Analysis on the PGA Tour has become common practice for players determining how much their games need to improve, but these days it’s getting easier – and maybe even better – for average golfers as well. The leading stat tracking GPS sensor platforms in the market are expanding their offerings with new datasets and hardware.
First, industry giant Arccos, whose users logged 3.5 million rounds and nearly 175 million shots in 2021, relies on its strokes won metric. Not only does the Arccos system allow its users to see data on strokes won for the four main aspects of their games (driving, approach shots, short game and putt), but it allows users to compare their current numbers to a specific goal handicap they would like. to go to. So instead of the typical 15 handicap seeing a big difference between his game and that of a scratch when it comes to shots won, the 15 handicap can adjust the parameters to see how he’s doing against a goal. more realistic handicaps, like a 10. Arccos provides users with an AI-powered distance device and club selection guidance for every hole and skill level player on any course in the world.
This same handicap-specific filtering feature is part of the latest update to the strokes won metric at Arccos: strokes won by each individual club in the bag. Through the company’s analysis of the more than 500 million shots recorded in its database, ‘Strikes Earned by Club’ offers the specific contributions to a player’s score by each club. Beyond any difference in distance, this allows a player to see more clearly how a new driver could benefit their game over another, or how an adjustment or change in grip or grip has not the desired effect.
“The insights gained from Strokes Gained by Club go well beyond what is available on the PGA Tour and will have a huge impact on the equipment choices of players, their coaches and clubfitters,” said Sal Syed, CEO and co-founder of Arccos. “This is just the latest step in our ongoing cycle of innovation that leverages a massive, unparalleled data set to help golfers make smarter decisions before, during and after their rounds.”
Meanwhile, Scotland-based Shot Scope is expanding its technology platform with new hardware. Its new Pro LX+ combines a laser rangefinder with a handheld GPS device and its individual grip sensors to provide tracking and circular distances in a single unit. Previously, the company had developed a GPS watch, the V3 Smart Watch, which worked with butt sensors in the grip of each club. Now, that same GPS technology is integrated into a laser rangefinder so players can get an accurate target through the rangefinder while displaying distances to hazards and the front, middle and back of a green. The Pro LX+ allows for three distinct in-round uses, including standalone laser rangefinder, standalone GPS unit, or combination units with the grip sensors. ShotScope post-round analysis examines over 100 statistics on club distances and tee shots, and a hole-locating feature allows for better short game results and putt performance.
“Our V3 smartwatch was a huge success when it launched in 2020, and now we’re bringing that same artificial intelligence to rangefinders and giving golfers a multi-product system that’s priced to suit every budget,” said David Hunter, Shot CEO of Reach.
Arccos Caddy’s Link sensors and device, plus a one-year subscription, are $250, plus it’s a free option that includes a three-month subscription on select Cobra, Ping, and TaylorMade clubs. The Shot Scope Pro LX+, which includes the laser rangefinder, handheld GPS, and sensors, retails for $350.