Welcome a new entrant into the still-developing world of golf performance-tracking equipment.
Scotland-based Shot Scope will officially enter the U.S. market in April after putting in two years of research and refinement into their product. The idea is similar to others you've seen and may already own, like Game Golf, Arccos Golf and the Microsoft-TaylorMade joint venture involving Microsoft's Band wearable product. Using some combination of technologies, these tools track and map your shots on the golf course, ultimately spitting out data about how you play with specific clubs and on any golf course.
Shot Scope gets there with a watch-like wearable, as opposed to Game Golf's original tagging tool that usually went on the player's belt. That wearable, in combination with screw-in nubs for each of your 14 sticks, automatically picks up the club you're pulling and then, like Game Golf, uses on-board GPS to map your shots and round. Ultimately, that takes your phone out of the equation and keeps more juice for doing other stuff, like mindlessly texting and checking Snapchat during the round.
After the round, the data can be synced to a computer using USB or a smart phone using either USB or Bluetooth technology. A Web-based tool or a mobile app can then help you dig into data about your game, hopefully offering some insights on tendencies and where to improve.
The Shot Scope is now available for pre-order ahead of April 2016 delivery for $224. After go-live, the product will cost $280.