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.

Sizing up the Green Jacket for 2017

The 2017 Masters kicks off today and since all golf fans enjoy making a prediction on who will win the first major of the season we have delved into some of the key statistics to try and pick out some potential winners. Looking at the previous years at Augusta National, there are a few statistics that stand out amongst others as being important to having a strong week. The first of these is Average Driving Distance, Augusta has always been a course that favours long hitters and this year will be no different, especially if the wet forecast is to be believed.  A second key stat is average proximity to the hole with approach shots, hitting greens is important at every tournament, however, with the extreme difficulty of getting the ball up and down at Augusta it makes hitting greens paramount. The third and final statistic that will be used to predict this year’s green jacket winner is Par 5 scoring average, the par 5’s at Augusta are all reachable in two and therefore it is imperative that you take advantage of the par 5’s over the week.

It may come as a surprise that a putting statistic is not included when trying to predict this year’s winner, however, putting is actually of less importance at Augusta than it is other weeks on tour. This was shown in 2014 with Bubba Watson not even ranking in the top 10 for putting on his route to victory.

In order to make our predictions, we tallied together the 2017 stat ranking for each player in average driving distance, average proximity to the hole and Par 5 scoring average.

And here are the top 5 predictions from our formula:

Player Driving Distance Proximity to the hole Par 5 Scoring Average Total
Rory Mcilroy 1 6 1 8
Dustin Johnson 2 3 6 11
Sergio Garcia 18 24 13 55
Hideki Matsuyama 23 36 2 61
Jon Rahm 21 20 27 68

Do you think we’ve picked a winner? Let us know who you’re backing for the green jacket in the comments below.

Happy Master week!

 

– Ally Millar, Commercial Assistant

 

What makes the 12th at Augusta so difficult?

The 12th hole at Augusta, known as The Golden Bell, is the shortest hole on the course,t measuring just 155-yards. However, what this hole lacks in length, it certainly makes up for in difficulty. The 12th has claimed its fair share of Masters hopefuls over the years and with a stroke average of 3.28 showing just how difficult the world’s elite have found this little par 3. Jack Nicklaus even claimed that the 12th is the hardest hole on tour.

So, what makes this par 3 so difficult? First of all, the hole is protected by water at the front of the green meaning anything short will tumble back down into the water. It has bunkers at the front and back which both leave difficult up and downs. However, the main difficulty of the short par 3 is the tricky swirling winds that it produces, with players finding it almost impossible to judge the direction and speed of the wind. Tiger Woods once stated that he picks how far he wants to hit the ball, selects the club and then hopes he doesn’t get a gust of wind. This shows just how difficult it is to select the right club. However, executing the tee shot is not the end of the difficulty, the green is also one of the hardest on the course to read due to the shade created by the overhanging trees.

It is fair to say that The Golden Bell has provided plenty of drama and unforgettable moments over the years and we look forward to seeing what will unfold at the little par 3 this year.

You still have time to enter the Shot Scope Masters competition over on our Facebook. Just tell us, in the comments on the pinned post, how many birdies you think will be on the 12th at this year’s Masters for your chance to win a Shot Scope!

– Ally Millar, Commercial Assistant

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