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Shotscope V3 GPS Shot Tracking Watch

Scotland-based Shotscope may be the worst secret-keepers in golf. Today is officially embargo day for the company’s new V3 GPS and data collection watch. The Shotscope V3 GPS watch is a mega-leap forward in terms of technology and especially appearance, but with thousands of units already in the field (thanks to an existing customer pre-sale), today’s launch may be a bit anti-climactic.

If you haven’t seen it, or if you’ve been turned off by previous Shotscope models, V3 is most worth a look. It just might change the way you think about shot tracking, data collecting, and what you should expect from a GPS watch.

Shotscope V3: Significant Shrinkage

From day one, Shotscope changed on-course data collection. The company developed technology that lets RFID club tags communicate automatically with a wrist band to capture shots. However, the wrist band itself was a problem. Shotscope’s original V1 band featured no GPS functionality, just data collection. It was also roughly the size of one of Her Majesty’s aircraft carriers.

Shotscope V2 was a considerable improvement, incorporating a fully functional GPS watch with shot tracking. Unfortunately, while considerably smaller, V2 was still the size of a Royal Destroyer.

The Shotscope V3 GPS, however, is about the size of an Apple watch. That’s roughly 60 percent smaller than V2.

Making the watch smaller isn’t simply a matter of, uhh, making the watch smaller. There are a lot of internal parts to a shot-tracking GPS watch, and each one needed to be improved to reduce the form factor.

“The real difference is the efficiency of the components we use,” says Shotscope’s Gavin Dear. “That allows us to use a smaller battery. The V3 battery is about one-third the size of the V2 battery, and it has a better life.”

Another key element to V3’s slimdown is an updated custom charger. It’s a clip-on style connection and is much simpler to use than V2’s clumsy mini-USB charging port.

“(The clip) removes the need to have a USB port in the watch,” Dear says. “That improves the size because a USB is quite a large tool to get into a watch.”

Size Matters

Another factor in shrinking the Shotscope V3 GPS is an upgraded strap technology. With Shotscope, the straps do more than just hold the watch on your wrist.

“It’s a flexible PCB, and is an antenna that emits a field that talks to the tags,” says Dear. “It’s kind of like tapping your credit card to pay for something. We use pretty much the same technology, but because we have this antenna, we can create a larger field, so you don’t have to tap the tag to the watch.”

 

The new straps are also interchangeable. Shotscope V3 comes in five different colors (Black, Gray, Red, Teal, and Purple), and you can buy different color straps to match whatever you’re wearing.

If you’re into that sort of thing.

“You have guys that turn up in yellow pants. You have guys that turn up in orange pants. There are so many variations out there,” says Dear. “But if you look at the watch market, you have black. You have white. And you have gray. We thought colors would be interesting.”

And if you’re so inclined, you can use V3 as a wristwatch when you’re off the course. It’s a no-frills 12- or 24-hour digital readout, but it’s something you couldn’t do with V2 (and probably wouldn’t, given its size). A pro tip learned the hard way: after you end your round, just let the watch sit for about 30 seconds. It’ll revert to watch mode on its own.

The Shotscope V3 GPS still has the basic GPS features you need. There’s front and carry distance for all hazards, as well as front-middle-back distances to the green. As with V2, V3 gives you dynamic F-M-B yardage, which adjusts based on your approach angle.

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Other Enhancements

Shotscope has made several other enhancements to the watch itself. First is a color screen, with green, blue, and yellow for distances, hazards, and battery level. And V3 also features over 35,000 courses preloaded on the watch. With V2, you would have to sync to the app to add courses to the watch.

“Courses are all on the watch already,” says Dear. “The new app will automatically update the courses it knows you play. Say you play Bethpage Black. We know you play Bethpage Black, so we automatically subscribe you for any updates. Every time you sync to upload your data, the app will automatically check for updates to any of the courses you play and get them on your band.”

We already mentioned the new and improved charger. V3 also now includes two GPS antennas, compared to just one with V2. That should improve accuracy. Also, V3 should have a much better battery life compared to V2. A common complaint with V2 was the battery simply couldn’t make it through 36 holes. Even though V3’s battery is physically smaller, Shotscope says it’s good for more than 10 hours in full GPS plus Shot Tracking mode, compared to just six for V2.

As with V2, you can turn off GPS and just use the watch for shot tracking, or you can turn off shot tracking and only use the watch for GPS.

Shotscope continually upgrades how it presents your data, making it more interactive and useful. Dear says within the next year, Shotscope hopes to introduce a shots-gained metric to its analytics, as well as a coaching function.

On-Course Improvements

Veteran Shotscope users will notice several on-course upgrades with V3.

“We thought V2 was very good,” says Dear. “But you listen to your users, and our team is half golfers as well.”

Some of the enhancements include one-touch pin-collect, which marks via GPS the pin location, and the number of putts taken on a hole. There’s also a new penalty stroke and provisional ball function, so you have no excuse for missing that tee shot into the woods.

“It simplifies the editing at the backend,” says Dear. “You just tell the watch you’re hitting a provisional, and it will ask if you found the ball or lost it.

“The key is making it easy to use on the course. You don’t want someone standing in the fairway hitting buttons all round long.”

There’s also a new button lock feature. Dear says they’ve seen users who may accidentally hit a button while swinging, which causes the watch to skip ahead a hole or two. The new feature locks the system so you can’t inadvertently jump holes.

And not to be lost in the shuffle is an entirely new Shotscope product: the G3, a GPS-only watch.

“If you had V3 and G3 side by side, you couldn’t tell the difference,” says Dear. “It’s the same hardware, the same screen, the same preloaded courses, and it works with the app the say. There’s just no performance tracking.”

Price, Availability and Final Thoughts

As mentioned above, the Shotscope V3 GPS is available in five colors and comes with a full set of 16 screw-in grip tags and the new clip-on charger. V3 will regularly retail for $220, but from now through the end of July, its yours for an introductory price of $179. Interchangeable straps are available in Black, Gray, Red, Teal, and Purple for $40 apiece.

Shotscope’s new G3 GPS-only watch is also available starting today. It will ordinarily retail at $179 but kickoff pricing is $159 through the end of July.

You can find the new Shotscope watches starting today at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Golf Galaxy, PGA Tour Superstore, and Morton Golf, as well as online at Shotscope.com.

Shotscope and Arccos are the Gold Dust Twins when it comes to shot tracking and data collection. Each brings with it a collection of strengths and weaknesses. Shotscope laps the field in ease of data collection, but its bulk was a problem. V2 was highly functional, but no one would ever confuse it for svelte. The size was a hard stop for many.

V3 removes that roadblock.

“It used to be you’d hand someone a V2 watch and wonder if they can get past how it looks to see what the technology can actually do,” admits Dear. “Now, it’s just flipped around.”

For more info, visit www.Shotscope.com.

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      Glyn Wyatt

      2 years ago

      Bit late to this but I’m hoping to add the Shot Scope V3 to my ‘ bag ‘ soon. Hopefully it will be able to help me track and improve my game.

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      Don Barar

      2 years ago

      I have had an interest in ShotScope for some time. The draw back was that you needed to take a warm-up swing for every shot to be able to register a shot. I almost never take a warm-up swing. With the improvements to V3, is a warm-up swing still necessary to register a shot.?

      Sincerely,

      Don Barar

      Reply

      Anthony wheeldon

      2 years ago

      When I use my shot scope at the end of the game I up load my data but it dont show the correct amount of putts I must be doing something wrong if I putt on the green and then have to make a second putt it dont show it on my data how do I make it show the correct amount of putts the instruction booklet dont tell you much

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      Brad

      3 years ago

      Do I have to make a practice swing for the V3 to pick up my club? I don’t make practice swings and won’t start to make this work. (And before you lambast me, 7.3 Index). Thx!

      Reply

      RDW

      3 years ago

      No. Just holding the club is enough.

      Reply

      Harris Lee

      4 years ago

      I finally managed to use it for a round. It took awhile to detect the course (like 10+ minutes) initially but once detected, everything was smooth. Initially I didn’t choose how many putts I had but I remembered my score so edited afterward. Tried editing on the phone which was a bit of failure. It’s not as easy as doing on the desktop. Minor con is like everyone mentioned that it sometimes does not differentiate between rough and fairway when its close to borderline. Otherwise, it’s a fantastic device.
      One huge pro is that the watch itself is very accurate and fast. My main reason of buying this was shot tracking but the watch itself is well worth the full price alone. As it needs to track shots, I expected it to be accurate and it really does a superb job. I compared it against my physical rangefinder and buddy’s Garmin watch and this thing is always spot on. What’s better is the distance gets updated instantly. This saves me time before making the second shot to the green knowing how much I need to hit. I will try few more rounds in different courses but I am sold after just one round.
      Thank you MGS for suggesting this with the presale price!

      Reply

      MyGolfSpy

      4 years ago

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      Reply

      Pieter

      4 years ago

      Based on your positive review of the V3, I decided to give it a try. Played 4 rounds with the watch, and although they claim the recording of the shots played will get better with every round played, it still missed 15 shots on my last round. What really started to annoy me during the last rounds, when I had updated the new firmware (which allows you to see on the watch if it detected the club you are playing the shot with), was when it did not detect the club I was playing the shot with. You then already know that the shot isn’t recorded, which irritated me during play. I wouldn’t mind it if it misses a couple of shots a round, but missing 15 shots on average is quite bad. Editing my rounds afterwards cost me almost as much time as playing the round. So, in spite of all the positive reviews, the V3 still needs some improvements and I decided to return it.

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      John Burnsworth

      4 years ago

      I bought this and have used it for 6 rounds so far. Up till today I always had a problem remembering to do the pin collect at the hole after putting out which caused me to have to edit my round. Today I remembered and once I had recorded it properly on consecutive holes had no trouble remembering to do it and I found it easy, accurate and provides me with the statistics I like to follow.

      Reply

      Scott Fisher

      4 years ago

      I bought the Shot Scope V3. I used it for a dozen rounds. I never got an entire round accurately recorded. I found using it a distraction. I’m returning mine.

      Reply

      John S

      4 years ago

      I bought the V3 and used it this past Sunday. Took a bit to get used to adding putts while standing at the hole. It doesnt show you your +/- to par while you play. I would think that is an important feature. While playing a round I like to look down at my watch and see how many I’m over par. Last year I wore a Garmin S20 and all I had to do was look and it showed me this info. I’m wondering if I’m just missing a view setting on the V3.

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      Joseph R. Seda

      4 years ago

      Apparently, Shot Scope (B.T.W. – it’s NOT Shotscope!) is out of stock of all colors except the purple band units. Any idea when/if they will be back in stock before the end of the “launch price” sale? I’m looking to purchase one for my son and another for myself…in black.

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      HAC

      4 years ago

      Even the purple seems to be out of stock. Seems like poor performance to me for a company to advertise a price through the end of July and then not have the product (or even a way to order it for delayed delivery) for the last week of the sale. MGS should amend the article to trash Shot Scope for false advertising.

      Reply

      Jon Wilcox

      4 years ago

      Thanks for the article & review! Very timely as I was very close to pulling the trigger on the Arccos system. I have the iPhone but would need to invest in the Apple Watch and I wasn’t very excited about carrying the phone in my pocket. I’ll be ordering the V3 today! Really looking forward to improving with good data to analyze. Cheers!

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      Jimmy L.

      4 years ago

      I really want to buy the ShotScope V3 or Arccos because I’m a technology junkie but I must be missing something. Why is this technology better for tracking stats/shots over a really nice App like TheGrint or GolfShot? Does it give you accurate carry distances on your shots like Trackman? Can someone explain or convince me why I need to buy and try this tech? I currently track all my stats, including putts on TheGrint. Thanks.

      Reply

      Zach Sims

      4 years ago

      It is really how automatic this technology is over well done apps. It automatically records your shot data: what club you were using, the distance it traveled (total it has no way of doing carry distance), won’t track practice swings, and correlates directly with an accurate GPS system to tie it all together.

      Really the major benefit is the club sensors that automatically record your shots. Kind of a fire and forget system.

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      Jimmy L.

      4 years ago

      Short, sweet and to the point. So what I hear you saying is, if you are a player who likes to whip out a yardage book pre & post shot and mark everything down, you could get away with an app. If you want a “fire and forget” system to track all your stats, this is a “must-by”. Just curious, has anyone done and in-depth “pros & cons” vs. Arccos since they released Apple Watch feature? Being MyGolfSpy is product agnostic, I would love to see this done.

      John Barba

      4 years ago

      The pros and cons are pretty simple. If you hate wearing a watch and don’t mind being tethered to your phone, Arcoss is for you. If you don’t mind wearing and watch and hate being tethered to your phone, then Shotscope is for you.

      Both systems do a very nice job of compiling your stats and analyzing your game – not sure one is better than the other in this department.

      I replied to your query in the MGS forum in a little more detail. You may want to check it out.

      https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/36538-shotscope-v3/?do=findComment&comment=652013

      Thomas

      4 years ago

      Why can’t someone, like Arccos or ShotScope leverage existing wearable technology and just develop an app.

      There must be some unique hardware in this band and/or the Arccos hardware? Otherwise why spend money developing hardware AND an application?

      Reply

      Brett

      4 years ago

      Arccos has an Apple Watch app that will record shots for you

      Reply

      Casey

      4 years ago

      You are looking for GolfPad GPS with tags.

      Reply

      Tom Bmo

      4 years ago

      I agree…but they would make less money that way, at least I would think.

      The easiest and most seemless seems to be this ShotScope system, but I have Arccos and its great, but it would be even better if I had an Apple Watch. I can see Arccos with an Apple Watch as being the best system out there, but its a $$$$ investment. You need the sensors, ~$200…then the yearly subscription of $100, an iPhone ~$800 and the Apple Watch ~$350.

      For people like me who use a superior OS with Android, youre limited to a worse watch OS with WearOS or s*** Tizen with the Samsung watches.

      If they developed a Garmin app, it would cover all OS’s but Garmin has a competing product with their “club tags” so there really is no easy, cheap system.

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      Bert. Pit

      4 years ago

      The tag on your club makes collection of data per shot/club easy. Without the tags you would allways have to select a club first. To my this would be a show stopper. Since I have to focus on my game/shot.

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      Russ

      4 years ago

      I got my V3 last week (V2 users were able to get them ahead of launch). The decrease in size was great. So was the color screen. However, it did have a brain spasm on the last 4 holes where it stopped tracking and gave wrong GPS data. Their support team is really good so I let them know of my problem. Very quick response. I’m looking forward to using it again in a couple of days.

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      shawn kinney

      4 years ago

      But Arccos you have to pay $100 a year for their data collection/app and pay for an apple watch or the Link belt clip($100) when it comes. I hate having my phone in my pocket so I am changing to Shotscope with no subscription fee. No brainer

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      Robert

      4 years ago

      If you buy the gen 2 version of Arccos there’s no annual subscription… #ebay

      Mark M

      4 years ago

      Not a fan of wearing a watch when I play but if I could get strokes gained info using the V3 I might have to give it a whirl. Hopefully the tags stay in better than the GameGolf ones. Had to glue them on the keep from falling off

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      Kevin

      4 years ago

      I had both. The Game golf tags were junk. They fell apart and wore to the point you couldn’t read the club number after a while. I’ve had the Shotscope for years with no problem with the tags.

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      John Burnsworth

      4 years ago

      I owe you an apology. I went back cleared my browser history and went to their site and was able and did order the V3. Thank you for your review, I have been frustrated with Accross and another device because of the phone issue and was looking for a solution and you provided the information that made purchasing wasy.

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      David

      4 years ago

      I had the V2 and enjoyed most everything about it except the overall size, screen size and battery life. When they provided the preorder option for the V3 and I read they fixed all my issues, I immediately put in my order. Couldn’t be happier with the V3. so far.

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      John Burnsworth

      4 years ago

      I get really upset when something is advertised and good through the end of the month at an introductory price and when I go to click to order am told its sold out and go to golfbox who wants $299.00 for the same product.
      I am a fan of my golf spy but question who is making sure the companies that are sending product and advertising are able to fulfill orders.

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      Andrew

      4 years ago

      John, it may be that you’re on the wrong “country” website at Shot Scope. I clicked on the American flag, not sure that had any effect, but I was just able to order the teal V3 model a few minutes ago, at the $179.99 price (plus shipping). I live in Puerto Rico. Just FYI, in case this helps.

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      Andrew R

      4 years ago

      I had V2 and generally it was good except for a fundamental flaw for me.

      The data told me a lot about my game, particularly that I rarely pitched beyond the hole and pointed out 3 holes were I consistently under clubbed. It also forced me to take some more meaningful practice swings- not just one perfunctory one and then give the ball a lash. It had meant I think a bit more about my shots, think about what I was trying to do with my shot.

      I really struggled with it on the greens however. I’m left handed and putt right-below-left and it just would not pick it up. Manual Putt Mode also just did not work.Having to go back after a round and do it manually was so tedious. I gave up on it after a while. I hope V3 has improved on this.

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      Sam A

      4 years ago

      I have a Garmin Approach S60 but the V3 intrigues me enough that I may purchase one and give it a try. Has anybody here switched from a S60 and what are your thoughts?

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      Manny

      4 years ago

      I’ve owned the s20, s40, s60 and now the s62. I just placed an order today as I’m not satisfied with the garmin system.
      I have the ct10 tags and the continuously add extra shots among a few other things. For just over $700 I expected much better.

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      Brent

      4 years ago

      Manny – Like you I’m into Garmin several hundred bucks, but really hate the data analytics side of it. How have you found shot scope compares to the garmin s20/40/60 and ct10 combo? Is the shot scope dashboard significantly better than garmin?

      scott

      4 years ago

      To much tech for me, I’m only a 9 hdcp the only tool that can help me is between my ears

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      Indruf

      4 years ago

      I have used both V2 and V3. The V3 is a great improvement in size and weight and is a great GPS unit. However, I am struggling with missed shots and mislabeled clubs. I understand there are firmware updates coming soon to help. Customer support has been great to work with regarding the issue.

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      MIGregB

      4 years ago

      I agree.. I wasn’t at all enamored with V2. Hunting/inaccurate GPS was an issue and waaaay too many missed shots. So much so that I stopped using it (by the way, Arccos wasn’t really any better for me). V3 seems to have the GPS portion nailed! After 3 rounds, I couldn’t find any fault with accuracy, but finding the course & starting the round takes long enough that you have to pre-plan start-up – don’t wait to get to the 1st tee!. However, missed shots are still an issue. Hope they can smooth that out.

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      David

      4 years ago

      I’m getting too many missed shots myself. Getting frustrating having to go back every round and fix too many holes. I really hope the firmware update fixes it.

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      Andrew

      4 years ago

      I have a SSV2. My friends made fun of the size of the watch but loved to see my stats after a round. I upgraded to the SSV3 and it is amazing! With the upgrades they are touting for the near future are uploaded, I cant see a reason to choose anything but a Shot Scope for both the GPS and stats.
      PS
      Since the V3 came out, two buddies who made fun of my SS are now proud owners and we have fun bragging about our stats (or making fun) on the 19th hole. Big fan of Shot Scope V3!

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      Peter

      4 years ago

      How are shots detected as I’ve had problems with the Arccos not properly detecting them? I was dependent on phone placement! The club selection is done via the rfid, its the shot detection I’m wondering about.

      Pete

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      Mark

      4 years ago

      I read the user guide and it seems like it’s important to wear the watch on your glove hand as the RFID tag needs to be close to the watch to register. As long as you’re cool with wearing a watch while playing, seems pretty non intrusive.

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      Reid

      4 years ago

      No strokes gained seems like a serious shortfall….

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      Devin

      4 years ago

      It’s not like Arccos has it either

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      Fraser

      4 years ago

      Yes Arccos does have strokes gained data. That’s one of its main benefits.

      Kellen

      4 years ago

      Can someone tell me how the sensors attach to putters with no holes in the grips (have a weight in that spot). I know Arcoss has a special putter grip for this but does Shot Scope?

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      Bob

      4 years ago

      I have a counterweight putter, so no hole to screw the tracking disk into. I cut off the threaded part of the disk, superglued the disk top to the top of the counterweight, and then screwed the counterweight back into the putter. A have not had an an issue and is “all good” until/unless I want to change the weight….will need to get a new tracking disk at that point

      Rannalph

      4 years ago

      Shots open recommends removing the screw in portion of the putter tag and gluing it to the top of the grip.

      Brandon

      4 years ago

      You can also use “Manual” mode to track putts which you can do with no tag on your putter.

      shawn kinney

      4 years ago

      They said its shots gained is coming out in an update.

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      Kevin

      4 years ago

      I don’t understand the strokes gained comments. Strokes gained as I understand it is against the field. Tracking individual stats could never give strokes gained unless you want it against other shot scope users. That doesn’t seem very helpful.

      Wayne

      4 years ago

      Like others, I purchased the V2 watch system and software after reading the Golf Spy review and found it to be effective despite some of the shortcomings mentioned by other users. Once Arccoss teamed with Ping, I installed their system. Having tried both, I went back toe ShotScope and haven’t once looked back. When the V3 was offered for pre-order, I immediately ordered the new system and was thrilled when I started playing with it..
      Ask the company a question and they reply almost always next day. When I needed a tag for a new Sigma 2 adjustable putter, I had it within a week. I understand from reading their recent firmware notes, there’s more improvements to come soon., can’t wait! Oh yea and I hate having to pay annual fees for anything if I don;t have to.

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      Funkaholic

      4 years ago

      Got my entire Arccos system for free from Ping, I was actually thinking of buying the V2 prior to that. Maybe when V4 is out I will have lost interest in my Arccos, I have gotten used to carrying my phone and have had very few dropped shots from Arccos.

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      Divot

      4 years ago

      You would need to replace your grips to be able to use shotscope. The Arccos grips that come with your clubs do not have the little hole at the end for screwing on the sensors

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      Gary

      4 years ago

      Don’t have to replace the grips. Simply pop the sensor out with a mini flathead screwdriver, and there’s the hole that doesn’t exist.

      Funkaholic

      4 years ago

      I don’t have the grips, Ping ran a promotion giving away the sensors. I only have one Ping club in my bag and I got 15 Arccos sensors for free. The grips don’t make any sense, I regrip every season or as needed, Arccos grips cost too much.

      Paul

      4 years ago

      I couldn’t get past the bulk of the V2. Just got my V3 and love what they’ve done to it. If you want to teally analyze your game, this is the tool to do it.

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      Eric

      4 years ago

      The most important question you didn’t ask, MGS:

      Can we wear and use the watch as a performance tracker, on either wrist? I don’t like wearing watches on my lead wrist bc it pinches my skin and affects feel. Since the RFID field is larger with v3, this should be allowed and advertised as it’s a huge buying point for me and others

      Thanks

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      John Barba

      4 years ago

      Simple answer – it has to be on your lead wrist. In that instance, there’s no change from V2 or V1.

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      Darrell

      4 years ago

      Was wondering the same, I like to track my steps when I play.

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      Fozcycle

      4 years ago

      I was a long time Arccos user until it kept locking up with my iPhone. Loved the stats but did not like the Apple interface. Got a SS V2 from Pmookie and really liked the ease of use. Had a few issues as they kept putting me on the “White” tees when I had it set for “Yellow” tees. Battery life was one round only. I got my SS V3 a month ago and it has been awesome. Battery life no longer an issue, editing the round is less than 5 minutes post round. I do wish the SS app provided the stats that the desktop provides. App is very limited on round stats. Overall, the SS V3 works absolutely awesome and hopefully there is more to come.
      Thanks JB, for your review. As always you deliver great reviews.

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      cksurfdude

      4 years ago

      Was a V2 user, but traded it for a handheld GPS.

      What is GREAT about ShotScope, though, is they are very responsive to customer feedback and in fact have incorporated into V3 several critical .. imho .. upgrades that I, and others, had written to them about.

      Will definitely look to revisit V4, maybe 5, in the future!

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      James

      4 years ago

      I had the V2 for a bit and while I loved the shot tracking functionality, I couldn’t stand the bulky size and lacking battery life enough to keep using it. I play 36 numerous times throughout the year and the 6 hour battery life was a deal break. I’ve had the V3 for a few weeks now and it’s been a massive improvement over the V2 for me. This thing is well worth $179 as a GPS watch alone and when you add in the shot tracking and dashboards, it is a steal compared to those other $400+ GPS watches.

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      Karl G

      4 years ago

      As a V2 user from the early beginning, ShotScope supported my game very quickly. I tried some other trackings, but very often I forgot to tag during the round or in the tournament. But Shotscope does that for you, you don’t have to think about it, it can also differentiate between practice swings and final swings with the ball.

      One thing which I never read about it, the excellent support of the ShotScope staff. Missing mappings or wrong mappings have been corrected within max. two days, mostly within hours.

      So I receive my V3 some days ago, but sadly not yet a chance to try it on course. But I’m sure, the V3 will be a huge step forward and to use it make even more fun, aside of all the great technical progress.

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      Justin Wheeler

      4 years ago

      I’ve been using the V3 for the last few weeks. The upgrade is awesome. Arccos is nice but too many issues with the Apple Watch integration and I didn’t want to carry my phone. Arccos also missed a lot of shots. The Shotscope doesn’t miss shots except for putts when I forget to do the pin collect. The other benefit is that the Shotscope sensors are much smaller and don’t mess with my grip on the club.

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      Joe

      4 years ago

      I had the V2 & purchased the V3 via pre-sale….my V2 was given to a golf partner

      I cannot rave enough about this product! Lightweight, stylish (smaller than my Samsung watch), and very functional on the course.

      All courses are pre-loaded….a huge upgrade from the previous need to load courses prior to playing.. Being able to access/edit rounds via my PC is a blessing!

      ShotScope is a great product & a great alternative to those continually waiting for Arccos Link. I don’t need a ‘caddy’ to tell me what to hit. where

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      Dave

      4 years ago

      My understanding is there is no PC editing and review for the V3 Huge drawback in my mind. Also the plays like feature is another huge advantage.. While i have an idea what to hit, wind, temp and elevation are the variables I do not know.

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      John Barba

      4 years ago

      You can edit on a PC or Mac once the round has been synced. You can sync very easily via the App (connecting is far easier with V3 than with V2, BTW). As for plays like, well, V3 users will have to figure that out on their own – kind of like the old days.

      David

      4 years ago

      Interested in a comparison of the V3 and Garmin S62 … obviously some major differences, but would love to hear some thoughts on the comparison/benefits of each.

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      Linc

      4 years ago

      There are many differences, such as a huge amount of additional features that Garmin brings to the table aside from golf, steps, calories, HR monitor, the list is long. I haven’t seen a side by side comparison of golf features yet, I am interested in doing so. But the biggest difference maker by far is stated battery life.. I wear my S62 24×7, and I have logged as many as 5 full 18 hole rounds in one week before having to charge the watch. The V3 would need to bring something amazing to the table to top that one feature.

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      Jon

      4 years ago

      Love my v3 – the v2 was good. But this is better. The only annoying thing is the way the strap on both is the wrong way round – with the buckle on the opposite side from every other watch out there. And the strap itself which pops off.

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      John

      4 years ago

      Ignore previous comment. If I view on my desktop i see the $179. On my phone it shows $199. Strange…

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      Chad Moller

      4 years ago

      Just upgraded to the V3 and I definitely agree it’s a significant upgrade to the V2 in terms of looks, size, etc. I’ve only used it for one round so far, but it did miss about 10 shots from that round, unfortunately. The editing is pretty easy online, however, I definitely hope that this improves, because if I have to spend 20-30 minutes editing my shots after every round, that’s not what I’m looking for. I will try to be better at taking deliberate practice swings, because sometimes I don’t think to do that, I’m told that should help improve.

      I also hope that Shot Scope improves the data that you have access to. For example, I’d like to be able to track my stats for my home club. As it stands now, you can track the whole season, the last 20 rounds, the last 5 rounds, or the last 1 round. I’d love to plug in stats for just my home club so that I can see the data for how I play each hole.

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      Steve Pack

      4 years ago

      I love that idea Chad. A filter for home course stats would be amazing! I am also hoping the shots gained improvement happens sooner than later.

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      Joann Campbell

      4 years ago

      I have the shotscope V2 and V3
      I love and their Customer service is great.. On the V2 the button broke they sent me a new watch. Need a tab they sent me a whole set. Their update are quick if you are having problems with the program. A course we play on wasn’t on the watch we asked if they could put in on it and the next day the golf course was on it.. Give it a try . You don’t have to have a phone on you like the accros. V3 is nice and sleek

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      Woody

      4 years ago

      I’ve been using the ShotScope V3 for three weeks. It’s a significant upgrade over the previous model, V2,. The V2 worked; but the combination of size, battery life, & course loading made it inferior to the Arccos 360.

      The V3 changes that. It is so much better than the Arrcos; seriously it’s not even close anymore. More accurate putting stats, no iphone in the pocket, better/smaller tags to name a few.

      Buy the V3, you won’t regret it

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      Jared

      4 years ago

      John thanks for another great review! Do you know if you have to wear it on your wrist or could I take the straps off and just keep the face of it in my pocket? I know Arcoss requires phone in the pocket which is too big but think I could handle just the watch face. Wasn’t sure how sensitive the Bluetooth connection was

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      John Barba

      4 years ago

      You have to wear it on your wrist – it needs to be in close proximity to the club tag to pick up the shot. It doesn’t use Bluetooth to collect the shot – just proximity of the watch and the RFID tag in the butt end of the club.

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      John

      4 years ago

      I’m seeing introductory price of $199, not $179 on the website for the V3.

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      John Barba

      4 years ago

      Hi John – not sure why the link brought you to a page with pricing at $199. I’ve double-checked the links and they should get you to the right place.

      https://shotscope.com/us/

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      Dr Strangelove

      4 years ago

      Try clearing your browser cache (browsing history).

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      Andrew

      4 years ago

      John, you may be on the “worldwide” part of the website. Look at the upper-right of the website, and click on the globe or map, then select your country. I don’t know where you are, but in the States the price for the V3 comes up as $179.99. In fact, I just bought it at that price (and I’m in Puerto Rico, to boot).

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      Ben

      4 years ago

      I purchased a V2 after your review of it. First off, their customer service was exceptional. The product itself, was a little disappointing. The mapping of the courses in my area was not reliable. but after I contacted their customer service they fixed that. My main issue afterwards was that I was adjusting my preshot routine to the watch. I was taking extra practice swings to get a better reading on where I was when taking the shot. But mostly, I found chipping and putting to be inaccurate. My chips were often not read because I grip down on the club for chipping. I was looking forward to collecting data on how close I was chipping, but the accuracy of my putting location wasn’t great. I was also taking extra practice “strokes” with my putter to try to improve accuracy. Finally, after all the help they gave me, they accepted the watch back for a full refund when I said i wasn’t satisfied. Again, incredible customer service. If they’ve fixed the issues I’ve listed, I may try the V3.

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      Joe

      4 years ago

      Anyone else having trouble with the Shotscope website? Also, the price for the V3 shows up as $199, not $179.

      Did the MGS article crash their website?

      I used V2 for a while. It was easy to use, but yeah, that watch was extremely large.

      Also, the e-mail I received for this article touted this as an article about Shot Scope vs. Arccos. Sorry, but there’s very little in here to justify that kind of clickbait headline.

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      Dr Strangelove

      4 years ago

      Try clearing your browser cache (browsing history).

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      Andrew

      4 years ago

      Look at the upper-right corner, click on the globe or the map, then select your country. If you’re in the States, the price for the V3 will come up as $179.99. You’re probably on the “rest of the world” site, which shows $199.99.

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      Bob McCormack

      4 years ago

      I have had both. V2 and V3. Both are great but the new one is a great improvement. Not just its smaller size, which is huge, but also it is much more accurate. Also the colored screen makes it easy for my old eyes to read it on the course. Have not run into a course that isn’t preloaded yet and I play courses all over my area all the time. In addition it is very accurate, much more accurate than the V2 in tracking my shot data. Love this watch and would recommend it to anyone who is serious about their golf game

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      Simon White

      4 years ago

      I’ve had all 3 versions of Shotscope, less said about the first iteration the better! V3 however is really rather good indeed, light, decent battery, and integrates well with the software. I wasn’t too impressed with V2 but would definitely recommend the new model

      Reply

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