The Arccos Golf Caddie is a fully automatic GPS and Shot Tracking System that capture a golfer’s shots and statistics real time as you play. During a round the Caddie performs as an advanced GPS system and also as an artificial intelligence caddie. After a round, the Arccos analytics platform assists you in analyzing your playing stats and helps you break down the strengths and weakness of your game. The Arccos Caddie is really 3 electronic performance aids in one.
- First, Arccos is a highly advanced GPS system for on course management. The Caddie covers over 40,000 courses worldwide and is accurate within a few feet. It gives great course visualization on Apple and Android smartphones showing distances to the front, back and middle of the green. In addition, golfers are able to determine point to point distance. And, the Arccos caddie will give adjusted distances for wind, slope, temperature, humidity and altitude.
- Second, as mentioned, the Arccos System functions as an on-course, artificial intelligence Caddie. After five rounds of data collection, the Caddie is able to “understand” how far a golfer typically hits a club. It can then make recommendations, based on actual data, on club selection and hole strategy. This “knowledge” and the strength of the recommendations improves over time.
- Lastly, Arccos is a data-filled golf improvement system that helps golfers understand the strengths and weaknesses of their games as opposed to just going by gut. After a round, a golfer can sit down and look at highly detailed playing stats for the round or for passed rounds either on a smart phone or computer. The analytics will enable the golfer to rethink strategy and to understand areas of improvement based on data.
What are the actual components of the Arccos Golf Caddie system?
With each purchase, golfers receive:
- 14 ultra-lightweight smart sensors: 13 for woods or irons and 1 designed specifically for the putter. The sensors are 1/2 the size and weight of the original Arccos models
- Free iOS and Android app for both on course data collection and GPS / rangefinder use and for off the course data and analytics reviews
Installation of the system is easier than one might think. Essentially golfers will screw a smart sensor into the grip end of each club and then pair the club to the Arccos application that they have downloaded onto their smartphone device. While this set up might sound like a hassle, the entire process will take between 5 – 10 minutes to perform. Once installed and paired Arccos is good to go and ready to track your shots and stats starting with your next round.
The Arccos Golf Caddie’s GPS offers over 40,000 courses spanning the globe, viewable on Apple and Android smartphones. The GPS tracker offers accurate distances to the front, center and back of the green. In addition, with a touch of a finger a golfer can determine the distance to any point on the course. This feature enables accurate distances to hazards, doglegs and layup positions. And, the Arccos Golf Caddie will give adjusted distances for wind, slope, temperature, humidity and altitude.
Through intelligent proprietary algorithms the Arccos tracking system will measure the distance you hit the ball and the club that you have used. For those needing the details, the technology works as follows:
- As an example, when a golfer hits his driver on the first tee, the tracking sensor on the driver silently signals the impact of the club on the ball to the tracking app using Bluetooth technology. This signal will also indicate the golfer’s exact location on the golf course. On impact, Arccos electronically logs the “starting” point for the shot
- The golfer then proceeds to the location of his drive to hit his second shot. Once the golfer makes his second shot, the application “closes out” the initial drive while “starting” to track the second shot
- By sequentially starting and then closing each golf shot Arccos is able to record the distance of the shots, the clubs that were used, as well as the GPS location of the shots as they were played All of this tracking is accomplished seamlessly without golfer involvement
Through repeated use Arccos can develop a detailed profile of your club striking. Arccos measures distance, longest hits, standard deviation in yards among other data points.
Arccos Golf Analytics Platform
Taking a step beyond just club data and GPS functionality, the Arccos Caddie sets itself apart in its ability to improve a player’s game once the round is done. The amount of detailed data is beyond comparison to any other performance system on the consumer market
The Analytics platform:
- Breaks down a player’s handicap into five key elements: Driving, Approach, Chipping, Sand and Putting
- Offers comparative data from each of the five elements to players with similar handicaps
- Evaluates playing patterns that help you refine on-course tactics
- Can play back the prior round so that golfers can determine what they did right and wrong
Pros and Cons of the Arccos Golf Caddie
- Easy to set up
- Set it and forget it use. No need to “click” clubs prior to shots. Just go to the course and play
- Advanced GPS with front, back and middle distances to the green
- Adjusted distances for on course conditions (wind, slope, ec)
- Accurate data on average club distances and variability
- Strong game improvement data tracking and analysis
- Can “play back” every hole after the round
- Breaks down handicap by shot type enabling focus on true weaknesses
- You need to carry your smartphone in your pocket for the Bluetooth signal and shot tracking to work properly
- Not an inexpensive product
The Arccos Caddie is a huge technological step forward in bringing real time data to the average golfer. We particularly appreciate Arccos’ ability to defog are memories in terms of how far we really hit the ball. Arccos is must have technology for folks who are committed to improving their golf games.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Do you have to carry your smartphone on you or can you leave it in your cart?
Answer: Yes, your phone should be in your pocket. Arccos is introducing a sensor clip (to be purchased separately) which would allow you to leave your phone in your cart, but by doing this you would not be able to check the visuals and data on your phone as you are standing over the ball
Question: How long do the batteries last in the club sensors?
Answer: The batteries last two years. They are not removable nor replaceable
Question: How does Arccos tell a practice swing from a real swing?
Answer: The sensors have been upgraded and now sense the impact of a swing both physically and in terms of sound.
Question: What is the difference between Arccos Caddie 2nd and 3rd Generations?
Answer: There is no feature or technology difference between the two generations. The only difference is that the 3rd generation requires an annual $99 subscription with the first year included in the purchase price. Other than creating an annual income stream for the company, Arccos has not articulated any advantage to the consumer for the subscription.
At this point we advocate that folks purchase the 2nd Generation Arccos Caddie model while it is available. All services and features are the same as the subscription version in the 3rd Generation without having to pay the ongoing $99 annual fee.
For those folks who want accurate on-course distances without the full technology system offered in Arccos Golf Caddie we recommend two fantastic GPS watches from Garmin. Click here for our Garmin golf gps watch review.