The best golf shot-tracking systems for 2017May 3, 2017 Golf Equipment
Fancy getting involved in the shot-tracking craze? Equipment editor James Savage picks out five of the top devices on the market...
Which are the best golf shot-tracking systems on the market at the moment?
Myself and the team at National Club Golfer have been testing a few out over the past few months so we thought we’d round-up the pros and cons of each device to help you make the right purchase.
Each of these products have also been individually reviewed so click on the images for more in-depth details.
Best golf shot-tracking systems – Game Golf Live
How does it work?: Tags are placed in the butt of the grip of each of your clubs and a sensor is clipped to your belt.
Tap your club on the sensor before or after each shot and the device will use GPS to track your entire round.
We tested the original Game Golf device, launched in 2014, but it was updated last year to the Game Golf Live model.
The Live version allows you to get real-time automatic shot tracking through Bluetooth connectivity on your mobile device after every shot.
It’s possible to leave your phone back in the club house and sync post-round.
Pros: Fantastic, detailed feedback about your game which can then be compared with other Game Golf users – including tour pros like Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk – via an interactive online hub.
Former President of the United States of a America Barrack Obama has been seen using the device.
Cons: The fact you have to wear something quite small on your belt which can fall off during a round. Also you have to remember to tap each club for every shot.
It is possible to edit scores post-round if you do forget to tag.
More information can be found on the Game Golf website.
Best golf shot-tracking systems – Mobitee GPS Golf Assistant from PIQ
How does it work?: A small device attaches easily to the velcro strap on your glove and tags are then added to the butt of the grip of each club in your bag. Everything is synced together using a free mobile app.
Before each shot, tap the tag on the club on to the device attached to your glove and repeat the process for each shot.
Pros: The app can provide detailed flyover maps and hole information as you go. The device on your glove can also give you a distance to the middle of the green meaning you don’t have to get your phone out.
An array of data is gathered about your longest drives, distance you hit each club, putts per round etc… and stored in your profile on the app.
The device can also provide data about your golf swing.
Cons: Some players won’t be fond of tapping a club onto their hand for every shot. Also, you can feel the device on your hand at all times which some people may find off-putting.
More information can be found on the Mobitee and PIQ website.
Best golf shot-tracking systems – Arccos 360
With your phone placed in a front pocket, the sensor detects when you are hitting a shot and automatically tracks your movements ahead of the next shot.
Pros: There’s no need to tag clubs before each shot. There’s a fantastic array of data available in the app and after you’ve played a few rounds it really starts to highlight your strengths and weaknesses.
It gives you average distances for each club so takes into account the conditions and mis-hits to give you good averages over a period of time.
Cons: It relies on your phone which some people won’t like. If you’re someone who likes to switch your phone off during a round then this device probably isn’t for you.
More information can be found on the Arccos website.
Best golf shot-tracking systems – Sky Caddie Linx GT
How does it work?: This system involves a fully-functional GPS watch which also has a game-tracking feature.
Sensors are added to the grips then you sync your clubs to the watch and a mobile app by tapping them on the watch.
When out on the course, tap a club onto the watch before each shot.
Pros: The watch is brilliant in its own right. You don’t have to use the game-tracking function every time.
When using the game-tracking, it’s very quick and easy to operate and all data syncs with the mobile app immediately for instant scores and feedback.
Every time you tap it gives you the distance from the previous tap so you know how far you’ve hit each shot.
SkyCaddie ground-map all their courses to ensure accuracy whereas many other devices use satellite imagery.
Cons: The sign-up and registration process. There’s also two apps to download. One which helps with the basic shot-tracking when out on the course and another which houses your main account for more detailed round stats.
More information can be found on the SkyCaddie website.
Best golf shot-tracking systems – Shot Scope
How does it work?: Designated tags are placed in the butt of the grip of each club. A wristband then detects when each shot has been hit out on the course to record your progress.
The wristband is synced with a mobile app where you can view all your stats and data post-round.
Pros: No need to tag clubs or sync clubs with the device before playing. It’s very much a case of switch it on, go and play, then look at the statistics afterwards.
The post-round data is fantastic.
Cons: You have to tell the wristband how many putts you’ve had on every green. Some players won’t like wearing something on their wrist.
More information can be found on the Shot Scope website.
Best golf shot-tracking systems – NCG verdict
Prior to testing, we were quite apprehensive about the whole game-tracking process.
Golf can be difficult enough without the added distraction and hassle. And sometimes we’d rather not go through all the gory details of a bad round.
But what we’ve found from each of these devices is that they are no real hassle to set up or operate and can really help you improve.
If you’re serious about lowering your handicap, these devices are perfect for highlighting areas for improvement. The evidence is there in black and white.
You can then take that data to a PGA pro and get some lessons in the areas that will knock shots off your scores.
If you’re not a fan of the whole tagging idea then the Arccos 360 and Shot Scope systems will be best for you.
Don’t like the idea of a wristband? Go for the Arccos. Don’t want to be reliant on your phone? Go for Shot Scope.
If you’re happy to tag, we recommend the SkyCaddie Linx GT as you’re getting a superb GPS watch as part of the package.