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Equipment Type: GPS Tracking
Vendor: Shot Scope

TESTERS WANTED (4) INTL WELCOME
OUR TESTERS!

@JerBooth
@greggarner
@JerryB
@Chip Strokes
 

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From day one, Shotscope changed on-course data collection. The company developed technology that lets RFID club tags communicate automatically with a wrist band to capture shots. However, the wrist band itself was a problem. Shotscope’s original V1 band featured no GPS functionality, just data collection. It was also roughly the size of one of Her Majesty’s aircraft carriers.

Shotscope V2 was a considerable improvement. Unfortunately, while considerably smaller, V2 was still the size of a Royal Destroyer.

Now with the V3 GPS band, Shot Scope offers a full slate of stat-tracking and peformance management features, including strokes-gained analytics.

With that, we'd like to get feedback from MyGolfSpy readers. We are looking for 4 dedicated, hard working testers to try out the newest version including the RFID tags! Added bonus - V3 comes in fancy new colorways to match your golfing outfit! A feature I know all of you are most excited about 😉

 

JerryB

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Hi everyone, my name is Jerry.  I've been golfing only for about three months and just broke 100 for the first time yesterday.  My depth perception on most of my hits is horrendous.  I'm the guy muttering "sit" just before my approach lands 20 yards in front of the green, lol.

I'm excited to have the opportunity to test this out; I have no experience with anything like this before.  I have developed some impatience regarding pace of play.  I'm the type who walks up, addresses, and hits all within a few moments.  Because of this, I'm really interested to find out how it affects the regular process of my rounds.

One more thing I'd like to find out is what ways I can interpret the statistics.  As an example, if I regularly use my 7 iron for bump and runs around the green, will it distort my  understanding of the 7 as a full club?

 

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Unboxing

The unboxing and initial setup process was pretty straightforward.  The box arrived quicker than anticipated (shout out to DHL!)  As to be expected, there is not much to the package- the watch, a charging cable, 16 screw-in ID tags, and a little start-up manual.

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From opening the box to ready-to-go the process took about a half hour.  When I turned on the watch it was at about 50% battery.  It went through a firmware update; as that was happening I downloaded the app and started to screw in the tags.  Screwing the tags in didn't take too much effort.  I set up my account on the app started to mark down my clubs.  There is a large database of clubs available; I don't know the exact model of my Dunlop woods so I had to guess, but it really doesn't matter too much.  The tags are very small and light.  Once they're screwed in I do not notice them.

 

 

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Titleist 385k driver

Dunlop 3 wood

Nickent 3DX 3 hybrid

Cobra AMP 5-PW

Pinemeadow 52° 56° 60° 64° wedges

PIng Anser putter

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greggarner

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I'm Greg, a 3-point-something handicap in Durham, North Carolina. I played D3 college golf and after graduating, just didn't play for quite some time. I'm back and trying to cobble together some semblance of a game. In 2018, I upgraded by Ping i5's with some fresh i210s and availed myself of the offer of a free set of Arccos sensors, thinking that it would revolutionize my game. I'm not here to review Arccos, of course, but I'm always intrigued by the idea of data-informed decision-making and to do that, you, uh, have to have data. Plus they were "free." But what I'm realizing is that I'm basically only using it for club distance-tracking and what I need more help with is overall strategy, both in terms of bag makeup as well as course management.

So let's start off by saying that as a relatively long-time Arccos user, I'm ready to walk away from their platform. Arccos may have been free, but as they say, free like a free puppy, not free like a free beer. I've now paid two annual subscription fees totaling $200 and can't bring myself to get the Link for another $130 so I can leave my phone in my bag nor am I willing to pay several hundred more dollars to get their more in-depth insights. While Arccos' SGA gives me a breakdown of aspects of my game, what it doesn't do is give me tangible insights into how to work on each. For example, in a recent round I lost a couple strokes in Approach from the fairway. In reflecting on my round, I had a shanked PW, a thinned 7i, and a couple of wrong club selections that made my next shot very difficult (i.e. I missed in the wrong spot). I don't expect any system to pick up on two of those three, but when the insight is, "you need to work on shots from the fairway," I don't actually know how to operationalize that.

What I'm looking for from this product, which I admit I know very little about, is something that is less hassle than Arccos, doesn't charge me $100/year for the club distances I'm already pretty confident in, and gives me some insight into what aspects of my game need work and how to fix itI'm not nor will be a pro, I'm just a hack trying to be a little more competitive in my Saturday games and don't want to feel like I need a whole entourage of products, coaches, and trainers to make it happen. Am I asking too much? Maybe. But let's see what Shot Scope has to say first!

But I'm curious -- what do YOU want to see? What kinds of tests or wonderings do you have about this product?

Unboxing and First Thoughts

The product came quick and the packaging was sleek. I was pleasantly surprised at the overall presentation out of the box. Seemed really simple and straightforward.

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I have pretty small wrists and wear a Garmin vivoactive 4 about 23 hours/day, so I was definitely interested in how this would feel. You can see the ShotScope is comparably sized but I will say it's quite a bit lighter. It does not, however, have a touch screen.

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I received the package right before my Member-Guest tournament and decided that I should probably focus on the tournament and not trying new technology. But today I was able to get out for a round at a course I've never played to try and get as fresh a take on the watch as I could. Remember, these are first thoughts/hot takes and based on the fact that I haven't read anything about how this watch works other than its on-screen set-up prompts.

Initial Pros: Syncing courses could not be easier. Search for what you want and bam, it's ready to go. The watch is comfortable and I like not having my phone in my pocket anymore. Manual putting mode is really easy to use and 90+% of my shots through the day were picked up with absolutely no thought from me at all. The data analysis available in the app is excellent and arguably as good, if not better, than Arccos. I LOVE that it has leaderboard features! In reviewing my round later, the dashboard's GPS was unbelievably accurate. I have never had a single round on Arccos that didn't require shots to be moved and as best I could tell, all of my ShotScope GPS locations were exact. Very promising!

Initial Cons: Getting the watch connected (and later, re-connected) to my phone was PAINFUL. I had to restart both devices multiple times and it took probably 30 minutes to get it connected before the round to get the courses downloaded and then about the same after the round to get the round to show up in my phone's app. I have a SuperStroke putter grip, so no putter sensor for me. I also have a Cobra driver with Arccos built into the grip, so I couldn't install the driver sensor (I discovered that if I tap the loose sensor on the watch, it would register as a shot). Took 3 holes to figure out how to use manual putting consistently. Accidentally one-putted on #2 because I didn't realize once you mark the pin location, it advances you to the next hole. This is getting nitpicky, but I have 3 UI-related gripes: 1) the Android app is awful. Super clunky, inconsistently designed, and very difficult to navigate. 2) The front/middle/back default screen on the watch takes a fair amount of mental processing to interpret the data. This will decrease over time, but as a first-time user, it wasn't great. 3) The steps for confirming the round afterwards in the app desperately needs an overhaul. I was just tapping on random things to see what it wanted me to do. I didn't know what I needed to do, where I needed to tap, or how to close things out. I'm already not keen on the need for post-round confirmation and making it this complicated legitimately had me wondering if I should bow out of testing and let someone else try it out. But you can't get rid of me THAT easily... 🙂

UPDATE: Shout-out to Gavin from ShotScope who, upon reading this, sent me super helpful instructions about how to remove the Arccos sensor in my Cobra so that I can install the SS tag. Basically it just pops right out and you can screw in the tag like any other grip. 

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More to come!

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Driver: :cobra-small: RADspeed 9* with Motore X F1 60S
5-wood: :cobra-small: RADspeed 18.5* with Motore X F3 60S
2i: :srixon-small: ZX with SteelFiber i95 Stiff
Wet/Soft: 3i-PW
:wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged, KBS Tour-V 110S
Hard/Fast: 4i-7i :srixon-small: ZX7, 8i-PW Z-Forged, Modus3 Tour 120 S

52*, 58* :cleveland-small: RTX ZipCore Modus3 Tour 115
Putter: :cleveland-small: HB Soft Premier 11s

Ball: I'll try anything with a urethane cover
Bag: :ping-small: Hoofer (2018) in black/white/copper

Using :Arccos: to keep track of my shots
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All clubs RH

Tested:
:wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged 3i-PW, KBS Tour-V 110S - Official Review
:titelist-small: Blind Ball Test (Ball #3 vs Ball #4) - Unofficial Review
:ShotScope:
 V3 GPS Watch + Tags - Official Review

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JerBooth

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Intro

 

Currently I am re-learning a lot in my game. I had surgery last year on my wrist to fix an issue that was causing me to not have any or very little feeling in my left hand. I was compensating a lot to “feel” a golf club in my hand to swing.

At this point, my goal is to get to single digit handicap. I work on my game a lot (lessons, range session, etc.) and practice at home. Currently playing 2-3 times a week when the sunshine allows it to record videos of my journey on my YouTube channel.

 I currently play golf in North Eastern Ontario just outside of North Bay, ON. 4 hours North of Toronto. I am originally from Niagara Falls, so I play there a few times a year as well. I started playing golf when I was 13, so 36 years off and on. Very steady the last 2 years. (Covid related of course)

I am a social and competitive golfer who tinkers a lot with very small changes but love to perfect those changes to a fault.

I currently play off around a 12 Handicap. Since having the surgery, my iron play and short game have become my strengths in my game. Its amazing what happens to your golf game when you can feels what the club feels like when you hit a nice shot and the outcome is amazing. That said, my long game has suffered a bit and has always been a bit of a weakness. Never been consistent enough. I'm trying to change this as I get better at the game.

Currently: All clubs Except driver are Stiff Shafts. Driver is X-Stiff

      • Driver – Callaway Mavrik Set at 9.5* - Guy in town won it and hates Callaway clubs and sold it to me brand new for half of new
      • 3W – TaylorMade M5 – 14* - Got it at global golf as basically brand new club for half the price new
      • 2H – Callaway Apex – 18* - Great price on a used Golf site. Received and didn’t look like it had been hit
      • Irons – Callaway Steelhead XR – 5 – PW, AW – Got them for half price as they had the wrong sale tag on them
      • Wedges – 52, 56 and 60 – Kirkland Signature
      • Putter – Tried a Ping Karsten Anser 2 TR and struggled. Playing a putter I have played since I was a Junior while I look for a new one

 

I am very tech savvy. Love technology and tinkering. This is going to be a lot of fun for me. Having an iPhone has been kind of cool for some apps I use while on the golf course. I currently use 2 apps. SwingU and 18 Birdies. They have been very uselful but find them to be a little inaccurate at time. I'm going into this test with the hope of the Shot Scope watch changing what I use on the course. It's going to be nice to be able to put my phone in my bag or leave it in the truck while I'm on the course.

September 21, 2021

SO I just wanted to give everyone a heads up of what's going on here seeing that I have already received mine.

In Northern Ontario, we are currently on Day 4 of it looks like 7 or 8 days straight of rain.

I drove by my regular course and a different one. You could swim from tee to green on some fairways and greens. Last I heard we were up to approximately 80mm of rains. That's 3.2 inches for those of you using the imperial system.

 

 I am playing in a charity golf tournament on Tuesday just outside Toronto so Im hoping we will actually get to play and I'll get to use my new watch.

 

I swear mother nature has it in for me!!!

 

 

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Driver - :callaway-small: Mavrik w/ Aldila Rogue White 130MSI 60X

3-Wood - :taylormade-small: M5 w/ Tensei Orange Pro 60g

Hybrid - :callaway-small: Apex 2 w/ Kuro Kage 65g

Irons - :callaway-small: Steelhead XR's w/ KBS Tour-V 90 - 5-PW, AW

Wedges - Kirkland Signature 52*, 56*, 60*

Putter -   Odyssey 3-Ball Hot Metal

 

JerBooth

Swing easy.

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Chip Strokes

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hey everyone! i'm beyond stoked to be afforded this opportunity from MGS and ShotScope.

my name is joe, and i've been playing golf for a little over a year.  hard to believe, i know, because it probably seems like i've been annoying you all on here for a lot longer.  i picked the game up last summer during covid when my dad and brother in law convinced me to join them for a round.  

a little about my game: i was blessed with club head speed...a lot of club head speed.  this has been a blessing and a curse so far in my short golf career.  when i'm finding the center of the face, things are pretty easy.  when i'm not, well let's just say misses are amplified.  i've managed to get my handicap down to around a 12 this year.  last summer i was struggling to break 100, and now i'm shooting in the mid-high 80s most times out.  

i've always been into stats and data, no matter what sport i was playing, so i've been interested in ShotScope for a while.  i currently use the GHIN app, which tracks fairways, greens, and putts and compiles them into some meaningful data to review after your rounds.  i'm excited to add some club tracking data to that and start to get a picture of where i'm really losing strokes.  

i feel like i'm a good pick to test the SS v3 because technology and gadgetry aren't really my strong suit.  if it works well and is user friendly, i'll be the world's biggest advocate.  but if the user interface is clumsy, or if it requires a lot of work to make the device useful, then i'll get frustrated with having to take on part time job just to know how far my 8i is going.  

all in all, i'm extremely excited to test this out.  any excuse to get out for a few more rounds as the season gets shorter in the northeast is good in my book.

if you have any specific insights that you'd like me to look into or highlight in my test, let me know! i'd be happy to try and accommodate useful information into my review.  otherwise just sit back and enjoy my rambling, often incoherent thoughts on what i think is going to be a great product.  

 

UNBOXING AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS

i got home from vacation on Saturday and my ShotScope was waiting for me.  i didn't waste much time in getting it unboxed and checking it out.  

here's how it arrived:

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really nice packaging with everything clearly marked and easily accessible inside.  here's everything you get in the box:

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you've got the watch itself, your charger, 16 tags for your clubs, and a quick start guide which even i didn't need (and i need to call the neighbor's kid if my tv input gets switched somehow).

the watch itself is made of quality materials and is really comfortable to wear.  i'd say its about the size of an apple watch but with a more comfortable and secure band.

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it sits tight to your wrist, and the clasp and closure are metal, so everything feels really secure once it's on.  my only pet peeve is that as a right handed golfer, you have to wear it on your left (glove) hand.  that means i'll have to sit the watch up a little higher on my arm.  not the biggest deal in the world, but we'll see how i feel about it when i play tomorrow.

once everything was unboxed, i downloaded the app and connected my watch to my phone.  again, this was super simple to do.  once you're connected, you can pick your home course, and then the app walks you through the rest of the setup.  i headed down to the basement to place the tags on my clubs and build out "my bag" in the app.

it takes a little bit of elbow grease to get the sensors into the butt end of your grips.  i guess that's a good sign that they won't fall out on the course.  here's where i ran into my second (extremely minor) issue.  i use midsized grips on my driver and woods, and they have a domed grip end.  this causes some seating issues with the flat sensors.

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it's screwed in as tightly as it will go and i don't think the sensor is gonna go anywhere.  it's just not as clean of a look as i'd like.  this all got resolved when i got to my irons, which have a flat end on their grips:

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i'm vainal (vain and anal - don't try to use that or my lawyers will be in touch) enough about my stuff that if i really like using ShotScope, this will influence my grip selection when i replace them at the start of next season.

from there, everything was smooth sailing.  i put sensors on all of my clubs except for the putter.  i plan to use the "manual putting" mode as people seem to find it easier.  you can build your bag in the app right down to your exact club model, which could make club comparison easier if you switch things around a lot.

i'd say total time from unboxing to being ready to go out and play was just over 30 minutes, and almost half of that was actually screwing the sensors in to my grips.  once i was done, i put the watch on the charger so it'll be ready for its first round tomorrow.

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Titleist logo | Logo gallery, Golf birthday party, Logo designU500 2i | Fujikura Ventus HB Black 10TX
Titleist logo | Logo gallery, Golf birthday party, Logo design T100 4-PW | Dynamic Gold X7
Vokey Design Vector Logo | Free Download - (.SVG   .PNG) format - VTLogo.com SM6 52* SM8 56* SM8 60* | Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
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Congrats guys! Looking forward to the reviews. Have any of you used Arccos to give a good compare?

 

@Chip Strokes make sure you got that watch on right… I don’t want any reviews on the watch head flying 300 yards down range because it couldn’t handle the swing speed!

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Congrats guys, looking forward to this review.   Do paper and pencil kind of stats now and this is probably the only stat system would consider since there are no subscription fees.  

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Thanks all, looking forward to testing just how far off line this thing will track! 🤣🤣

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Great mix of testers .. Congrats! to the winners!!!

I'm a V3 user myself so looking forward to seeing each new person's experience and comments 👍

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Congrats to the testers, will be interested in this one as I just ordered my upgrade from V2.

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Congrats to the testers.  Will be following this one closely to see if maybe I should change over from Arccos when the battery in my sensors run out....

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Congrats testers. I’ve had my shotscope since their promo early this year(last year maybe?). The latest update with strokes gained has been amazing. Only down side I’ve experienced is losing a few tags from my clubs. 

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Would love the opportunity to test this out.  I currently have Arccos and shoot detection had always been a problem for me.  I bought the link specifically to address the issue and it helped but putts still are a huge issue so is like to see if shot scope is an improvement.

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I’ve had my eye on the V3 ever since the pre-release hype started coming out. From what I’ve learned about it so far, it seems like the best value out of the entire pool of wearable shot tracking systems. 

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Currently use a Garmin S62, have used the Game Golf system. Would love to put this one through it's paces.

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On 6/26/2021 at 11:18 PM, naesoong said:

really excited to see how this plays out. putting is easily my worst part of my game lol

I've been thinking of getting one of these for a long time.

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I play well over 200 rounds of golf each year and am always looking for the most accurate and complete GPS system.  I have tried many GPS and Laser range finders. I presently use several including the older Bushnell 500 slope laser, Voice Caddie VC300SE, Voice Caddie VC200, and most recently the Golfwith Smart Caddie app. Without using any distance help, it can be quite annoying trying to find 200, 150 and 100 on course distance markers. But even they are not very accurate as using a GPS range finder to get the exact distance without guessing. I also presently use a Bushnell 500 range finder, but not easy to use as I don't have a steady hand. 

So, I would very much love to test a Shot Scope V3 GPS. Hoping it will put an end to everything else I have tried. 

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Already use the v2 system but the V 3 is a big upgrade sure would like to try it

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I've never used a GPS system like this. I'd love to see what it could do for my game.

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Would love the opportunity to test this. I have been using GolfShot GPS for the past few years. 

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Always wondered how wearing a gps watch would feel like on the wrist while playing and how it would help in lowering my scores and hcp. Had game golf tags long ago but found it cumbersome having to redo shots on the app. The earliest golf buddy owned had issues with hole recognition and was basically distances to front middle and back only, not very accurate though. Have always been wondering about these wearable devices. Would be a great opportunity to try one. Been using iPhone gps apps since but not much info per se. Current club hcp is 14, usga index 10.2. 
Good luck to everyone who applied.

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Very interesting and I will definitely be looking into buying the V3 anyway since it looks promising, would be nice to test it this way.

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Thanks for the opportunity Shotscope. Currently have the Garmin S10. Would love to combine a GPS with Arccos for more refined distances and shot tracking. Good luck all.

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Would like to test this. Currently Arccos somewhat user haven’t been pleased with the system and removed it. Due to multiple issues with the shot input. I currently manually input and track through swingU. 

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Perfect timing for me on this. I literally have the V3 in my shopping cart from the local shop, just waiting for the next sale to start. 

I'm a big data nerd, and have been tracking my shots for the last 5 years or so. I use a combo of excel, R (or Python depending on mood), and Google Earth to crunch the numbers, then port them into a dashboard in MS Power BI to plot every shot on a map of the course, strokes gained and some macro trends. It works pretty well but takes time on the course, and then maybe an hour after word to enter, crunch and update the database. I kinda enjoy doing it, as it forces me to review every shot, but lately I've been wanting something much more streamlined and shotscope looks to be the top contender in the space. 

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I've used Skycaddie Gametracker Smart tags, Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors, Garmin S60 watch. I currently have the Swing Caddie SC200, Bushnell Pro7 Jolt, Sky Caddie SX500, and Garmin s60. I would love to give The Shot Scope V3 a serious vetting to see if it makes my bag. Thank you and, Peace!

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I've used SkyCaddie watches for years and currently the Links. But I've never used the golf tags (Arccos, etc...), so I'd love to give it a try.

 

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Would love the opportunity to test out the Sot Scope V3. Looks like a better GPS than some. 

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Would love for a chance to try and test, never having used any kind of GPS tracking system. Really curious as to how much of a difference it would be..!🤯

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