Shot Scope V3 Vs Shot Scope X5 Comparison

Shot Scope V3 Vs Shot Scope X5

The Shot Scope X5 is $100 more expensive than the Shot Scope V3 so in today’s comparison, we’ll see if the extra money is worth it.

Shotscope V3 Overview

“The V3 has 36,000 preloaded courses and features like green distancing, shot distancing and hazard distancing.”

Like the Shot Scope X5, the V3 comes with 16 club trackers that you stick in the grips of your clubs so it can automatically detect which club you’re using and track stats for it.

The Shot Scope app also collects your round data and organizes it so you can review it on your phone after your round.

But the Shot Scope V3 has a square watch face which in my opinion, doesn’t look as nice and is not as comfortable as a round watch face.

Plus, the V3 does not have a touchscreen display.

Shot Scope X5 Overview

Shot Scope X5

“The Shot Scope X5 has all the golf features of the V3 with the added bonuses of a digital scorecard and a pedometer function.”

The Shot Scope X5 also has a round, full color touchscreen display with a ceramic bezel.

It is a bit heavier than the V3 but it looks much sharper which is worth it to me. The menus are also easier to navigate thanks to the touchscreen.

Other than that though the functions of these watches are the same. Like the V3, the X5 has a robust data analytics dashboard on the app that really helps you see where you can improve.

“It’s the quality of life features that make the Shot Scope X5 worth the extra $100 for me. But when you strip that all away, the only differences are a digital scorecard and pedometer.

If you don’t mind the square face and a more analogue experience, the Shot Scope V3 should work fine for you.

But if you want a better-looking watch with the convenience of a touchscreen, the Shot Scope X5 is worth the extra money.”

Shotscope V3 First Impressions

Shot Scope V3

The first thing that struck us was the redesign that the V3 underwent from the V2.

Frankly, the V3 looks significantly better than the V2 – more like a modern smartwatch.

Key Features

All the features loaded into the V3 is enough to make any golfers’ head spin.

One of the features we really liked was the live, 48 hour course editing. This makes it so you don’t have to manually adjust the pin in greenview. The V3 has every feature the V2 has and more.

For instance, the V3 will give you data on each lie type you encounter in your round, distance, shot proximity and club usage data.

We found that most of this data was really useful for seeing which clubs we were most effective with.

The V3 certainly ups the ante and provides even more value.

Shot Scope X5 Overview

Shot Scope X51

When I unboxed the Shot Scope X5 and slapped it on my wrist, one word came to mind: comfortable.

It immediately passed the first test which is, “how does it feel on the wrist?” Again, it was comfortable.

It comes with a black silicone strap that matches the black ceramic bezel.

It isn’t too heavy and the 1.2” color display isn’t so big that it pinches my wrist when I bend it – a problem I have with bigger watch faces.

The Shot Scope X5 features a touchscreen display that allows you to swiftly swipe through all the watch face options.

There are a couple of buttons on the side of the watch face that you use to toggle through all the different modes.

The touchscreen glass Gorilla Glass. Instead it is referred to as “hardened mineral glass.”.

Still, it seems durable enough to last a long time as long as you  don’t abuse it.

I liked that the color display was fully visible in direct sunlight and that the brightness automatically adjusted to different lighting conditions.

The Shot Scope X5 comes with 16 tracking tags that you stick into the butt of your grips so it can track club info.

The tags pair with the watch and automatically collect vital club stats.

Inside the box you also get a USB charger. The battery life for the Shot Scope X5 in GPS mode is about two rounds of golf and it takes about 1.5-2 hours to charge.

The Shot Scope X5 costs $299 and there are many other colors available including midnight blue, prestige white, steel gray and more.

Now let’s get into the important features.

Shot Scope X5 Key Features

GPS Locating

Like any good GPS golf watch, the Shot Scope X5 will be able to detect which course you are on automatically.

The Shot Scope X5 comes preloaded with over 36,000 courses from around the world.

Once you’re on the course, simply go into the golf mode (the “Play Golf” option), hit “GPS Track” and wait for the GPS to find which course you’re on. It takes about  10 seconds to pull up your course.

The only thing I didn’t like about the GPS was that it automatically assumes you’re on the first hole of each course even if you’re not.

But it’s easy enough to cycle through the holes to find the one you’re actually on.


Once you have your course and hole pulled up, the display shows you your distance to the green – front, middle and back.

You can also swipe to see distances to hazards and doglegs and also to see exactly where the pin is placed.

You can also use the touchscreen to manually move the pin to its exact location for the day.

The distances were accurate and more importantly, informed me of which club I should be using.

App Stats

If you have the free Shot Scope X5 app downloaded, all of your course data is stored and available for viewing on your phone.

The app goes in-depth with all your stats and tracks things like rounds played, fairway in regulation percentage, GIR percentage, average scores for each hole you play, a map of your shots plotted for each hole and more.

It also shows you your yardage with each club you used in any given round.

And if you are taking lessons from a Pro, you can link your stats so that your instructor can see how you’re doing.

Scorecard and Pausing

The Shot Scope X5 also has a digital scorecard feature.

The scorecard can be edited pretty easily if need be. Throughout my testing, the Shot Scope X5 failed to pick up only two or three swings but it was easy to go into the app and edit the info manually after.

So what about your practice swings? The Shot Scope X5 allows you to easily pause tracking so you can take as many warmup swings as you need without errantly impacting your score.

Shot Distance and Step Tracking

As a GPS device, the Shot Scope X5 is able to calculate the distance of each of your shots based on how far you walk to your next shot.

The distance calculations were accurate overall.

The Shot Scope X5 also tracks your steps on and off the golf course so it serves as a basic pedometer.

Who is the Shotscope V3 for?

The Shotscope V3 is a better choice for any golfer with a specific performance goal in mind.

Quite simply, using and getting the hang of the V3 will give you a great shot at lowering your handicap. Just exploring the app and going over the data uploaded to it from your watch is fun and insightful.


  • It really makes learning how to analyze your shot data fun and engaging
  • The app dashboard is fairly intuitive even with all the data available
  • It does a good job of sensing which club is being used
  • The straps are easy to switch out


  • It takes a while to load course information
  • The battery lasts for just about 2 full rounds

Overall Score: 94/100

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Shot Scope X5 Pros & Cons


  • It’s very affordable
  • It gives you more data than you need to improve your game
  • Includes leaderboards from many courses around the world
  • It sits comfortably on the wrist
  • The screen is responsive
  • Free firmware updates
  • Syncs with iOS and Android devices
  • 30-day money-back guarantee and 2-year limited warranty


  • It has trouble picking up putts
  • The club tags are tricky to pair with the watch
  • It lacks advanced features like “plays like” distance

Is it Worth it?

If you’re looking for a basic golf watch that can provide you insight on how you can actually improve your game, at $299, the Shot Scope X5 is absolutely worth it.

It lacks some advanced features and you may spend time fiddling with the club trackers/editing your rounds; but I think those are small prices to pay for such an affordable golf watch.

Besides, the distances are accurate which is what’s really important.

Shot Scope X52

Overall Score: 95/100

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