How Golfshot Can Transform Your Game On and Off the Course to Shoot Lower Scores

Joe Ferguson dives deeper to see if there’s more to the Golfshot app than meets the eye...

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By now, we all know that GPS apps help us conveniently get quick and accurate yardages on the golf course, but is that the end of their functionality? Well, for some, yes it is. Golfshot however comes with a whole host of additional features that can significantly benefit your game above and beyond simple distance measurement.

One of the coolest features of the Golfshot app in my opinion is the Auto Strokes Gained function. This has become the preferred statistical benchmark in professional golf and is now bleeding into the amateur game. Strokes Gained assigns a simple quantifiable number to how individual elements of your game are performing, which makes it extremely easy to figure out where you are excelling and where you need to strive for improvement. For example, if you have a +1.6 Strokes Gained rating from the tee and a +0.9 in your putting, but you are recording -2.3 in your putting, it is very clear where you need to switch your attention during your next practice session.


The Strokes Gained function of Golfshot allows you to easily identify strengths and weaknesses

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Strokes Gained isn’t the only statistical recording Golfshot does for you, you can also dive a little deeper and look at micro details such as which side of the fairway your predominant miss is and how your scoring average compares on par 3, 4s and 5s which can really help inform a prudent course management strategy moving forward.

Another good reason to choose Golfshot is the incredibly easy scoring function which completely negates the need for a card and pencil. As standard, you can record your strokeplay or Stableford score and with the Pro feature, you can even keep track of more elaborate formats like Skins, Nassau, and Matchplay. Something about having your yardage, course planner, and scorecard all in one convenient place just makes sense.


Swing ID provides technical insight into your move

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One thing that you might not expect from a GPS app is Golfshot’s Swing ID feature which essentially acts as your virtual coach, monitoring elements of your golf swing based on where your smartwatch travels during the swing, and quantifying them in numerical form. These elements include hand speed, tempo, rhythm, backswing, transition, and swing path. You can view the data the app captures, and even break it down by club to see if any particular patterns are developing with certain clubs. Furthermore, you can even set target parameters for these swing checkpoints to keep track of your progress.

As you can see, the Golfshot app is a lot more than just a yardage giver. It can help you speed up play, gather statistics, and even help your technique. If you are looking for more from your technology, then the Golfshot GPS app is certainly worth a look.

Joe Ferguson
Staff Writer


Joe has worked in the golf industry for nearly 20 years in a variety of roles. After a successful amateur career being involved in England squads at every age group, Joe completed his PGA degree qualification in 2014 as one of the top ten graduates in his training year and subsequently went on to become Head PGA Professional at Ryder Cup venue The Celtic Manor Resort. Equipment has always been a huge passion of Joe’s, and during his time at Celtic Manor, he headed up the National Fitting Centres for both Titleist and Taylormade.  He’s excited to bring his knowledge of hardware to Golf Monthly in the form of equipment reviews and buying advice. 

Joe lives in North Devon and still plays sporadically on the PGA West region circuit. His best round in recent years came earlier in 2023 where he managed a 9 under par 63 at Trevose GC in a Devon & Cornwall PGA Tournament.

Joe's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Ping G430 Max 10K 9 degree - Fujikura Ventus Red 6X 45.75"

Fairway wood: TaylorMade Qi10 Tour - Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Pro White shaft 70TX 43.25"

Irons: Callaway Apex CB 24'  3-11 - Project X LS 6.5 shafts

Wedges: PXG Sugar Daddy 54 and 60 degree - Project X LS 6.0 shafts

Putter: Odyssey Toe Up #9

Ball: TaylorMade 2024 TP5x