REVIEW: Arccos 360 Golf GPS System
While the jury is still out on whether the amateur golfer can benefit from enhanced stat tracking, our friends at Arccos Golf continue to provide the best system available on the market. The new Arccos 360 golf GPS system ($249) is the company's latest installment, and it is incredible. The original Arccos system gave golfers detailed stat tracking without the hassle of wearing any gadgets or gizmos on their clothing. This feature remains consistent in the Arccos 360, along with multiple system enhancements that make upgrading a must for the consumer:
Battery Guarantee – Certified for a minimum of two years without charging
Power Saving – Allows users to play rounds in airplane mode, dramatically reducing phone battery drain and eliminating data roaming during international travel
GPS 2.0 – Hands-free shot mapping combined with rangefinder distances in yards or meters to any point on more than 40,000 courses
Readers of this site know that I'm 50/50 when it comes amateur players being overly concerned about their golf metrics. I contend the amateur golfer is best served worrying about hitting different shots and less about shot distances and putting stats. The Arccos 360, however, is forcing me to change my stance on this topic.
Arccos 360 records every shot you hit in real-time and helps you identify areas of improvement in your golf game as it happens. First and foremost a golf GPS, you can benefit from the Arccos app's rangefinder distances to choose the right club on every shot. Tour-caliber analytics are also available to give you a well-rounded snapshot of your putting, driving, short game, and ballstriking stats. Reviewing your post-round data can help you make better on-course decisions in following rounds, assuming you interpret the data appropriately.
This is where I think Arccos 360 excels when compared to the first generation system. When used in concert with a PGA teaching professional, golfers can review the stats dashboard to build a training plan focusing on the player's weaknesses. The level of detail in the system's data output is an instructor's dream, which will lead to faster improvements in your game.
Golf stat tracking can be beneficial when used appropriately and with the help of a teaching professional. The data that you receive won't tell you how to fix your game, but rather where to focus first. As long as you understand this distinction and are willing to work with an instructor to actually improve, the Arccos 360 is undoubtedly the best option available.