The Arccos 360/Link/Caddie 3.2 is one of the products featured in our Editor's Choice product list.

Arccos 360/Link/Caddie 3.2

Editor’s Choice 2019

Tour pros often talk about the important role their caddies play and their influence on good scoring. But sadly, we amateurs rarely get to benefit from this partnership… until now. Arccos Caddie 2.0 is a next-generation artificial intelligence product that sets out to help amateur golfers shoot lower scores through more optimal club and strategy decisions. Since its introduction, more than one million rounds of golf have been played using Arccos on over 40,000 courses worldwide. Caddie 2.0

is powered by the Microsoft Azure cloud, which uses machine learning to interpret Arccos’rich shot-tracking data and provide three different strategies for every shot on any hole.

The Caddie 2.0 calculates these strategies by taking into account the user’s shot history, historical performance of other Arccos users, the wind and other weather conditions, elevation changes, hole geometry and hazard locations. The Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors, formerly known as Arccos 360, slot in to the top of each club grip to track shot locations. Users can then gain access to Arccos Caddie 2.0 free of charge. The strategy information that Arccos Caddie 2.0 provides off the tee is legal for competition use, although other features, like elevation changes on approach shots, are not. Users can toggle the system on their phone for competition use when required.

Having data that scientifically proves the scoring benefit of one strategy over another is an incredible development in golf, as efficient strategy is one area that golfers often neglect. While you still have to execute shots well to experience the benefits, knowing that you’re hitting the correct club at the right time will instil a confidence over the ball that should lead to good shots more often. Arccos Caddie 2.0 is very much in its infancy (it doesn’t yet replace the human caddie!), but it is still a game-changing innovation that may well represent the future of the golf caddie at amateur level.

Providing golfers with real-time strategies for every shot on any hole in the world, the Arccos Caddie 3.2 platform now enables users to provide fellow golfers with daily hole locations on a global scale. The locations can be set before, during of after a round and are then universally updated for every Arccos user who plays the same course later in the day. The data also ties into the Arccos rangefinder GPS and ‘Play Like’distance functions to help achieve lower scores.

Powered exclusively by the Microsoft Azure cloud computing service and deploying the latest in A.I, the Arccos Caddie 3.2 gives users the opportunity to ask Apple’s latest Siri assistant to recommend a club, mark a hole location or add a duff shot to the score. Players can also benefit from a more detailed view of the green within the Arccos Caddie app to further support pin setting, distance to the pin GPS and putt tracking.

Arccos boasts the golf industry’s richest data set, with almost 200 million shots recorded and more than 500 million GPS mapping data points on over 40,000 golf courses across the world.

Arccos Caddie 3.2 uses a wide variety of inputs to provide golfers with real-time insights into optimal and alternative strategies, as well as outcome predictions for every shot played. The factors considered include:

  • a user’s shot history;
  • the historical performance of other Arccos users;
  • wind speed/direction and other weather conditions;
  • elevation changes;
  • hole geometry;
  • hazard locations.

Winner of an Editor’s Choice award on both sides of the Atlantic in 2018 – having been acclaimed by Golf Digest and Golf Monthly – the Arccos Golf platform helps golfers of all skill levels play smarter to shoot lower scores. In 2017, Arccos users improved their handicap by an average of 3.55 strokes –a rate 46.7 times faster than the average player with a USGA handicap. This year, that rate of improvement increased to 3.79 strokes.

Arccos Caddie 3.20 is available free with Arccos 360 from selected outlets at a RRP of £249, while existing Arccos Caddie 2.0 users can upgrade via the app.

Arccos Golf, the pioneer of artificial intelligence (A.I) for golf has announced the introduction of Arccos Link, a small, ultra-lightweight accessory that allows users of the Arccos Caddie platform to automatically record their on-course performance data without the need for a phone in the pocket.

Compatible with any iPhone or Android device, the device can be clipped to a player’s belt, trousers, shorts or pocket. An internal GPS allows it to function independently of a user’s phone, while transferring data either during or after a round, based on player preference.

Weighing less than 25 grams and measuring smaller than a belt buckle, the weather-resistant Arccos Link boasts a battery life of up to 10 hours and quickly charges via a standard micro USB cable. Set to deliver in early Summer 2019, Arccos Link will retail for £79.99, with a special pre-sale price of £59.99. Product reservations may be placed via www.arccosgolf.uk.

Arccos Link is designed for use with second-generation Arccos sensors, including all Cobra Connect clubs, Arccos 360, Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors and Arccos Caddie Smart Grips.

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