Arccos Golf vs Game Golf – Which Is Best?
When it comes to tracking the finer points of your golf game, there are two companies which we recommend, Game Golf and Arccos Golf. Game Golf has been around for a while, while Arccos Golf is one of the newcomers on the market. Both have their merits, and this article will help you to decide which one is right for you.
Both products come with sensors which attach to the top of your club. These sensors track each swing of your clubs and compile that data into a stat-rich presentation of your golf round. You can get in-depth information about your shot distances, round statistics, and more.
How to Use Your Sensor System
We'll look at the Game Golf setup first.
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Once you have attached the sensors to the clubs which you want to be tracked, and have the large sensor on your belt, you only need a couple of minutes for the system to pick up your location by GPS. From here, it is simply a matter of tapping the sensor on the club to the sensor on your belt. That registers the club and tracks the stats for it. Using a different club? Simply tap that club to the sensor on your belt, and you are good to go.
In the video below the legendary Mark Crossfield takes you through a recap of a couple of guys he did some lessons with in Vegas using Game Golf. Check out the video to see if the system helps Mark and the students learn about their game.
Or if you don't have the time, I can tell you the result - the students did improve their game in terms of either accuracy or distance (or both) following use of the system in conjunction with a lesson from Mark.
Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors
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In the below video, we have Mark Crossfield again to take you through the basics of the Arccos sensor system as well as the stats and key functionality that you will get from this. He comments that this is a great system if you want to find out where in your golf game you're letting shots go. Furthermore he comments that the data can be a bit too realistic for some people, which goes a long way to confirming the accuracy of the Arccos sensor system.
Arccos uses the GPS in your smartphone instead of using a separate GPS. There is also no need to tap the club to a sensor before you use it. If you are worried about GPS accuracy during your round, then we found the Arccos system to be the more accurate of the two.
One main difference between the two systems is that you are using your smartphone for Arccos to track your shots, so you can take a look at your stats after every shot if you like. The Game Golf system is better for shooting your round and then checking your stats for the entire round when you are finished.
The Arccos 360 golf sensor system does have slightly better accuracy than the Game Golf system, but that comes at a cost. The Arccos system can range from 50%-100% more expensive than the Game Golf system. So which one should you choose? Both systems will work well. Pay a little more to get more accuracy and flexibility, or pay a little less and still get a system which tracks your shots and round well.
Ease of Use
One of the main complaints with the Golf Game system is the tapping. With the Arccos system, you do not need to tap a club to a sensor each time you use it. This means that you never forget to tap the club. Once you get into the habit of it, you will never miss a shot with the Golf Game system, but you do have to be careful. Each time you tap a club, the belt sensor will vibrate to register the tap. If you do that every time, you will be fine, but it can be annoying to miss out on some vital information.
The Arccos system is the easier to use of the two systems. It will automatically record shots without having to be told to record. The only downside of the system is failing to register two different shots from the same place. If you are using the tap method of Game Golf, the system knows exactly when you are taking a separate shot. If you are using the Arccos system and you take a shot with the same club and from the same place (such as being stuck in a bunker), it may automatically register it as a mulligan and count it as only one shot instead of two.
Golf is already a great game, but everyone loves a game to be made more gamey (is that even a word?). If you have the technology at your fingertips and can be a part of something bigger, then why not? Game Golf has the ‘challenges’ feature in its app. You can earn badges and awards for hitting certain goals and stats. There are also some challenges which run outside of the scope of your game.
From time to time, there are challenges like longest drive where people from all over can compete against each other without having to play against each other. These added features add a social feeling to the Game Golf app.
Arccos is a new company, and most of the focus has been on getting the technology right. This is a great thing, and there is a great possibility that at some point the Arccos system will also feature challenges and a social aspect.
The sensors with Game Golf do not need batteries, but the belt sensor does. When fully charged, it will have enough battery life to give you two rounds of golf. Simply plug it into the wall or a USB port to recharge.
The Arccos sensors do need batteries. They use watch batteries in each sensor which are good for a year or two before needing to be replaced. You will need to spend 30 minutes to an hour to replace them all. The Arccos system will also run down the battery of your smartphone as you play. An 18 hole round can use up to 50% of your battery. As long as you start with a charged phone, you will be fine.
These are two excellent systems. It is hard to recommend one over the other as they both have their pros and cons. The Game Golf system is the cheaper of the two, and you do not need to worry about replacing batteries in sensors or your smartphone being drained. The Arccos system is the more accurate of the two but is costlier. That advanced technology requires a little more tuning, especially when it comes to replacing batteries. Your main choice comes down to price vs. technology. No matter which system you choose, you are getting a system which will help to monitor your game and improve it.