Arccos Golf: The Stat Tracking Platform You’ve Been Waiting For?
Earlier this year I wrote my in depth thoughts on the Game Golf platform that I was excited about for the better part of 2013.
Game Golf is a device that you wear on your belt, that pairs with tabs on each of your golf clubs to track stats and distances throughout your entire round.
I’ve played nearly 20 rounds with that now, and they’re making improvements no doubt, but there’s one major problem I keep running into: I’m forgetful.
If I hit a couple bad shots, the last thing on my mind is tagging a shot. Often I find myself walking 20 yards back just to tap my club to the device.
With time and habit forming I think this is going to go away, however, what if there was a similar device that didn’t require you to manually tag after each shot?
Well, soon there may be.
Enter Arccos Golf.
Arccos Golf is aiming to revolutionize the golf stat tracking world, by taking an idea similar to Game Golf, but making a few tweaks.
First instead of a separate device, it uses the GPS that’s built into your phone to track shots as you make your way around the course. Seems like a great idea (but we’ll see what that does for battery life).
Second, everything is in real time. No more round reviews, they’re touting the ability to see distances and performance throughout the round. I don’t know how valuable this is going to be in practice, but to not have to spend 10-15 minutes after every round correcting things seems pretty cool.
After a call with the Founders of the company last week, I was particularly excited about some of the in depth stats the are looking to track. Including separate handicap numbers for each of 5 categories: driving, approach, chipping, putting and sand play.
This will make it much easier to see where your game is really lacking and allow you to practice accordingly.
The Question Everyone Has Asked Me
I’ve talked to a few different people about Arccos since I first heard about it, and without fail each of them asked me the same question: how does it handle practice swings?
When the clubs are upside down in the bag, they are essentially sleeping. It’s activated when you take it out, and then there is impact detection built in. So if you take 3 or 4 practice swings and just barely brush the ground, it knows not to register those as shots.
However let’s say that you chunk 3 practice swings and it registers those as 3 different swings. It’s smart enough to know that your next shot was 150 yards down the fairway with a different club – so the last swing must have been the actual shot you took.
Once I heard how this worked I started to get pretty excited and hopeful that this thing is really going to live up to expectations.
Getting Hands on and Presale
If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile you know that in mid June I’ll be taking another golf trip to knock off more top 100 courses. This time I’m heading to NYC, and it just so happens the Arccos team is close by.
I’ll be heading out for a day on the course with them to get hands on with the device and see the early prototype first hand. So expect an update at some point on my thoughts on how it really works in practice.
If this sounds like something you’re interested in, check out the presale. It ships late summer and at $299, is $100 off the eventual retails price.
It’s not cheap by any means, but if it really does all it’s supposed to and you’re committed to improving your game, it could very well be money well spent.