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!

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

World Super Six Perth – a new era or a one hit wonder?

The big news from the golf world this week comes from down under. The ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour announced on Wednesday that the Perth International, which began in 2012, will be replaced by the World Super 6 Perth. The revolutionary new tournament will be held at Lake Karrinyup Country Club from the 16th-19th of February 2017 and will be co-sanctioned by both the PGA Tour of Australasia and the European Tour. There will be a complete format shake up at this event, which has caused quite a stir within the golf industry, with three days of stroke play followed by a final day of six-hole match play.
For the first three rounds nothing much will change – there will be 54 holes of stroke play and the usual 36-hole cut. On the Saturday afternoon, however, there will be a further cut that will leave only the top 24 players to go into the final round on Sunday. Any ties will be sorted out with a play-off and those 24 remaining players will then contest a six-hole match play shootout. This is where the ‘Knockout Hole’ is introduced and will determine the outcome of any matches tied after the six holes have been played. Purpose built for this event, the Knockout Hole is a 90m hole using a new tee that will be positioned adjacent to the 18th fairway and using the 18th green. It will be played only once and, if there is a tie, the players will head back to the tee for a nearest-the-pin shootout to determine the winner. The victor will then go on to the next round of the match play or, in the case of the final match, be crowned the winner of the tournament.
There is every chance that this type of golf tournament will come down to the wire, with nail-biting finales and all-or-nothing performances demanded on the Knockout Hole. It is exactly this drama which has prompted the change, with the hopes to appeal to a wider audience and engage them with this new format. European Tour Chief Executive Keith Pelley has had plans for just such a shake up for a while, announcing in July that they were looking into a six-hole format on the Tour.
Essentially this will be the golfing equivalent of the Rugby7’s – a chance to engage a fresh audience in fast paced and exciting sport.  It has been designed to remain true to golf and its rich history but to also answer calls for innovation to keep the game ‘relevant’ to modern audiences. It is no coincidence that Pelley is one of the frontrunners looking to see the game adapt and develop a shorter format, and this focus is obviously producing results.
The Perth World Super Six will be a different kind of golf, a different kind of test and hopes to attract a different kind of audience. The “aggressive and attacking” style of play is hoped to draw in the younger crowd. But what do the current golfing fans think of it? Over on the Shot Scope Facebook we’ve heard from some of you who think it might be more interesting to play but not, necessarily, to watch… There is only one way to find out, February 19th is marked in the diary and we’ll be waiting to see how this pans out.

Tiger is back.

In reality Rory, Jordan, Day and DJ don’t really matter. Golf belongs to Tiger Woods, and he’s back to claim it.

The Shot Scope team are constantly monitoring the world of golf on social media and when the Tiger Woods comeback story broke completely unannounced yesterday afternoon, everything went crazy.

The surprise comeback tweet blind sided the world of golf after it was widely circulated that Tiger was out of the game for the rest of the season. So, naturally, there are a lot of questions flying around about the return of the Master himself. Will he be the same as before? What clubs will he use? Will he win Majors? The main one on the minds of the Shot Scope team is, will he catch Jack?

Some speculation never hurt anyone, but, in the grand scheme of things, does it really matter? Maybe we should all stick to happily celebrating the return of one of golf’s greatest athletes. Tiger has stalked his way back into the Twitter streams and Facebook newsfeeds of golfers everywhere, ready to take back his position as leader on the course.

Yesterday’s tweet announced his “hope” to return at to competitive golf at the Safeway Open and go on to play a further two tournaments before the end of the season. While this is two weeks after the Ryder Cup there have been some good old fashioned rumours circulating about a Vice Captain pick for Team USA with Woods’ name on it. Tiger’s long suffering rival, Phil Mickelson, thinks this would be good for Woods’ confidence and put him in the ideal place going into the Safeway Open. Mickelson found out about the former world number one’s return to the course during the BMW Championship pro-am at Crooked Stick Golf Club and is delighted to have him back, hoping the two will get paired together at the Safeway Open. He acknowledges that there will be high expectations placed on Woods which perhaps, given his physical condition, won’t be fair and that there will be a lot of hype when he returns to the course.

We’re looking forward to reliving the good old days when Sunday evening golf was a must to catch Tiger on the course and we’ll be watching the upcoming tournaments with bated breath. Just like Phil, we’re hoping that he’ll be playing at the level we’ve all become accustomed to expect from Tiger and that his injury, and the weight of expectation, is a distant concern. When he first came into the game he changed it for the better, making engaging and exciting play the norm and propelling golf to a position of prime time sport. Now that he’s back we’re hoping that there will be another injection of this magic to the game and we cannot wait.

Welcome back Tiger. Golf has been waiting for you.