What is Arccos?
Think of it as Fitbit for golf.
It is fourteen sensors that you attach to the end of each of club, and in conjunction with the GPS of your iPhone, tracks every shot that you hit during a round. This is also similar to the GameGolf product but the key difference is Arccos’ sensors will detect club impact on your behalf without requiring your explicit “tap” or trigger to let it know you’re about to take a shot.
So excited to try this out!
The Arccos system (the fourteen sensors + the iPhone app) will automatically keep track of the location and distances of every shot; provide front, middle, and back of the green distances; and automatically keep score while you play. The promise is that it’ll do all this for you in the least disruptive way possible to your current playing routine.
Here are my early impressions after 3 rounds so far.
System Set Up
The sensors are small gumdrop shaped caps that screws into the grip end of each club. I found that putter sensor didn’t fit too well with my Superstroke grip but it is still fully functional. My suggestion is for you to test each sensor first in case you find a drained battery like I did and have to replace them. The pairing process is simple- open up the app, select your clubs and press the top of each sensor for 5 seconds as the app prompts you. Continue reading
I’ve always thought I’m “not good enough” to be lasering exact yardages when my iphone GPS app will do. I use GolfShot Classic, a brilliant piece of software that is simple, fast and to the point. From what I can tell, my reads are generally within a yard or two from my buddies lasering to the pin. It also provides a simple way to mark the distance between two points such as the tee box and where your ball landed to calculate distance so you get to learn your yardages. On the other hand, there have been quite a few occasions where I’m in the mountains, or playing in a cloudy overcast day, or even once when a course changed their layout that made it very ineffective- you don’t realize how reliant you are on a number until you are trying to visually judge if you are 85 or 70 yards out and trying to pick between two wedges. Also, one of the best practice facilities in the city move their grass tee box around so it’s very difficult to judge what the yardages are unless you have a super consistent 100Y and 150Y shot.
This weekend, I took the plunge and picked up a new Bushnell Tour v3 Slope Edition Rangefinder. Golf town had it on sale at the same price as the non-slope edition.
Love the bright, easy to spot, orange color!
I’ve played 3 rounds so far and here are my initial thoughts:
This is part one of a seven part series documenting my Winter lessons as a bogey golfer trying to improve. You can read the Intro here: Winter Lessons Series
Lesson Date: Feb 8, 2014
Rob started out by having me warm up while watching me on video and asking me questions like:
- What is your usual miss?
- It’s wild. Left pulls and right pushes/slices. He says it’s more a hook than a pull after I started missing some left.
- Do you hit it fat?
- No, generally if I miss, it’s a thin shot. I’ve gotten so good at it that I have no fear fairway bunkers. Greenside bunkers can get ugly.
- How’s your distance?
- Messy. Can easily be one club differences depending on the day. A 150y 8i one day but 140y 8i on others.
I also mentioned I feel like my ball flight is pretty high and I have lots of difficulty playing in the wind. Continue reading
For a smaller guy, I’m quite heavy footed and you can definitely hear me coming from a little way away. (Subtle and silent isn’t part of my repertoire). Not surprisingly, I go through shoes very quickly and golf shoes are no exception.
Last year, I bought a pair of Adidas golf Adicross spikeless and just loved them. In fact, I don’t think I’ll go back spiked shoes again.
1. Traction and Performance
Instead of traditional soft spikes, the sole is just a bunch of (non-replace-able) nubs designed to clear debris and provide traction. At first, I was quite concerned about morning dew and playing in wet conditions but they’ve actually held out better than I expected. After playing 30+ rounds last season, I’ll say they held up really well.
In dry weather, you won’t even notice. It does its job and quietly stays out of the way.
In wet weather, admittedly, they are not as stable as traditional shoes, but I’ve never really slipped because of bad footing. I have slipped from overswinging but that likely would’ve occurred with spiked shoes anyway.
Virtual Golf in Winter
The weather is finally improving. A whooping 6*C (43*F for our American neighbours) in my hometown today and we are finally able to breath some fresh air.
After lamenting our Canadian Winters in a previous Travel Post, we end up spending time at more and more indoor golf simulators that are popping up in town. Most of us are familiar with with the AboutGolf system- it’s the one used on the Golf Channel and in the sim rooms at Golftown. (I think they are upgrading/switching to GC2 for some reason.) Of course, Golftown’s simulator are never consistent- I’m convinced they’re jacked up to encourage enthusiastic club sales.
Last night, we visited a newer location in town that uses the GolfZon simulator.