DELRAY BEACH, Florida – V1 Sports, creator of golf swing analysis software for teaching pros and golfers, has released a significant update to its V1 Game mobile app that now includes A.I. Shot Tracking, as well as Virtual Coach and Virtual Caddie functions, to make the app one of the most versatile GPS, performance-tracking and comprehensive game-improvement platforms on the market.
With the V1 Game app, the company says a mobile phone or Apple Watch becomes a golfer’s personal caddie, game performance tracker and pocket golf coach. V1 Game’s GPS data provides accurate yardages to greens, hazards and landing zones to help you navigate the course like a professional. After a round is completed, V1 Game’s intuitive performance analysis technology provides a wealth of articulated statistics that reveal the user’s strengths, weaknesses and paths to improvement.
The V1 Game functions without the need for wearables, attachments or any external hardware other than a smartphone or Apple Watch.
“We’re excited that these new features make V1 Game the most comprehensive personal game management app on the market,” said Ryan Hebert, co-creator of V1 Game. “Using Artificial Intelligence, our A.I. Shot Tracking will help you make better decisions on the golf course and in practice. And, from club selection to aim point to what to practice next, Virtual Coach and Virtual Caddie reveal the very DNA of where you gain and lose shots and the path to scoring better. These new features revolutionize the way apps are being used help golfers effectively play better golf.”
For just the subscription price of V1 Game, Herbert said golfers get player-friendly GPS plus the most robust platform for shot and performance tracking (including a wealth of Strokes Gained categories) on the market, plus dialed-in lesson prescriptions, metrics that chart a golfer’s target potential and A.I. functions that can “intuitively caddie” and guide them toward smarter practice and better play.
A.I. Shot Tracking uses available sensors in a smartphone an Apple Watch to detect shots and automatically mark a round. An Apple Watch helps V1 Game’s new swing detection algorithm detect when you swing and will automatically mark your location. Since the sensors are on your wrist, the app can accurately detect swing events and gives a soft vibration to indicate that V1 Game has detected a swing.
Golfers who don’t have an Apple Watch simply need to start a round and keep their phone in a front or back pocket. Using a combination of GPS and accelerometer data, V1 Game finds the locations where the golfer was stationary and potentially hit a golf shot. For example, if the phone is in a pocket, the app can decipher when the golfer is sitting down in a cart or standing over a golf shot.
V1 Game still works if the golfer leaves the phone in a cart or golf bag. There may be slightly more post-round editing, but within a few minutes, a golfer can have a fully tracked round.