February 11, 2015
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
It's no secret that players have been turning to ShotLink stats recently to highlight areas of improvement in their game. Some choose to analyze the numbers and make changes during the offseason, while others prefer to track their progress in real-time during the season.
Wearable technology has become a popular option for players that want real-time stats. The technology hasn't been approved for competition, but that hasn't stopped 2014 FedExCup champion Billy Horschel from using Arccos' real-time stat tracking device during practice rounds.
“Using statistics to understand my game has been a real key to my success," Horschel said. "Arccos is helping me take that knowledge to a whole new level. It’s super easy to use and instantly provides data for every shot I hit during my practice rounds. Post round, it helps me analyze my performance like I’ve never before been able to do."
The system comes with 14 sensors (one pairs to each club) that track every shot in real time using GPS and Bluetooth technology. To use the device, the sensor is attached to the butt end of the grip and paired with the Arccos app (via Bluetooth) on a mobile device. The app runs in the background during the round, keeping tabs on distances hit, club averages, driving accuracy, greens in regulation, sand saves, putts and more.
Arccos' proprietary Tour Analytics platform was developed by statistician Peter Sanders, who worked with Zach Johnson and many others to come up with a system that automatically breaks down a players' handicap into five key components — driving, approach, chipping, sand game and putting.
The platform allows players to gain insight into what every shot means; understand exactly how each part of their game contributes to scoring; explore comparative data in each of the five components from golfers with the same handicap; and evaluate patterns across their entire golf history, supporting refinement of on-course tactics.
Arccos' stat tracking system retails for $400 and can be used at more than 16,000 courses in North America.