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.

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