Best Golf Shot Tracking Apps And Devices 2024

We list our favorite shot tracking apps and devices to help you get the most out of your game

Best Golf Shot Tracking Apps And Devices
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Best Golf Shot Tracking Apps and Devices

Artificial Intelligence has changed the way we play golf in the 21st century and, thanks to an array of golf GPS apps and tracking devices, individuals can see their stats like never before, accessing all kinds of data about their game to really pinpoint where strengths and weaknesses lie. They are fantastic bits of kit and can really help you improve and lose strokes out on the course. What's more, they aren't overly expensive or awkward to use, with many devices coming in compact forms or focusing on simplicity.

Lots of the devices and apps in this guide also use A.I. and Strokes Gained Analysis to help you understand exactly where you can make up those all important shots. Below, we list the best golf shot tracking apps and devices on the market to help you pick which is best for you. Also, we recommend taking a look at our other golf GPS guides too - such as the best golf GPS apps, best golf launch monitors, or the best golf GPS.

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Best Golf Shot Tracking Apps and Devices

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Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors

Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors Gen3+ resting on the golf courseEditors Choice 2022

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Our Pick

Specifications

Courses: 40,000+

Reasons to buy

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Relatively simple to set up
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A passive system that unlocks so many crucial insights
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Stats presented in a dynamic, easy-to-digest dashboard

Reasons to avoid

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Shots can sometimes go undetected

Arccos is one of, if not the best game tracking systems, on the market. It measures all the data you can possibly need thanks to Arccos Smart Sensors in the end of your clubs. For some clubs, like Cobra and Ping, they already come with them fitted into the grips. Typically, you will need to keep your phone in your left pocket (for a right-handed player) for the sensors to work, but you can purchase the Arccos Caddie Link which clips on to your belt and removes the need for having your phone in your pocket if this is too uncomfortable.

The system, which is one of the best golf gives you information on how far you hit each club. It also provides real-time yardages taking slope, wind speed, temperature, humidity and altitude into the equation. The caddie advice, powered by your data, shows your likely shot outcome and recommends a club for you to hit based on your previous performance. Pair it up with the Arccos Caddie application, one of the best GPS golf apps in the game and take advantage of the data and analysis the app delivers. 

TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition

The face of the TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition watch

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Stunning Looks Make For Impressive Performance

Specifications

Courses preloaded: 40,000
Battery life : 24 hours
Screen size : 3.5cm
Weight : N/A
Straps: Nine

Reasons to buy

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Offers seamless shot measurement with no need for tags in clubs
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Bright, detailed display and partnering app

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive given the level of features

This premium, luxury watch features an ultra-lightweight 45-mm black titanium case and a matte black ceramic bezel with 18 engraved and lacquered graduations that serve as a reference for the performance at each hole. The crown is now flanked by two functional pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock, to be used alongside the TAG Heuer Golf app to record shots and shot distances with optimal precision in action. Another thing worth mentioning is the graphics. 

The hole maps are really clear and, now that you can twist the main dial to scroll, it’s really straightforward to pick out certain points you want to hit to. One of the most interesting features on the Connected Golf Edition is the ‘driving zone’ feature. Once you’ve connected the watch to the app, this feature will plot all your drives on a certain hole and colour code the positions based on your scores. Oh and it has to be one of the best looking golf watches out there too and comes in a box with three TAG Heuer golf balls, four TAG Heuer tees, a divot tool and additional black strap.

Arccos Caddie Link

arccos caddie link gen1 being worn on the golf course

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Best Additional Accessory

Specifications

Battery life: Up to 10 hours
Weight: 25g

Reasons to buy

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Removes the need for a smartphone on course
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Easily clips to pocket or belt buckle

Reasons to avoid

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Must have a set of Arccos sensors or grips to use

Sticking with Arccos and the new Caddie Link, which has made a huge difference to the usability of the app and trackers. It clips easily on to your belt or trouser pocket and pairs to your phone via Bluetooth. This means that you can now store your phone away in your golf bag and get on with your round whilst only accessing the Arccos app on your phone for yardages and caddie advice functions if you want.

Using the Caddie Link allows for an even more seamless integration with the Arccos Caddie Smart Grips and app which we loved. This is because we didn't need to keep our smartphone in our pocket anymore. When on course, pressing the centre Caddie Link when next to the pin will also log the exact location of the pin on the app, allowing for even more accurate data when logging your short game. It lasts 10 hours, so should be enough for 36 holes, although if it runs out of juice you can switch back to your phone.

Shot Scope V3 GPS Watch

Shot Scope V3 GPS Watch and Tracker

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Best Watch And Sensor Combination

Specifications

Preloaded courses: 36,000
Battery life : Two plus rounds
Screen size: 3.4cm
Weight : 41g
Straps: Four colors

Reasons to buy

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Watch is small but is still easy to read and use
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Sensors are accurate and not too large on the end of the grip

Reasons to avoid

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Can occasionally miss shots

Another device from Shot Scope is the new Shot Scope V3 watch, which is a big step forward from the already-brilliant V2. It’s much smaller and nicer to wear, and offers up GPS yardages as well as automatic shot tracking functionality thanks to tags in your clubs. During play, the only thing you need to remember to do is hit the PinCollect button when retrieving your ball from the hole as everything else is done automatically. This marks the pin position and saves editing time afterwards.

The GPS distances are quick to update and comparable with other some of the best golf watches we have tested. You will also be able to access a plethora of data on the app, including birds-eye views of the courses you’ve played and where your shots have gone.

Bushnell Phantom 2 GPS

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Best Accompanying App

Specifications

Courses: 38,000
Protection: IPX7 Waterproof
Battery life: 18+ hours

Reasons to buy

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Excellent, free accompanying app
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Works brilliantly without the app as a GPS

Reasons to avoid

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No specific shot-tracking

This device is a little different to the ones so far in this guide, in that it doesn't come with sensors for the top of your club.

The Bushnell Phantom 2 however is an excellent little GPS and provides clear front, middle and back yardages to greens, which allows you to place an exact pin location and track how far you've hit a shot too.

It also comes with the accompanying Bushnell app for free, and the recent update has arguably made it one of the best golf GPS apps around. Providing you with full diagrams of holes, the app also allows you to track your scoring and locate a precise yardage from where you are stood from the hole. You'll have to have your smartphone with you out on course to use the app to its fullest, but if you don't mind that then this GPS and app is a smart option.

Garmin Approach S70 Golf Watch

Garmin Approach S70 Golf Watch worn on the golf course showing off its display

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One of the most user-friendly golf watches in the game

Specifications

Courses Preloaded: 43,000
Battery Life: 20 hours
Screen Size: 1.4″ (35.41 mm) diameter
Weight: 56g
Straps: One

Reasons to buy

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Packed full of technology and features
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Can track shots and make suggestions
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Improved looks and interface
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Extended battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Abundance of tech and features could overwhelm some

Perhaps the most user-friendly GPS watch to date, the Garmin Approach S70 is a really great option for any gadget loving golfer looking to add more data to their game. Besides getting accurate yardages to greens, bunkers and other features on the course, it is capable of tracking your score, your shot distances and even make club selections. You'll even be able to see the weather forecast and integrate that into your round, making this one of the most comprehensive and best GPS golf watches on the market. 

Visually, it looks fantastic when placed on your wrist. The screen is large and bright and looks colorful when you pull up the hole-by-hole maps on the device. It comes preloaded with more than 43,000 courses and with the flick of a button, you can go from an interchangeable watch face, to full-on golf mode. While it doubles as a fitness tracker, it's golfing functionality is vast and comprehensive. 

When you get to the course it'll automatically download the course you're on via satellite and start your round. Unlike many smartwatches on the market, and certainly golf watches, the battery life on the Garmin Approach S70 is impressive. The Approach S70 can hold a charge for up to 16 days in smartwatch mode and up to 20 hours when using GPS. It really really is oone of the most comprehensive GPS systems around! 

Blast Golf Swing Analyser

Blast Golf Swing Analyser unboxedEditors Choice 2022

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Clever device that will help your ball striking