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Arccos Caddie is the latest evolution of the Arccos shot tracking system. More emphasis on helping players on the course, but that comes with more use of your phone.
2014 was a great year for golf. Plugged In Golf was born, and Arccos launched the first iteration of its shot tracking system (review HERE). Arccos then evolved to Arccos 360 in 2017 (review HERE). Now, Arccos has changed again to bring golfers Arccos Caddie. While the core concept is still the same, a lot has changed since 2017, so we thought it was time to take another look.
Check out the latest Arccos sensors, Gen 3+, HERE
Set Up & Ease of Use
Setting up Arccos Caddie is not much different than in the past. Insert a sensor into each grip, then set up your bag in the app. The whole process doesn’t take more than a few minutes.
One notable upgrade is that the sensor for the putter is now the same size as all the other sensors. It is differentiated by its color – black instead of green – so make sure to install it accordingly.
When you get to the course, turn on the app, download the course that you’re playing, and tap “Start Round.” You’ll need to keep your phone in your pocket to accurately capture shot data, but you don’t need to have your phone in your hand if you don’t want to.
The new (or substantially upgraded) features of Arccos Caddie are the A.I. Powered GPS Rangefinder and Personalized Caddie Advice.
A.I. Powered GPS Rangefinder (below, left) takes into account distance, wind, slope, temperature, humidity, and altitude to give you an adjusted yardage for each shot. Also, this feature breaks down the impact that each of those factors has on the adjusted distance (below, right).
Personalized Caddie Advice uses A.I. to tell you the best way to play each hole (above, right). Based on the current conditions, it recommends an Optimal Strategy and predicts how many strokes you’ll need to hole out. This is a fun feature because it often gives you alternate ways to play a hole and shows you how many strokes the different strategies will take. This feature is most interesting and useful on short, narrow, or sharply angled holes.
The Arccos Caddie app is great. It’s intuitive, looks good, and offers a lot of data to the golfer.
Specific handicaps for Driving, Approach, Chipping, Sand, and Putting is a wonderful way to quantify the strengths and weaknesses of your game.
For the player that wants every bit of information, the A.I. Powered GPS Rangefinder can’t be beat. As you can see above, sometimes the adjustments can be extreme. Learning about the relative importance of these factors will make you a smarter player.
Finally, the Personalized Caddie Advice is an interesting tool for learning about strategy. It’s fun to sit at home, dial up a course, and see how conventional wisdom compares to Arccos’s A.I.
The biggest negative about Arccos is the phone requirement. Your phone needs to be in your pocket for shot detection, and much of the system’s value comes from having your phone in your hand during your round. While I’m not a Luddite by any means, I value my time on the course as time away from my phone. Also, if you spend time before every shot consulting your virtual caddie, your phone will quickly become your only playing partner.
Additionally, the shot capturing has improved dramatically but is still not perfect. It might be better with Apple Watch integration, but I found myself editing putts on multiple holes.
Finally, the data that Arccos Caddie provides is not as granular or malleable as Shot Scope. For the player who wants to get into the weeds of their performance, Arccos Caddie is limited.
A full set of Arccos Caddie sensors costs $180 (support Plugged In Golf, buy it HERE). Purchasing the sensors gives you one free year of the Arccos Caddie app. Subsequent years of the app cost $99/year. This is a higher start up cost than Shot Scope V2 (review HERE) and Shot Scope does not have an annual fee.
More than ever, the two systems are providing different things. As the name suggests, Arccos Caddie has ventured more toward helping you on the course, so if you don’t mind having your phone out on the course, this system has a lot to offer.
Arccos Caddie is an outstanding system, but whether or not it’s for you comes down to your feelings about using your phone on the course. If your phone is an extension of your arm and you don’t mind using it to get yardages, Arccos Caddie is wonderful. However, if you’d rather leave your phone in your car, capturing your data with Shot Scope is the way to go.