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Shot Scope V5 Golf Watch

The new Shot Scope V5 golf watch does everything the Shot Scope X5 golf watch does.

Almost.

You have a fully functional GPS golf watch.

You have a fully functional GPS golf watch with full-hole mapping.

You have a fully functional GPS golf watch with full hole mapping that also does automatic shot tracking (Shot Scope’s specialty).

And you have a fully functional GPS golf watch with full hole mapping that also does automatic shot tracking (Shot Scope’s specialty) and provides a deep dive into over 100 game performance statistics.

Shot Scope GPS watch.

The Shot Scope V5 golf watch also, like its big brother the X5, gives you all this with no monthly subscription fee.

What doesn’t the V5 do that the X5 does?

First, it doesn’t have a touch screen. Second, it doesn’t cost $300.

It costs $249.

Shot Scope V5 Golf Watch

The new Shot Scope V5 golf watch is functionally equal to its older brother in every way, just without the touch screen. Instead, the V5 features four push buttons to navigate the various screens.  

That’s it. That’s the difference.

Shot Scope V5 GPS Golf watch.

You can spend the extra 50 bucks and get the touch screen. Or you can save the 50 bucks and push some buttons.

It’s your call.

Everything else about the V5 functionality is identical. And having used the X5 for the past year, that makes this fat-fingered golfer very happy. The X5 features a touchscreen and two multi-function buttons to reach different screens. It’s handy but there can be a level of frustration for the less-than-tech-savvy fat-fingered crowd. (Editor’s Note: Insert photo of the author.)

The Shot Scope V5 push button operation is similar to that of the V3, which was released in 2020. For the record, there was no V4 watch. Instead, Shot Scope released the H4 in 2022, a pocket-sized hand-held GPS unit with shot-tracking capabilities.

Shot Scope V5 Golf Watch.

Shot Scope updated the X5 with full hole mapping capabilities a month ago. The V5 will offer the same capabilities. It comes loaded with more than 36,000 courses worldwide and Shot Scope’s “Power-Sense” technology to capture shots automatically without a phone and without “tagging.” All you have to do is play golf.

The Shot Scope V5 golf watch features customizable display colors, hazard layup and carry distances and step tracking.

Shot Scope V5 GPS golf watch.

Shot Scope Analytics

It’s here where we remind you that Shot Scope is the official on-course data partner of MyGolfSpy. The reason? Shot Scope provides a healthy dollop of performance data with more than 100 statistics. Strokes Gained can be benchmarked to different handicaps. Shot Scope’s Performance Average (P-Avg) tells you how far you really hit each club. It removes outliers, punch-outs, duffs and other miscreants to give you an idea of what your “good” shots do. You’ll also get detailed putting analytics.

Shot Scope also offers My Strategy. It’s a mapping feature that allows you to lay out a plan for a new course using your real distances. Shot Scope has added a Course Hub feature to its app. Course Hub lets you view any of the 36,000-plus included courses to see how other Shot Scope users played each hole.

How you use these analytics is up to you but Strokes Gained is the fastest path to improvement. Let’s say your round shows 1.73 Strokes Gained off the tee, 1.65 Strokes Gained on approach shots and 2.13 Strokes Gained putting. All good but it’s the -1.5 Strokes Gained in your short game that says “work on your chipping.” You can also compare Strokes Gained round by round and season by season.

Patterns tend to emerge. This information can be shared with your instructor through Shot Scope Academy. Your instructor can sign up for free.

Shot Scope V5 golf watch.

Shot Scope V5 Golf Watch: Final Thoughts

Shot Scope hit the scene in 2016 with its original shot-tracking band. The band had no GPS function. It was just a band with a head roughly the size of an aircraft carrier that collected your shot data.  Shot Scope introduced the V2 a year later featuring a simple GPS function. The V3, as mentioned, was introduced in 2020 as a much smaller, sleeker design. Last year, Shot Scope introduced the X5 as a full-featured GPS/shot tracker. The X5 also doubles as a regular timepiece and a step tracker.

Shot Scope has jumped into the laser rangefinder game, offering some of the best-value rangefinders in golf.

The new V5, at a retail price of $249 (with no subscription fees), might be the golf’s new best value.

Additionally, Shot Scope is partnering with the National Golf Foundation, PGA Golf Retirement+ (an incentive-based retirement program for PGA professionals) and TROON to promote its products.

Aside from the price, perhaps the biggest draw with the new Shot Scope V5 is something it doesn’t have. The X5 touchscreen is, at least to this user, kind of wonky. I get it, I’m a Boomer with the subtle touch of a blacksmith. But I am looking forward to good old-fashioned push buttons.

The Shot Scope V5 golf watch and shot-tracking system is available starting today on the Shot Scope website. It’s also available at DICK’S Sporting Goods, Golf Galaxy, PGA TOUR Superstores and other golf retailers.

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      Daniel

      3 weeks ago

      The Select button on mine stop working almost immediately. Support told me it would be an indeterminate amount of time before it could be fixed. Buy something reliable from a company that backs their products. Dont buy shotscope.

      Reply

      C.f.Croxford

      1 month ago

      Will not work with a long putter, which is frustrating

      Reply

      Na Kalohe

      1 month ago

      I just ordered one from Shot Scope’s website at their promotional price of $179.99, and it includes 16 shot tracker tabs that attaches to you grips to measure distances. All this and free shipping. I think I got a deal!

      Reply

      Daniel

      3 weeks ago

      The Select button on mine stop working almost immediately. Support told me it would be an indeterminate amount of time before it could be fixed. Buy something reliable from a company that backs their products. Dont buy shotscope.

      Reply

      Dustin Fickert

      1 month ago

      If the battery life is improved over the x5 I think this is a wonderful alternative.

      Been on the fence about getting a shotscope watch but the buggy/laggy experience from the reviewers leaves me hesitant. Wonder if it is a smoother experience without the touchscreen?

      Reply

      Willie T

      1 month ago

      Great review – I’m still in the Garmin Approach S20 world. While no where as fancy the watch does get me around the courses I play. The higher functionality of the Shot Scope may be worth looking into.

      Reply

      Hopp Man

      1 month ago

      I have the X5, I haven’t been all that impressed. Sent my original one back as it kept crashing and acting like the battery was dead when it wasn’t. ShotScope sent me a replacement that I haven’t tried yet, but it did seem the issue was due to the moisture that I encountered during a rain storm. Other buyers have had issues with the X5 related to moisture.

      I will probably go back to my V3. Not sure the touchscreen is a big loss but the button on the side leaves a lot to be desired as well.

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      Scott Duplechain

      1 month ago

      I’ve had the H4, X5 and Connex…Shot Scope needs to give up on trying to make golf watches and allow for integration with Android/Samsung and Apple smartwatches. Having to switch between watches isn’t ideal. Garmin S70 and Epix watches comes close but still doesn’t have all of the smartwatch features and the Garmin ecosystem wasn’t for me either. All this to say allowing me to use Shot Scope app on my own smartwatch would be an awesome experience, please consider Shot Scope. ⛳️

      Reply

      Peter

      1 month ago

      Looking forward to trying this as I wear a glove on my RH and my watch on my left wrist.

      Reply

      Tom Forsythe

      1 month ago

      How reliable is the shot tracking and the course ‘navigation’ with the new update? I bought the X5 when it came out to replace my V3 but it kept freezing up mid round. I returned it and just use the V3 as a convenient GPS. I gave up shot tracking because, as Jason S point out, it misses enough shots that either I spend a bunch of time post round fixing the score or I supplement with a paper scorecard. One concept I really like about the automatic shot tracking is staying in each shot without even being aware of my score – but the reality didn’t meet the concept. Just wondering if the updates have solved this issue.

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      Lloyd Davis

      1 month ago

      The “missing element” of a touchscreen MIGHT be an advantage. I use my Garmin S61 religiously. I’ve recommended it to others, and I really like it. Unless I’m playing in cold weather, and have a glove on both hands, which renders the touch screen useless.
      If it were me, I’d offer both touchscreen and buttons on the pricier model, or market this model to golfers who play in cold or rainy weather, or those who just prefer two gloves.
      When it’s time to replace my Garmin, I’ll definitely be checking into Shot Scope and their offerings.

      Reply

      Jason S

      1 month ago

      This has a great possibility to replace my H4 at some point this season. It all depends on how it works after a couple updates. I also want to ensure that not “tagging” my clubs actually works and I’m not spending hours post-round adding missed shots.

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      Evan

      2 months ago

      We don’t need Apple Health support on the Shot Scope watch. We need a Shot Scope app for our Apple Watches!!! I think the Connex sensors with the phone app is getting us 1 step closer to this happening. The Apple Watch uses the same RFID technology that the iPhone does, so I don’t see why this can’t be possible. Once this happens, I’ll be jumping on the Shot Scope train for sure. Arccos has owned this space for so long, but I think that they finally priced themselves out a customer. I plan on going back to The Grint this season. Would love to see a Grint x Shot Scope collaboration/merger. Could call it Grint Scope?!

      Also, My Strategy is clutch! I’d love to be able to use this live on the tee box vs preplanning the round.

      Reply

      T D

      2 months ago

      Doesn’t it also not include *personal* hole mapping? Bit of an annoying arbitrary software difference if so but I guess they felt the V5 would be too similar to the X5. $400 AUD and lacking that feature is a bit stiff. Used X5s go for $300…

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      Andy

      2 months ago

      Pretty annoying that Shot Scope hasn’t added support for Apple Health. And support just told me they don’t plan to, at least in the near future. That’s literally the only thing keeping me from buying the V5 or X5. I track my steps with my Apple Watch and don’t want a gap whenever I take off my Apple Watch to switch to a shot tracker for my golf rounds.

      Reply

      Dustin

      1 month ago

      No offense but I feel that’s a pretty small reason not to consider a shotscope watch.

      And apple health can go off of your phone if you keep it in your pocket anyways.

      They’re not trying to make a full fitness watch, just a golf watch.

      Reply

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