players are still from Europe no matter their personal choice on what tour they play on or the country they live in. What tour they play on does not suddenly change their nationality nor does it change their passion for the game and the passion they would show granted a spot representing their continent.

By Rachael McQueen, Community Engagement Executive at Shot Scope

Getting to know John Daly, better

John Daly gets his fair share of bad press. Most recently his drinking has come to the lime light again. Nobody is naïve to the fact Daly had a drinking problem. Unfortunately due to being the character he is on the course, his life off the course has always been heavily documented, his successes unfortunately being overshadowed by his downfalls.

Daly joined the PGA tour in 1991 and quickly became one of the most intriguing figures on tour. He was known for his explosive personality, his rough and tumble personal life, and of course how far he hit the golf ball. ESPN have made a short film about Daly’s life as part of their ‘30 for 30’ series. The short documentary is aptly titled ‘Hit it Hard’ and will debut on November 1st. ESPN have been releasing small tasters to wet our appetite for this most anticipated short film.

The most recent clip shows a candid Daly admitting he drank during a PGA tour event. As much as this comes as no surprise to most people, we are hoping this short film is more about his triumphs than the addictive battle he faced during his career. Of course this is something that made John Daly who he was but there is way more to the colourful trouser wearing, long hitter.

Unfortunately, the good stories about John don’t generate the same amount of interest because everybody wants the gory details of his alcohol abuse, gambling and broken marriages. Deep down, party boy Daly has a heart of gold. In 1991 Daly punched his ticket into the PGA championship due to nine players withdrawing from the event, giving him the opportunity of a lifetime.

Before his win at the PGA championship he had missed 11 cuts in 23 starts. He was a complete unknown when he tee’d it up in the first round but that was all about to change. Daly’s long hitting was second to none that week and he holed everything.  His week at Crooked Stick was a Cinderella story that everyone embraced and followed until the very end when he was the man holding the trophy.

Earlier that week a storm had wreaked havoc at Crooked Stick and had unfortunately taken the life of one of the volunteers, when he was struck by lightning. The volunteer left two young girls and a wife. When John was presented the Wannamaker trophy he said he was going to give $30,000 to a scholarship fund for the two young girls that had lost their father that week.

ESPN will not have struggled for material when creating this documentary. He was an instant sensation after his PGA championship win. Everybody bought into his humble beginnings in Arkansas and his fiery attitude on and off the course. He was followed for his extraordinary length off the tee and mostly known for his gambling and his 4 failed marriages.  John also went on to win a second major at The Open in 1995.

Just like every other golf fan we cannot wait to see this heavily anticipated ’30 for 30’ about the golfing hero, John Daly.

By Rachael McQueen, Community Engagement Executive at Shot Scope

Scottish Golf Performance Tracking System Used on European Tour at Dunhill Links

Shot Scope’s Performance Tracking System was used last week on the European Tour by professional golfer Jamie McLeary at one of the leading events in global golf, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. This is the first time the system has been used by a professional golfer in competitive play. Shot Scope has been ruled as conforming to the Rules of Golf and is therefore suitable for use in all competitive tournaments. McLeary finished two under par at the championship, unfortunately narrowly missing the cut. He was delighted was the system: “It was a great thrill to debut Shot Scope’s technology on the European Tour. For a statistics fanatic like myself, I’ve always been interested in performance data and Shot Scope now allows me to capture this data in a manner that doesn’t distract me from my game.” Shot Scope had a significant presence at the event and garnered interest from amateurs and pros alike, including Simon Dyson, Nico Colsaerts, George Coetzee and Oliver Wilson, with many taking home a Shot Scope for their own use. Shot Scope is the first fully automated performance tracking system for golfers.

ABOUT SHOT SCOPE TECHNOLOGIES

Shot Scope Technologies (shotscope.com) is a Scottish company which has designed, manufactured and launched a wearable performance tracking system for both the amateur and professional golfer. It is comprised of a wristband and a set of 20 unique tags.

The intuitive system provides information that is beneficial to golfers of every level. The data translates into over 100 Tour-level statistics displayed in meaningful charts, graphs and tables. The golfer’s strengths and weaknesses are highlighted and the in-depth analysis is based on far more than just the final score.

Shot Scope automatically collects data in the background, allowing the golfer to play uninterrupted. The unique ClubSense technology utilises the tags to detect which club is in use, therefore no manual input is required. PinCollect has been developed and optimised for putting. Integrated GPS ensures accurate tracking that pinpoints the exact location of shots. On completion of a round, data can be quickly uploaded to a smartphone or computer via Bluetooth or USB, where it can be viewed instantly.

JAMIE MCLEARY

McLeary has had a solid year in 2016, with his first top-10 finish on the European Tour at the Tshwane Open in February. The Bonnyrigg-based golfer is delighted to be using the very latest golf technology on the course and says that the fact it comes from such a local company is “an added bonus.”

ALFRED DUNHILL LINKS CHAMPIONSHIP 2016

Held over four days on three of the finest Scottish links courses, the championship attracts top professionals and celebrity amateur golfers alike. The two-part annual championship sees the likes of Hugh Grant, Jamie Dornan and Ronan Keating partner with pro golfers to compete in the team format while an individual professional tournament runs parallel. With contestants competing for a £3 million prize fund. Englishman Tyrrell Hatton won the 2016 tournament with the tied lowest score in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship history of 23-under-par.

Scottish Golf Technology Company Launch Internationally

Shot Scope Technologies’ performance tracking system is now available to buy from shotscope.com. Highly anticipated release follows a sell-out pre-order in January 2016. On sale since mid-June, Shot Scope is already being used in 24 countries worldwide. Users are averaging 1,000 rounds per month with Shot Scope, playing around the world: from Australia to South Africa, Bermuda to Argentina, China to the UAE and many more. Shot Scope has received positive feedback for both its technology and customer service. It is the world’s first fully automated performance tracking wristband for golf. Shot Scope will be used on the European Tour for the first time at the Alfred Dunhill Links in St Andrews in October 2016.

ABOUT US

Shot Scope Technologies (shotscope.com) is a Scottish company which has designed, manufactured and launched a wearable performance tracking system for both the amateur and professional golfer. It is comprised of a wristband and a set of 20 unique tags.

The intuitive system provides a level of information that was previously only available to professionals. The data translates into over 100 Tour-level statistics: displayed in meaningful charts, graphs and tables to allow for real understanding of the information. The data highlights the golfer’s strengths and weaknesses and gives an in-depth analysis based on far more than just the final score.

Shot Scope automatically collects data in the background, allowing the golfer to play uninterrupted. The unique ClubSense technology utilises the tags to detect which club is in use, therefore no manual input is required. PinCollect has been developed and optimised for putting. Integrated GPS tracking ensures accurate tracking that pinpoints the exact location of shots. On completion of a round data can be quickly uploaded to a smartphone or computer, via Bluetooth or USB, where it can be viewed instantly. This is where the fun begins. Relive your round of golf and assess your performance like never before: view maps of your shots on each hole, analyse the clubs used and the distance of every shot hit, understand your tee shot performance including long drives, discover how close your approach shots were to the pin and review detailed short game analytics and putting performance insights.

Shot Scope has been ruled as conforming to the Rules of Golf and can therefore be used in competitive play. The system will be used by professional golfers at the Dunhill Links European Tour event in October. Combined with the long battery life and ability to store 100 rounds on the wristband, a golfer can track every shot, every round, every game for maximum insight. Providing a level of data analysis which was once only available to the elite, Shot Scope makes it available to golfers of all levels. Join the Performance Tracking Revolution today and watch your game improve.

QUOTES

David Hunter, CEO: “The team at Shot Scope have worked exceptionally hard over the past year to complete the development, identify manufacturing partners here in Scotland and launch the product. Shot Scope is now being used in more than 20 countries and I am incredibly excited about the future.”

Gavin Dear, CCO and former pro-golfer: “It has been absolutely fantastic to receive the quality feedback from our early users. Seeing rounds coming in from all over the world has really driven the Shot Scope team on. 2017 will be an exciting year and I would expect to see Shot Scope used on the major tours as we have a number of tour professionals actively testing the product right now.”

Ken Lewandowski, Chairman: “Shot Scope is an innovative solution that will revolutionise the game of golf. This is the first product on the market that allows golfers of all levels to automatically collect performance data. Everyone involved is excited about the future of Shot Scope.”

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