The first-of-its-kind distance measuring device could change the way you play
I’m old enough to remember Certs’ catchy jingle, which went like this: “Delicious candy mint and perfect breath.” Certs gives you two, two, two candies in one. Don’t expect Shot Scope to roll out a similar tagline for the revolutionary PRO LX+, even though it’s two, two, two distance measuring devices in one: a high-end laser rangefinder and a handheld GPS with shot tracking capabilities.
Do golfers need both a laser rangefinder and a GPS? “There’s a growing trend of having multiple distance measuring devices,” said Gavin Dear, COO, Shot Scope. “Avid golfers generally want distance to the pine [rangefinder]as well as to the front, middle and back of the green [GPS], and the dangers too. It’s true: laser rangefinders are ideal for par-3 tee shots and approaches within 200 yards of the green. GPS products are an asset, especially on longer holes with fairway bunkers, water hazards or a dogleg. Additionally, the technology assists with club selection on firm, fast fairways (i.e., precise distance to the front edge of the green).
In the PRO LX+, the company’s H4 handheld GPS unit magnetically attaches to the PRO LX rangefinder. The magnet and the “lip” just below the eyepiece prevent the H4 from slipping. The 1 oz handheld GPS also attaches to a golf cart and clips to a belt or golf bag. This revolutionary product is the only handheld GPS device with shot tracking capabilities. In addition, Shot Scope has a proprietary course mapping database (36,000 courses) and updates it daily as needed. “A GPS product is only as good as the map data it contains,” Dear said. On the other hand, many brands that sell golf GPS products lease course data from third-party providers and do not have the same performance.
Learn more about the shot tracking component. Simply screw the sensors into the grip end of the clubs. Before hitting a shot, tap the butt of the club on the GPS screen. “We have recorded over 170 million snapshots worldwide. And, there is no subscription,” Dear added. With the free Shot Scope app, players can view hundreds of stats, including percentage of fairways hit, shots won or average club distance, to analyze their strengths and weaknesses.
The PRO LX is a stud in its own right, with several features commonly found in high-end laser rangefinders, plus an extra wrinkle or two. For example, the digital display can alternate between two colors, red or black. The black numbers are easier to read in bright light or blue skies, while the red display is better in darker conditions such as morning light or dusk. The 7-ounce PRO LX provides distances for objects up to 900 yards, with accuracy to less than one yard. The device vibrates to indicate it’s locked on the target and features “Slope” technology, which can be turned on or off with the flick of a switch.
Here’s one more reason to buy the $350 PRO LX+. When sold individually, the PRO LX Rangefinder ($250) and H4 Handheld GPS ($150) cost $50 more than the two-in-one package.