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Auto Shot Tracking

Enjoy a hands-free experience with our latest technology on your Apple Watch. Let Golfshot track your shots and give valuable insights into your game!

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How it Works

Golfshot uses machine learning to teach your Apple Watch what a golf swing looks like, so now it can detect each shot you take!

Approach the ball and take your swing, then when you go take your next shot we use GPS Tracking to see how far your ball has gone, and we save that distance as a Tracked Shot.

How to Use Apple Watch for Swing Detection and Auto Shot-Tracking

It’s just 3 easy steps to start tracking your first shot.

Make sure your Apple Watch is connected and is on your leading hand’s wrist* and enable Auto Shot Tracking.

Start a round and take your first shot!

 

Your Apple Watch will ding to let you know it detected a swing successfully and will start tracking your shot!

*The leading hand is the hand on the front side of your golf swing, usually NOT your dominant hand.

Step by Step Directions

If you’re having an issue or would like to learn more, this guide is for you

1. Wrist Set-Up. Ensure your watch is set up for the correct wrist. Head to Settings → Apple Watch  and select whether you play Right or Left Handed. 

You can set the digital crown location to either side. We are working on support for having the watch on your trailing wrist.

2. Enable Auto Shot Tracking. Open the Golfshot app and navigate to Settings → Apple Watch and enable “Auto Shot Tracking.”

You can enable “Haptic/Audio Feedback” if you would like to be alerted when a shot is successfully detected. Be sure the correct dominant hand is selected on this screen.

Be sure to enable Shot Tracking Auto Accuracy” to better track statistics for each shot, Long/Short/Left/Right/Hit, as well as “Smart Club Distances” which makes the caddie more forgiving of bad shots by excluding off target tracked shots and duff shots from club distance calculations.

3.Wait for the Swing ML to download and be processed. This is our proprietary Machine Learning model that uses the watch sensors to detect when you take a golf shot. There is a progress indicator to let you know when it is ready.

You will need to open the Golfshot app on your Apple Watch while the model transfers, this can take several minutes to complete.

4. Start a round in Golfshot and step up to the tee box, take your shot and Golfshot will automatically start tracking. If you have “Haptic/Audio feedback” enabled you will hear the “happy” success tone on the watch and/or a vibration if your watch is set to silent mode.

Golfshot will continue tracking your shot until you take your second strike, which will end your current tracked shot and begin tracking a new one. 

If you take multiple shots in one spot, don’t worry Golfshot will only track one. 

 

 

 

5. Tracking Shots. On the watch GPS screen, you will see a small white golf club icon in the bottom left corner of the screen, letting you know auto-tracking is enabled and working.

Once a shot starts tracking, you will see your selected club and the real-time distance next to this icon. 

6. Changing Clubs. If you need to change the caddie recommended club displayed in the top right-hand corner, turn the Apple Watch’s digital crown from the GPS screen to scroll to the club you will use for this tracked shot.

If you need to edit your current club, page left and use the digital crown to change and select your club.

While the club icon is orange, taking another shot will replace the currently tracked shot; so don’t worry if Golfshot accidentally starts recording a practice swing, it will be replaced when you hit the ball.

7. If Golfshot doesn’t detect your shot, you can still manually track the shot by doing a long press and selecting “Missed Shot.” 

If Golfshot detects your shot and you don’t want to track it (“Breakfast ball”), you can cancel the shot by doing a long press before moving location (while the club icon is still orange).

 8. Once Golfshot detects a putt, it will end the shot that is currently being tracked. Golfshot detects putts, but does not track their distances. 

If Golfshot fails to detect your putt, and you are still on the green, you can end the shot that is currently being tracked by accessing the Apple Watch with a long press and selecting the “End Shot” option.

*Auto Shot Tracking requires Apple Watch Series 3 or newer, running watchOS 7.0 or greater. 

Step by Step Directions

If you’re having an issue or would like to learn more, this guide is for you

1. Ensure your watch is set up for the correct wrist. Head to the “Watch” app on your iPhone and go to General → Watch Orientation and set the wrist to your leading wrist (the front hand in your golf swing).

You can set the digital crown location to either side. We are working on support for having the watch on your trailing wrist.

2. Open the Golfshot app and navigate to Settings → Apple Watch and enable “Auto Shot Tracking.”

You may also enable “Haptic/Audio Feedback” if you would like to be alerted when a shot is successfully detected. Be sure the correct dominant hand is selected on this screen.

3.Wait for the Swing model to download and be processed. This is our proprietary Machine Learning model that uses the watch sensors to detect when you take a golf shot. There is a progress indicator to let you know when it is ready.

You will need to open the Golfshot app on your Apple Watch while the model transfers, this can take several minutes to complete.

4. Start a round in Golfshot and go to the first tee box, take your shot, Golfshot will automatically start tracking. If you have “Haptic/Audio feedback” enabled you will hear the “happy” success tone on the watch (or a vibration if your watch is set to silent mode).

Golfshot will continue tracking the distance until you hit the ball again, which will end your current tracked shot and begin tracking a new one.

5. On the watch GPS screen, you will see a small white golf club icon in the bottom left corner of the screen, letting you know auto-tracking is enabled and working.

Once a shot starts tracking, you will see your selected club and the real-time distance next to this icon. 

6. If you need to change the caddie recommended club displayed in the top right-hand corner, turn the Apple Watch’s digital crown from the GPS screen to scroll to the club you will use for this tracked shot.

If you forget to do this before taking your shot, you can edit the club before you have changed location (while the club icon is orange). Changing the club selection once the club icon turns white will change the club selection for your next shot. You can always edit a tracked shot on your phone.

While the club icon is orange, taking another shot will replace the currently tracked shot; so don’t worry if Golfshot accidentally starts recording a practice swing, it will be replaced when you hit the ball.

7. If Golfshot doesn’t detect your shot, you can still manually track the shot in the Tap and hold menu of the watch by selecting “Missed Shot.” 


If Golfshot detects your shot and you don’t want to track it (“Breakfast ball”), you can cancel the shot through the Tap and hold menu before moving location (while the club icon is still orange).

 8. Once Golfshot detects a putt, it will end the shot that is currently being tracked. Golfshot detects putts, but does not track their distances. 


If Golfshot fails to detect your putt, and you are still on the green, you can end the shot that is currently being tracked by accessing the Apple Watch Tap and hold menu and selecting the “End Shot” option.

*Auto Shot Tracking requires Apple Watch Series 3 or newer, running watchOS 7.0 or greater. 

Questions?

Get in contact with our Support Team for any questions, concerns or comments and we’ll get right back to you!