PERFECT GOLF GIFT IDEAS

It’s less than a month to Christmas and most you are probably still looking for that perfect gift for your friends and family. Looking for something golf related for your partner and don’t know where to start? Looking to help your relative improve their golf so you don’t have to listen to them moaning about how bad they played every weekend? Want to get your kids into golf? Want to purchase something golf related but not break the bank to purchase such an item? Well, let us give you a few ideas….

 

Shot Scope V2 – Festive Offer £169 RRP £225!

This fully automatic golf tracking and GPS watch is the perfect gift for any level of golfer. The V2 enables golfers to get the most out of their game with highly accurate yardages, as well as producing 100+ post-round statistics to help pinpoint those strengths and weaknesses. Users reduce their handicap by 2.7 shots on average with Shot Scope V2! Average club distances by club ensures that the golfer knows EXACTLY how far they hit each club (not just how far they THINK they hit it).

This product comes complete with a GPS watch, 20 club tags (so there’s a few spares) and interactive features such as Medals and Leaderboards, to bring out the competitor in every golfer. Who wouldn’t want to be on top of the ‘longest putt holed’ global leaderboard?!

Available at shotscope.com for £169 – limited time only!

 

Golphin for Kids15% OFF all sets of clubs

Looking to get your kids out of the house next year? Want them to spend less time playing video games? Well, Golphin is a great way to introduce your kids to the game of golf, which boasts great lifestyle benefits to all ages. Golphin aim to make golf fun and accessible for kids, offering smaller sized sets of clubs, specific to age brackets.

Having clubs that are the appropriate size for children makes learning the game so much easier and fun! These award winning sets of clubs currently have 15% off from 16th November – 10th December! Buy today and start taking your child out on the course with you next year!

 

Royal & Awesome

‘Spectacular Trousers For The Pars and The Bars’ Royal and Awesome offer a variety of unique golf trousers with patterns to make a statement on the golf course. Think your game needs to be ‘jazzed’ up? Then get a pair of these spectacular trousers!

Head to www.royalandawesome.co.uk to check them out!

 

Vice Golf Balls – Unbeatable Prices

Premium golf balls for all levels of ability available from Vice. You can even use their 6 question ‘ball recommender’ service to find the ball that’s perfect for you! You won’t find another brand of ball of this quality without digging deep into your pocket!! If you want to get a family member some useful golf equipment without breaking the bank, then Vice balls are the perfect gift! Prices range from £13-£30 per dozen.

Head over to http://www.vicegolf.com to see the range they have on offer – or answer the ‘ball recommender’ questions!

NEW FEATURE NOW LIVE

Leaderboards are an exciting new way to play and compete amongst friends and other Shot Scope users from all over the world. Combined with the Medals feature released last month, Leaderboards are generated based upon points earned from unlocked Medals.

Play a round, unlock Medals then climb up the Leaderboard. See where you rank against your friends, stimulating a little extra competition each time you play. The incentive is to beat your friends, and make sure your friends know about it! Have competitions within competitions to see who can knock the longest drive out there or hole the longest putt.

There are also Leaderboards for more detailed statistics; such as Approach Proximity, Short Game in the Red Zone and One-Putt Percentage.

The main Leaderboard categories are; Driving, Approaches, Short Game, Putting, Scoring, Medal Points. See the table below for all Leaderboards within those categories…

As ever Shot Scope are always looking to improve the user experience. Over time we aim to develop different types of Leaderboards, enhancing the Shot Scope user experience.

Leaderboards allow for users to interact amongst their friends, and users all over the world. They can try to beat that ridiculously low round by someone in a different country, or more simply, have the lowest round out of their group of friends. The Leaderboards can be used in whatever way the user wishes, it will be entirely up to them how much they interact with the feature.

Bringing interactive and innovative features to Shot Scope V2 separates the product from its competitors. The only GPS and Performance Tracking Golf Watch to offer this level of user competition post round.

Is Brooks Koepka the most underrated golfer?

Some of you may ask – who’s Brooks Koepka? Where has he been all this time? Well, let me tell you a little secret…. Brooks Koepka is the new World No.1 and has won 12 times worldwide! He has won 2 of the 4 Majors in 2018 with a total of 3 Majors in his last 6 played – I don’t know about you but that is an outrageous winning % in Major Championships!!

Nonetheless, all you hear about in the media is the rise of Tiger Woods, and is he ‘back’? Will Dustin Johnston or Speith or Thomas win the next event? Will Rory return to form? Or rather more light heartedly, when will Phil the Thrill start his own dance classes?!

 

Anyway back to Koepka, see how easy it is to get sucked in by all these other big names?! Brooks Koepka is arguably one of the most underrated players currently on the PGA Tour! With back to back US Open wins and 3 Majors in his last 6 attempts you’d think you would see him all over the media, but sadly that is not the case. In Koepka’s Major history he has only ever missed 2 cuts out of 20, yes 2!! AND they were his first two Major tournaments.

Brooks is known for his athletic build and powerful drives, with his longest drive this season at a whopping 411 yards!! That’s longer than most of the Par 4s us regular golfers play – the team at Shot Scope know this, as we map every course on our system! Shot Scope V2 automatically tracks every shot you hit on the course, find out if you can smash one as far Brooks with Shot Scope V2.

 

With a 2018 scoring average of 69.4 (ranks 9th) we should all expect to see Brooks challenging in every tournament he plays. Scoring average combined with his ball striking is why Brooks is ever consistent in non-majors too. This season he has made 16/18 cuts, with 2 runners up placings and 6 top 10s. With his recent CJ Cup win (12th win worldwide) Brooks is now the Official World Golf No. 1!

After all his (rather unheard of) success it seems fitting for Brooks to be awarded 2018 Player of the Year! Congratulations Brooks! It is also nice to see the likes of Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson congratulating Brooks on his title! The camaraderie and sportsmanship within the golfing world is unique to golf.

THE RYDER CUP 2018

Every two years golfers become these die hard, football like hooligans for the event that is arguably the best golfing event ever…. The Ryder Cup! 12 Europeans, 12 Americans, 2 Captains, hundreds of thousands of fans and whole lot of patriotism. The excitement that surrounds this biennial event grows time upon time! Bigger crowds, louder crowds, and an astonishing atmosphere.

Being selected to play in The Ryder Cup brings players great pride. A quote from European Team rookie Tommy Fleetwood:

“This morning when I got up and put my uniform on is the proudest moment of my career”

Tommy highlights just how much it means to these world class players to represent their respective continent in The Ryder Cup.

This year the 2018 Ryder Cup was held at Le Golf National in Paris. The first tee is always an exciting place to be for tee off, but never more so than this year in the 7,000 person grandstand behind the tee!!! One can only imagine the nerves and adrenaline pumping through the players as they walk out onto that first tee. It was none other than USA rookie Tony Finau who got play underway on the Friday morning four-balls, a nerve wracking task for anyone – nevermind a rookie!

Team USA got off to a hot start taking the morning four-balls 3-1. However what happened that afternoon not only flipped the scoreboard but will be remembered in the history books… Europe won all 4 foursome matches to take a 4-3 lead after day one. Over the duration of the weekend the European team showed their class and continued that Friday afternoon form. Zero Ryder Cup points between them before the 2018 event, Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari went 4/4 in their unstoppable pairing – the first ever European pairing to do so! ‘Moliwood’ will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with in many Ryder Cups to come!!

With the strong showing from ‘Moliwood’ coupled with the fact that every player on the European team gained at least 1 full point –Team Europe went on to win The 2018 Ryder Cup 17 ½ – 10 ½. Team Europe were the underdogs going into this year with 5/12 players being ‘rookies’ and Team USA full of ‘on-form’ players. Although in today’s golfing world these guys are classed as ‘rookies’ for the Ryder Cup, we need to remember that they are actually extremely successful golfers, some of the best in the world, which deal with the nerves and pressure placed upon them every tournament.

A Ryder Cup to remember. Excited to see what the 2020 Ryder Cup brings!

The Qualities of a Perfect Texas Scramble Team?

To be successful in a texas scramble you need to have 2 key players in your team. A long driver and an extremely strong putter. Getting a long ball in play off the tee greatly increases the chance of a birdie, stick the approach in close and knock in the putt. Easy.

To win a scramble you need to make every putt that you ‘should’ make, as well as holing a few longer unexpected putts. Putting is vital within a texas scramble. Golf always comes down to ‘drive for show, putt for dough’, the famous phrase throughout the golfing world. As a team you get 4 attempts at the same putt, so if you want to shoot low, one of you has to hole the putt!

Having someone who can hit the ball miles is great, but it also benefits the team to have someone who can hit more consistently down the middle of the fairway. Let the accurate driver hit before everyone else, so that the rest of the team can give it that little bit extra – knowing that there is already one ball safe and in play takes the pressure off.

Sometimes having a female in the team gives an upper hand over teams without one. If they can knock a drive well down there off the forward ladies tee, it hugely benefits everyone in the team.

 

Our Texas Scramble Team

Gavin Jamie Neil Jen
Handicap +1 3 4 0
Av. Score to par 2.3 5.2 4.2 1.7
Strength Driving (distance) Long approaches Putting Driving (accuracy)
Weakness Chipping Putting Long approaches Long approaches

 

Our strategy

Gavin can smack drives a long long way down the hole which will make our approach play shorter. Neil is an outstanding putter with the ability to knock in putts from all over the green. Jamie will attack the par 5s with the accuracy of his long approach play. Jen will utilise the advantage of playing from the ladies tees by knocking drives further up the middle.

Given we are all category one golfers, we should be hitting every green in regulation (or better) as we will have 4 attempts at hitting each green. Chipping is a weak side for our team, however our strengths should outweigh this and ideally we will have no chip shots.

Look out for our blog next week about our (hopefully) winning formula.

What do you think of our team?

HOW TO ACCESS HAZARDS, PENALTIES & BALL TIMER

Top tips on how to access some of our fantastic features such as hazards, recording penalties and starting a ball search timer.

Follow these simple steps next time you’re on the course!

How to access hazards

  • Simply click the triangle with a ‘!’ in the top left hand corner of the F/M/B distance screen.
  • This will take you to the hazards screen where you can access distances to any bunkers and water hazards that are on that hole.

 

 

 

 

  • This image indicates that the hazards are on the right side of the hole.

*If the hazards were on the left side, the graphic would be on the left and the numbers would be on the right*

  • To get back to the yardages screen after this procedure, press the button which now shows ‘F/M/B ruler’ icon

 

How to record a penalty

  • Navigate to the penalties screen by pressing the middle ‘menu’ button on the left side of the watch.
  • Select the appropriate penalty that you require.
  • To find out more about penalty types go to our Support Site

 

 

 

 

 

How to start a ball search timer

  • Navigate to the penalties screen by pressing the middle ‘menu’ button on the left side of the watch.
  • Select ‘Prov’ (provisional ball), before playing your provisional ball.
  • The screen will then ask ‘Lost Ball?’
  • Press the top left button with the stopwatch icon to start the timer.

 

 

 

 

Hopefully these simple step-by-step processes enable you to access all of the unique features of Shot Scope V2 with ease!

5 REASONS WHY A GOLFER SHOULD TRACK THEIR PERFORMANCE

Want to beat your friends in the weekly medal? Lower your handicap? Win the club championship? Win a national title?

To succeed at whatever your golfing goal may be, you need to know the strengths, weaknesses and intricate details of your game. Shot Scope V2 allows for detailed statistics to be produced, thus enabling you to enhance your game and achieve that goal!

 

1 – Understand the truth about your game

Tracking your game helps to ensure you understand what you are capable of and what your strengths and weaknesses are. Discover; average number of fairways, greens in regulation, putts per round, as well as average carry distance with each club and many more intricate statistics that help give you a better understanding of your game.

 

2 – Play Smarter

Shot Scope V2 allows you to make better informed decisions. See bunkers 220 yards away on both sides of the fairway? After analysing your statistics, you know your driver carries 200 yards and runs out to 230 yards. Why not hit a 3 wood or hybrid instead, which you know will not reach the fairway bunkers? Knowing how far on average you carry each club allows for better club selection off the tee, and approaching the green. For example, you could discover that on average you hit it closer from 80 yards than you do from 50. So why not lay up to 80 yards if you get in a bit of trouble, or are laying up on a par 5?

 

3 – Practice Your Weaknesses

Tracking your statistics allows for you to pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of your game. For example, your stats show you hit 12/14 fairways regularly, but average 38 putts a round. Why not switch the range session for an hour on the putting green? The good old saying ‘drive for show, putt for dough’ comes to mind.

 

4 – Set Goals

Tracking your performance allows for you to set mini performance goals based upon your statistics. For example if you usually hit 8 greens in regulation per round, your goal could be to hit 10 the next time you play. Another example could be, reducing your average number of putts per round to less than 30.

 

5 – Monitor Improvements

After having tracked your game and focussed your practice on your weaker areas, you will be able to see if you have made any improvements or met any goals. Again, after switching those range sessions to putting sessions, you will be able to see that you now average less putts per round. Subsequently, leading to a reduced score, or more wins against your friends.

Combined, these 5 reasons ‘why you should track your performance’ all contribute to an improved overall performance. Improving performance with Shot Scope V2 will enable goals to be obtained and make those precious victories more frequent and easier to come by.

Introducing the Performance Dashboard

The Performance Platform just got smarter, and so will your game.

The new Shot Scope Performance Analysis Platform will be released by April 1st. Transforming the existing dashboard with interactive charts, new statistics such as Never up, Never in and Red Zone and granular graphs showing exact shot locations all providing users with an immersive golfing experience off course! Dive into your statistics like never before and improve your game with over 100 tour-level statistics all developed by a team of elite golfers with Professional and Tour level experience. On and off course, Shot Scope provides the smartest improvement tool for golf.

Clubs

Compare the distances and usage of an unlimited number of clubs. Find out which clubs are working for you, and which are working against you. Get to know what is in your bag and correlate this to the distances provided on your watch during a round to ensure you always know which club to hit.

TeeShots

Visualize and account for every tee shot, plotted onto an interactive Fairway Accuracy graph. Click through to relive every shot on an aerial map of the course.

Approaches

Get your approach shots on target with our distance indicator graph, showing all shots, a breakdown quadrant view and Red Zone which shows percentage of approaches hit within 15ft.

Short Game

Increased functionality to toggle distance from pin and club to visualize where your short game shots finish. In the Red Zone, understand which clubs actively help you get up and down.

Putting

Compare different putters more easily. Use our ‘Never up, Never in’ feature to establish the percentage of times you are short versus long and your average proximity to hole to make sure lag putts aren’t costing you shots.

The new performance dashboard is available to all users and data from previous rounds will be showcased on the new platform. The performance dashboard is accessible from the Desktop app or you can log in directly from www.shotscope.com. As soon as the update is live, we’ll be in touch so that you can go and see for yourself!

Introducing Distances to Hazards

With Shot Scope’s “Forever Free Firmware” promise there are always new features being released to enhance the product. The eagerly awaited Distances to Hazards is the first of many which will provide users with even more functionality on their wrist.

The distances to hazards update will be released prior to April 1st for all V2 users, and includes distances to and over bunkers/water, new penalty recording functionality and a timer function for lost balls.

Shot Scope V2

In addition to the existing Dynamic Yardages to F/M/B of greens, V2 will now also provide golfers with the to/carry distance of every hazard, in yards or meters depending on preference. This update solidifies V2’s status as the world’s smartest golf watch, providing every golfer with all of the information they need both on and off course to improve. The new and existing distances work hand in hand with Shot Scope’s club insights which show the distance and usage of every club in a golfer’s bag. Combining this information with on-course readings to the green and hazards ensures that users can make confident, educated shots every time and on every course.

Shot Scope V2

Also included in this update is an extension of the penalty facility which will now allow for every situation to be recorded without post-round editing. Letting you move on from a penalty shot as quickly as possible…! We have also incorporated a timer as a bonus feature, allowing you to countdown the 5 minutes when looking for your, or your partner’s, ball.

How do I upgrade?

Distances to Hazards will be available by April 1st. We’ll get in touch when it’s time to update your watch and provide full instructions on how to do so.

For any further information please contact the team on support@shotscope.com.

In the press: Shot Scope V2 now on general sale

JANUARY 2018

Shot Scope Technologies officially closes the pre-sale of V2 after selling out over the Holidays. The company also announces that V2 has been confirmed as Conforming to the Rules of Golf.

The pre-sale of V2 ran from August to November 2017 and gave golfers the opportunity to purchase the product at a reduced rate. Golfers from 32 countries took advantage of this limited-time offer and have since amassed over 8,000 rounds of golf, despite being off-season in most countries.

Shot Scope V2 will be on general sale from the 19th of January 2018 at shotscope.com.

The two-part ruling on the status of V2 looks at each of the device’s three modes individually. Pro mode, which gathers data in the background without showing real-time information, has been ruled as Conforming to the Rules of Golf. Performance data is not available until post-round and therefore V2 can be used in this setting to collect data without being contrary to Rule 14-3. GPS and GPS+Track modes are permissible where the Local Rule has been adopted allowing the use of distance measuring devices.

Updates to the system will further enhance the user experience with a relaunch of the current Performance Dashboard in a release scheduled for April 1st. Optimized for interactive data-driven learning, the new Performance Dashboard focuses on Clubs, Tee Shots, Approaches, Short Game and Putting to provide over 100 Tour-level statistics to facilitate long-term improvement.

In addition, the capabilities of the watch itself, which currently offers distances to the front/middle/back of the green, will be improved with the addition of distances to hazards in March.

Shot Scope will debut the latest product updates at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. The PGA Merchandise show features over 1,100 interactive exhibits and draws in over 40,000 industry leaders from 74 countries. Shot Scope will be exhibiting alongside premier Scottish golf companies on stand 3373, representing the Future of Golf straight from the Home of Golf.