REVIEW: Shot Scope Pro LX+

Shot Scope Review

Shot Scope says that, on average, users of its products improve their handicap by around four shots - a pretty enticing prospect for any golfer!

To test that theory, I put the PRO LX+ in play for a few rounds to see what it’s all about. Even after a relatively short time using it, it’s clear this is a very valuable addition to the bag for the golfer wanting to improve their game.

This is Shot Scope’s top of the range offering, which is essentially a three-in-one device. It acts as a rangefinder, a GPS, and a shot tracking tool. This might sound like a lot of hassle, but once you get the hang of using it, it’s pretty straightforward, and almost becomes second nature.

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With that being said, let’s take a look at all its features...

Getting started

As someone who has used a rangefinder for several years, I was slightly apprehensive about switching to the PRO LX+. Fortunately, getting set up was very easy. In the box, you’ll find 16 tags which screw into the top of your clubs. They are all labelled so there’s no pairing required with your GPS.

For all my long clubs, this was no problem. However the end of my putter grip is metal, so there was no way of screwing the tag in. As it turns out, this isn’t a problem at all; it just means a few extra minutes while editing rounds.

If you’re worried that screwing tags into your grips might alter the way your clubs feel, rest assured it isn’t an issue. I genuinely didn't notice them while I was playing.

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You’ll also need to download the Shot Scope app if you want to track your stats. It’s easy to connect your device through Bluetooth but allow yourself some time to get familiar with the app.

This process takes around 20 minutes but, once the tags are on your clubs and your GPS is connected, you’re good to go.

Rangefinder

The rangefinder itself is excellent. The display is exceptionally clear and, over several rounds, I never had any difficulty in locking-on to a flag. That's exactly what you would expect from a premium rangefinder like this one.

With other devices, I’ve found they can be a bit fiddly when it comes to changing between yards and metres, but the PRO LX+ makes it easy. This is a big plus-point if you’re playing abroad where metres might be the norm and you’re used to using yards.

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You’ll notice a switch on the side of the rangefinder which will turn the Slope feature on and off. This is a great addition, especially if you’re playing a practice round. Just bear in mind that this feature isn’t allowed in most competitions, so make sure it’s off if you’re playing competitive golf.

I found the choice between a black and red display useful, especially when there was a dark background to the flag. It’s easy to switch back and forth between the two colours, which I found myself doing throughout rounds. Overall, the rangefinder gets a big thumbs-up from me.

Shot Scope Rangefinder

GPS

As you’ll see, the small H4 GPS magnetically connects to the rangefinder. I found that, after shotting the distance to the pin, the next thing I would do is check the distance to the front, middle and back of the green. 

It’s also handy if you’re looking to lay up off. The H4 will show you the distance to reach and carry hazards like bunkers and water, as well as the number you need to hit your tee shot to give yourself a nice yardage to the green.

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If you’re planning to play two rounds back-to-back with the GPS, make sure you’re fully charged before you get going, as it lasts around 36 holes. Even if you do run out of charge on the course, though, you can still use the rangefinder, so you’ll not be playing blind.

Compared to other GPS devices, the H4 is tiny. It fits in your pocket and you’ll not notice it, and it’s probably no heavier than an average pitch mark repairer. If you just want yardages to the front, middle and back, stick it in your pocket and you’ll have it at your fingertips. Again, this is a great addition for any player.

Shot-tracking

This is the feature I was most excited about using, and it’s excellent. To enable it, simply hold the tag on the end of your club against the GPS and hit your shot as normal. When the GPS vibrates, you’re good to go. 

Overall, it adds about two seconds to your pre-shot routine. Easy. Even if you forget to do this, it’s simple to add in the shot after your round.

As mentioned above, I wasn’t able to tag my putter but it’s not an issue. On each hole, I took the GPS onto the green and used the Pin Collect feature to tag where the hole was, as well as how many putts I had taken.

Once you finish your round, head to the Shot Scope app and sync your round. From here, you go through each hole and adjust where each shot was hit from. On full shots, it’s extremely accurate but if you need to adjust or add shots in, it’s not difficult. I found it was easiest to do this on a tablet where you just drag and drop the position of each shot.

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To finalise a round, it takes no more than five minutes and you’ll get your stats instantly. This is where the PRO LX+ comes into its own. You’ll find stats about your Strokes Gained numbers, where you’re likely to miss shots, how far you hit each club, and so much more.

Even after only a few rounds, the stats are really insightful. Personally, the PRO LX+ confirmed what I suspected: more time on the putting green is required...

Shot Scope Review Final

Final thoughts

This is a brilliant piece of kit. As mentioned, I was slightly nervous that it might be difficult to get to grips with but, after a few holes, it’s easy and extremely worthwhile.

The best feature is absolutely the shot tracking. If you were to use the PRO LX+ over a season, the statistics you’re going to get will help you practice the areas of the game you need to focus on, giving you the direction you need to become a better player.

I’m not surprised that Shot Scope users find their game improves over time using the products, as the insight you get on and off the course is invaluable.

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