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Product Name: Arccos Golf Performance Tracking System
Product Type: GPS Shot Tracking System for iPhone
Product Website/URL: http://www.arccosgolf.com/
Cost: $299

Ratings (out of 5):
Quality: 4
Value: 3
Effectiveness: 4
Durability: 4
Esthetic Appeal: 4

iPhone GPS tracking system for your golf game

Please look at The Sand Trap Review by Michael Hepp, http://thesandtrap.com/b/accessories/arccos_golf_review


My Member Review

The Arccos Golf Performance Tracking System is the GPS enabled system to track all of your golf shots and putts during a round. It works currently only with the iPhone. I was given the opportunity to review this product having never used any shot tracking system. Below are my impressions.

The Arccos System comes in this sharp looking box. The box is sturdy and well designed.

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Inside of box the club sensors are arranged in individual holders. This comes in handy when storing the the sensors in the off season. I do both indoor and outdoor range work in the off season and don't want to use up the battery life of the sensors. The sensors activate every time you hit a ball.

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The sensors themselves are different from other shot tracking systems in that they use Bluetooth to communicate with your phone. They are the diameter of a golf grip and about 3/4" deep. The sensor screw into the top hole of the grip. The clubs sensor is below on the left with the putter sensor on the right. The putter sensor is made for a standard pistol type grip. I currently use a SuperStroke 3.0 grip. This sensor doesn't quite fit perfectly on that grip. The putter sensors are a little different than standard club sensors in their sensitivity and function. Arccos should maybe consider making putter sensors for other popular grip styles.

The sensor does add length and weight to your clubs, but it is not noticeable. No one I played with noticed the sensors at all.

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Instructions come with the unit. They are simple and straight forward.

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The left page shows the Step 1 instruction for attaching the sensor. On the right, step 2 is shown. It might be a bit more intuitive if the Step instruction and pictures were open at the same time.

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The app is only currently available for iPhones which is a bummer for you Android folks. After downloading the app I went through the process of attaching the sensors to my clubs and activating them. It is a pretty straightforward process. You select the club from a drop down menu. Then press down on the sensor to couple with the app. Arccos calls this "pairing".

I am using two types of grips lately, Pure DTX and Golf Pride MCC Plus. The sensor easily attaches to both, but the Pure grip is a little softer at the end and the sensor feels a bit more loose. I didn't have any issues with the sensor falling out though. It just felt more secure in the Golf Pride grip.

The app opening page is below. The app tries to find the closest course when you open. It has tons of courses loaded. You can also pre-load favorite courses.

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When you select the course and start a round, it brings up a satellite image of the first hole. It will give you distance to the pin, front and back of the green. The photo below doesn't show all the information because I took it sitting at my desk. But essentially, the Arccos system acts as a GPS system as well.

56c325f6a90b7_IMG_0545resized.jpg.6f9f6e 

Unlike other shot tracking systems, the Arccos system doesn't require you to select a club and tap a sensor before taking a shot. Each sensor is already paired to your phone. If you take practice swings that activate the sensor, the Arccos system will disregard those as shots once you take the actual shot. It senses that you are at the same location and notes the last shot.  Below is and example of a hole played. Notice I had a nice drive followed by a topped 5W! Each shot can be edited. If the sensor did not activate, you can add a shot later.

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When I first used the system, it was having trouble staying connected and had location issues.. It turned out to be an issue with iOS 9. I contacted Arccos and they responded immediately. They created a patch and instructed me to delete the app and reload the app with the patch in it. After that, I didn't have any more location issues. The image below is a nice par.

56c327e18fe4a_IMG_0542resized.thumb.jpg.

I was only able to get six rounds in before the snow came. But there was enough information for me to see the capabilities of the system. As Michael, @mchepp , indicated in his review, you can only edit the round on your phone. This really isn't a big deal. I got used to that quickly. You can edit the club, insert a shot, move a shot location, etc., on your phone.

For the most part, I only had to add a couple of full swing shots in a round. I have to admit, they were probably fat shots from the rough where the sensor didn't activate. I did have to add a few putts.

For putts, you have to be careful not to tap your putter down while walking. In the bag, the sensor is off because of the orientation of the club. The sensor has a little gyroscope inside and knows when it is in the hitting position. It is a good idea to carry the putter by the head when walking to keep it from activating. I didn't have any issues, but was aware of the potential and was careful.

For the putter, it also is set to sense you getting ready to putt with a pause. Arccos recommends that when you tap in a close one, you need to pause before hitting so the sensor knows you putted. If you walk up and tap it in, the sensor may not read. This isn't a huge issue because you can always add the putt later. But it will not know the location on or off the green. 

Once you get enough rounds in, you can start seeing the analytics. The image below shows my clubs. Available views are Smart Distance, Smart Range, longest, GIR and usage. One thing the Arccos doesn't know is whether your shot was a full swing, punch out or pitch/chip. In order to develop your shot zones for each club, you will need to remove those shots from the calculations unless Arccos saw the distance as an outlier. The Smart distance algorithm takes outliers out of the calculation. But it does miss some.

Example below: I used my 5 iron only four times in the 6 rounds. One was a punch out. I can remove that shot. 

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There are a lot more statistics available as well. They can be looked at from individual clubs, as in the image below, or your combined rounds. @mchepp review, http://thesandtrap.com/b/accessories/arccos_golf_review, shows the stats available on the Arccos site, so I will not show those pages. Below are a couple of views on my iPhone. Ok, I have to admit that my whopping drive was downhill!

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Other notes:

Battery life - Arccos is a GPS system, so it will use up battery. They give instructions on how to maximize battery life. I was careful to fully charge my iPhone 5 before each round. I brought a power pack, but didn't have to use it. The system used about 50% of my battery during a 18 hole round. I've got a new iPhone 6s, so I will be curious to see how the battery lasts with a new phone.

Putting stats - The putting distances are recorded by estimating your distance from the hole by the length of the first putt. It knows where your second putt started. So it will not give you the most accurate putting stats. I see the system as more geared toward full swing analysis.

Conclusion:

All in all, I think this is a pretty good system. I usually carry my phone when I play because I keep my score on my phone, so that is not a hassle for me. The system is easy to set up and works as advertised for the most part. I kept the phone on me as recommended, but it would be nice if I could keep it in my bag instead. I'm not sure of the Bluetooth distance capability, but that would be a nice improvement.

At $299, it is expensive, which is why I gave it a three for value. Except for the putter sensor, the sensors are not really noticeable, which I find as a plus. I would again recommend that Arccos has a different sensor shape for SuperStroke type grips.

I will take this out again when the season starts and work with it some more. There is also a lot more to explore on the web site. You can look at your performance by round, by course, overall, etc.

I don't have enough rounds in to evaluate battery life in the sensors. I will report that in this thread along with any other observations.

Thanks for reading.

 

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13 minutes ago, Golfaddict247 said:

Man, I really want to get this , but  $299 Price tag is steep....

Both have their pros and cons, but have you looked at GAME GOLF?

Yes, they're a partner to the site, and @david_wedzik and I are working with them further, too… but I also feel it's the better choice right now, if for no other reason than it's more widely supported AND the tags don't change the swingweight of your clubs like the Arccos ones do.

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On February 16, 2016 at 10:07 AM, boogielicious said:

Product Name: Arccos Golf Performance Tracking System
Product Type: GPS Shot Tracking System for iPhone
Product Website/URL: http://www.arccosgolf.com/
Cost: $299

Ratings (out of 5):
Quality: 4
Value: 3
Effectiveness: 4
Durability: 4
Esthetic Appeal: 4

iPhone GPS tracking system for your golf game

Please look at The Sand Trap Review by Michael Hepp, http://thesandtrap.com/b/accessories/arccos_golf_review


My Member Review

The Arccos Golf Performance Tracking System is the GPS enabled system to track all of your golf shots and putts during a round. It works currently only with the iPhone. I was given the opportunity to review this product having never used any shot tracking system. Below are my impressions.

The Arccos System comes in this sharp looking box. The box is sturdy and well designed.

IMG_0530.JPG

Inside of box the club sensors are arranged in individual holders. This comes in handy when storing the the sensors in the off season. I do both indoor and outdoor range work in the off season and don't want to use up the battery life of the sensors. The sensors activate every time you hit a ball.

IMG_0532.JPG

The sensors themselves are different from other shot tracking systems in that they use Bluetooth to communicate with your phone. They are the diameter of a golf grip and about 3/4" deep. The sensor screw into the top hole of the grip. The clubs sensor is below on the left with the putter sensor on the right. The putter sensor is made for a standard pistol type grip. I currently use a SuperStroke 3.0 grip. This sensor doesn't quite fit perfectly on that grip. The putter sensors are a little different than standard club sensors in their sensitivity and function. Arccos should maybe consider making putter sensors for other popular grip styles.

The sensor does add length and weight to your clubs, but it is not noticeable. No one I played with noticed the sensors at all.

standardSensor.png            putterSensor.png

Instructions come with the unit. They are simple and straight forward.

IMG_0533.JPG

The left page shows the Step 1 instruction for attaching the sensor. On the right, step 2 is shown. It might be a bit more intuitive if the Step instruction and pictures were open at the same time.

IMG_0535.JPG

The app is only currently available for iPhones which is a bummer for you Android folks. After downloading the app I went through the process of attaching the sensors to my clubs and activating them. It is a pretty straightforward process. You select the club from a drop down menu. Then press down on the sensor to couple with the app. Arccos calls this "pairing".

I am using two types of grips lately, Pure DTX and Golf Pride MCC Plus. The sensor easily attaches to both, but the Pure grip is a little softer at the end and the sensor feels a bit more loose. I didn't have any issues with the sensor falling out though. It just felt more secure in the Golf Pride grip.

The app opening page is below. The app tries to find the closest course when you open. It has tons of courses loaded. You can also pre-load favorite courses.

IMG_0548 resized.jpg

When you select the course and start a round, it brings up a satellite image of the first hole. It will give you distance to the pin, front and back of the green. The photo below doesn't show all the information because I took it sitting at my desk. But essentially, the Arccos system acts as a GPS system as well.

IMG_0545 resized.jpg 

Unlike other shot tracking systems, the Arccos system doesn't require you to select a club and tap a sensor before taking a shot. Each sensor is already paired to your phone. If you take practice swings that activate the sensor, the Arccos system will disregard those as shots once you take the actual shot. It senses that you are at the same location and notes the last shot.  Below is and example of a hole played. Notice I had a nice drive followed by a topped 5W! Each shot can be edited. If the sensor did not activate, you can add a shot later.

IMG_0541 resized.jpg

When I first used the system, it was having trouble staying connected and had location issues.. It turned out to be an issue with iOS 9. I contacted Arccos and they responded immediately. They created a patch and instructed me to delete the app and reload the app with the patch in it. After that, I didn't have any more location issues. The image below is a nice par.

IMG_0542 resized.jpg

I was only able to get six rounds in before the snow came. But there was enough information for me to see the capabilities of the system. As Michael, @mchepp , indicated in his review, you can only edit the round on your phone. This really isn't a big deal. I got used to that quickly. You can edit the club, insert a shot, move a shot location, etc., on your phone.

For the most part, I only had to add a couple of full swing shots in a round. I have to admit, they were probably fat shots from the rough where the sensor didn't activate. I did have to add a few putts.

For putts, you have to be careful not to tap your putter down while walking. In the bag, the sensor is off because of the orientation of the club. The sensor has a little gyroscope inside and knows when it is in the hitting position. It is a good idea to carry the putter by the head when walking to keep it from activating. I didn't have any issues, but was aware of the potential and was careful.

For the putter, it also is set to sense you getting ready to putt with a pause. Arccos recommends that when you tap in a close one, you need to pause before hitting so the sensor knows you putted. If you walk up and tap it in, the sensor may not read. This isn't a huge issue because you can always add the putt later. But it will not know the location on or off the green. 

Once you get enough rounds in, you can start seeing the analytics. The image below shows my clubs. Available views are Smart Distance, Smart Range, longest, GIR and usage. One thing the Arccos doesn't know is whether your shot was a full swing, punch out or pitch/chip. In order to develop your shot zones for each club, you will need to remove those shots from the calculations unless Arccos saw the distance as an outlier. The Smart distance algorithm takes outliers out of the calculation. But it does miss some.

Example below: I used my 5 iron only four times in the 6 rounds. One was a punch out. I can remove that shot. 

IMG_0543 resized.jpg

There are a lot more statistics available as well. They can be looked at from individual clubs, as in the image below, or your combined rounds. @mchepp review, http://thesandtrap.com/b/accessories/arccos_golf_review, shows the stats available on the Arccos site, so I will not show those pages. Below are a couple of views on my iPhone. Ok, I have to admit that my whopping drive was downhill!

IMG_0544 resized.jpg  IMG_0547 resized.jpg

Other notes:

Battery life - Arccos is a GPS system, so it will use up battery. They give instructions on how to maximize battery life. I was careful to fully charge my iPhone 5 before each round. I brought a power pack, but didn't have to use it. The system used about 50% of my battery during a 18 hole round. I've got a new iPhone 6s, so I will be curious to see how the battery lasts with a new phone.

Putting stats - The putting distances are recorded by estimating your distance from the hole by the length of the first putt. It knows where your second putt started. So it will not give you the most accurate putting stats. I see the system as more geared toward full swing analysis.

Conclusion:

All in all, I think this is a pretty good system. I usually carry my phone when I play because I keep my score on my phone, so that is not a hassle for me. The system is easy to set up and works as advertised for the most part. I kept the phone on me as recommended, but it would be nice if I could keep it in my bag instead. I'm not sure of the Bluetooth distance capability, but that would be a nice improvement.

At $299, it is expensive, which is why I gave it a three for value. Except for the putter sensor, the sensors are not really noticeable, which I find as a plus. I would again recommend that Arccos has a different sensor shape for SuperStroke type grips.

I will take this out again when the season starts and work with it some more. There is also a lot more to explore on the web site. You can look at your performance by round, by course, overall, etc.

I don't have enough rounds in to evaluate battery life in the sensors. I will report that in this thread along with any other observations.

Thanks for reading.

 

Good, thorough review, thanks!

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