Bought a Shotscope last week (should have asked you re the discount code!) and used it for first time on Saturday. Watch is very light but not insignificant in size. Personally I was fine with it. Impressed with the software (needed to move a couple of locations for the putts) but all very quick and easy.
I've never used Gamegolf so can't compare but didn't like the idea of tagging. Also, as far as I'm aware, there isn't anything else like the Pin Collect on Shotscope at present.
My guess for the near term......they'll improve on the size of the watch and others will somehow incorporate exact pin location functionality.
Overall very happy so far. Even at £185 and not £148. Every shot was registered......just a couple of first putts not quite in the right place.
Happy to answer any specific questions you may have.
Is there a tag in the putter? I'm guessing that when you push the buttons for number of putts (at the end of the hole), this registers the pin location and also marks the last x shots as putts for the software?
I contacted them regarding adding a GPS rangefinder to the watch in the future. They said it was a possibility, but not in the short term. If they did, then they would hopefully be able to reward those who supported the current model with a discounted upgrade. If it had this now I would be straight on it!
Yep, that's exactly how it works. A tag in the putter too (they're very specific about only using the 'P' tag in the putter.....perhaps it's more sensitive).
At the end of the hole, when retrieving the ball you press a button on the watch for 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4. I guess 5-putts have to be edited on line after the round.....hopefully I'll never find out. This records the hole location.
I snapped the first putter tag, oops. Seems my putter (Evnroll ER2) may have a counter balance that I hadn't been aware of! Anyway, e-mailed them and I had a new tag in a couple of days. Although not sure yet how best to attached the new one. I've left messages with Evnroll in the US but so far they don't seem inclined to help!
For the first round I taped the top of the snapped tag to the top of my putter. I did this fairly securely so don't know it this caused an issue with it picking up the location of the putts (i.e. it wasn't free/loose enough to register the putt?). When looking at my round afterwards online a few holes showed the location of the hole but not the first putt. The stats recorded two 2 foot putts rather than say a 25ft putt and a 2ft putt. Easy for me to edit and I can remember the shots when I play my home courses. I'm not so sure when I play 18 at other courses I'd be able to remember the location of my first putt on each hole. Anyway, hopefully I'll sort something out with the replacement tag and all will be fine. The thread is about 3/4" and I think if I trim off about 1/4" it'll fit into the grip just fine. Only downside is any future re-sale value if I change in a couple of years and I've hacked the putter thread down.