Shot Scope X5 Review – Key Features – Is it Worth it?

Shot Scope X5

 Shot Scope is looking to disrupt the golf GPS watch market by offering an affordable alternative to brands like Garmin.

With the Shot Scope X5, they have released a golf GPS watch that has a lot of the same features as popular Garmin golf watches.

The Shot Scope X5 was designed to look good on the course and to function as a lifestyle watch as well.

On the surface, it has everything you need on and off the golf course. But  is the watch really all it’s made out to be? Find out in the following Shot Scope X5 review.

Shot Scope X5 Overview

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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.

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.

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Overall Score: 95/100

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