2016 Buyer’s Guide Tech & Apps

Golf Tips Equipment Guide


Looking for the ultimate way to turn your iPhone — or Apple Watch — into a cool game-improvement tool? The Arccos system features 14 sensors that attach to the grip end of a club and pair via Bluetooth with the company’s free iPhone app, while the newly introduced Arccos Driver, which attaches to the big dog, is designed as an entry-level alternative to the Arccos system at a more affordable price. With the full array, once the user begins a round of golf, the system maps, measures and records every shot taken, automatically capturing critical data on club distances, putts per round, greens hit in regulation, driving accuracy and more to help players identify patterns and refine strategy. The Driver software, meanwhile, gives you all the feedback you need to improve your tee game, from spin rate to clubhead speed to launch angle. “We aim to innovate in a manner that makes golf more exciting, addictive and fun for everyone from beginners to Tour players,” says Arccos CEO Sal Syed. “Arccos Driver accomplishes that by offering entirely new ways for people to compete with their friends, track their stats and improve performance.” The free Arccos app is among the first golf specific offerings available for the new Apple Watch and GPS distances at more than 20,000 courses, as well as club recommendations and much more. Endorsed by FedEx Cup Champion Billy Horschel and LPGA star Michelle Wie among other pros, Arccos instantly tracks shots in real-time so golfers can see specific stats and review performance during or after each round.
$299 full set, $199 Driver (app is free)

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The Tour V4 and Tour V4 Slope Edition are faster than their predecessor, 30% smaller and more ergonomically designed to increase the ease and accuracy in acquiring yardages. The Tour V4 Slope Edition uses patented, Tour trusted technology to provide compensated distances for elevation changes. The USGA’s revision of rule 14-3, effective this year, enables players to use DMDs with a slope function, so long as the function is disabled during play. Bushnell designed the Tour V4 Slope Edition with the ability to turn the slope function on and off, making it legal for tournament play. The Tour V4 also includes Bushnell’s JOLT Technology, which provides short vibrating bursts to signal Bushnell’s advanced PinSeeker Technology has isolated the target and locked onto the flag. lt’s accurate to within one yard and boasts five to 1,000-yard range performance (400 yards to a flag) VR $299, Tour V4 Slope $399

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Bushnell’s lightest and thinnest golf watch, the Neo iON has been redesigned to meet the ever-changing needs of golfers wanting wrist-mounted devices and comes pre-loaded with more than 35,000 courses in over 30 countries. In addition, it’s equipped with a new integrated step counter and charging clip design while boasting market-leading battery life. The Neo iON is an easy-to-use GPS rangefinder with instant yardage measurements in a simple, fashion-forward design and with no membership fees. Neo iON’s predecessor, The Neo-XS, offered golfers more battery life than any other GPS watch on the market. Now, the neo iON takes it one step further by delivering an even longer battery life, expected to last for more than three rounds of golf, and even more benefits such as a shot distance calculator, pedometer, odometer and the ability to decipher up to four hazards per hole. Not only will the device recognize courses almost instantly; its auto-hole advance feature automatically changes from one hole to the next. A new integrated step counter has been added allowing the golfer to track distance, speed, and total activity time throughout their round.

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For the first time, golfers and instructors have access to a personal and portable system – for use both on the range and the course – that accurately analyzes the golf swing, while automatically tracking shots from tee to green and delivering analytics directly to a smart phone app and the cloud, in real time. ClubHub is a comprehensive golf performance system allowing instructors and coaches to better evaluate and interact with students, from anywhere at any time. It features 14 sensors, one for each club in the bag, which are seamlessly and easily attached to the butt-end of the club and then quickly paired with the smart phone app. Golfers simply make a swing and instantly see data on the app, including club head speed, face angle, angle of attack, tempo and transition angle. Additionally, ClubHub’s shot tracking technology allows golfers to record rounds and scoring stats such as driving distances, fairways hit, greens in regulation and putting. By viewing the data, instructors can monitor on course swing characteristics and course management skills to help students develop a better all-around game. And, perhaps most important to the game of golf, ClubHub features a unique application that captures data while the golfer is playing a round of golf, and then stores it for post-round analysis.
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In an ever-more crowded field of whiz-bang, full-scale swing monitors, FlightScope — which debuted way backed in 2001 — has distinguished itself by going straight to your head. Already known for its 3D Doppler club and ball tracking monitors, golf radars and launch monitors for sports, the company unveiled its new FocusBand, a wearable, motion based, mind-sensing headset. It looks like a simple sweatband, and once a golfer straps it on its brain sensing system trains the mind into a calmer state — something every player will admit he or she could use. “When the state of mind and belief system are altered, the results can be extraordinary,” said Henri Johnson, CEO of FlightScope. “This unique combination of technologies easily illustrates how users can perform to their fullest potential by better understanding the mind-body connection that is so important in the game of golf.” Through the integration of FocusBand, FlightScope users can track swing and shots while comparing their state of mind with real-time data and feedback beneficial for enhanced training. FlightScope also introduced a new short distance setup as an update to its firmware and software settings; users now just need 16 feet of space instead of 21 feet to get accurate feedback. FlightScope employs phased array and ballistic tracking technology to accurately record ball trajectory and actual launch data.



Callaway has been busy in the rangefinder department, rolling out three new products in partnership with Izzo. The Callaway GPSY Golf GPS watch delivers fast, accurate distances to greens, hazards and doglegs. It locates your course and will auto-advance from hole-to-hole during play. With a turn of the wrist, get accurate distances to the front, center and back of the green as well as layup and carry distances to hazards and doglegs. The Micro Laser Rangefinder delivers the benefits of both laser and prism technology within one ultra-compact, lightweight device. For courses that have flagsticks with built-in reflectors, prism mode is ideal for quickly acquiring the distance to the pin with minimal effort and a high degree of accuracy. To acquire distances to other objects, laser mode allows you to scan the landscape for distances to hazards, trees, front of the green, etc. Finally, the Callaway Hybrid Laser-GPS Rangefinder combines the pin-seeking precision of a laser with the added convenience of a GPS — all in one compact device. It’s loaded with more than 30,000 courses and there are no subscription or download fees.

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Though it has a lot of competition, this top­rated app has been downloaded over a million times and used to record over 2.5 million rounds of golf. Users love the Golf Pad app for iOS and Android phones, smartwatch compatibility, as well as its GOLF TAGS tracking system. The Premium version, available as in­app purchase for $9.99 per year, has richer stats; club recommendations based on distance, elevation, player history, altitude, temperature and humidity; and supports all popular smartwatches including the Apple Watch. Golf Tags are hardware sold separately and screwed into club’s handle; they have an NFC chip, require no battery to operate and are used to track every shot’s distance and club used, simply by tapping the Tag against the phone (Android only). All stats and every shot’s distance are calculated automatically and are available in real time. Golf Pad has over 34,000 courses worldwide in its system; the GPS rangefinder offers instant distance to middle/front/back of the green, or any point on course. And once you played a few rounds on a course, Golf Pad will produce course­ and hole­specific statistics and will help you pick the best strategy for each hole. You can also take notes and upload and access all stats online. The app includes an automatic handicap calculator that supports USGA, CONGU and EGA handicaps, and it conforms to USGA tournament play rules when Tournament Edition is enabled. You can even post rounds on Twitter, Facebook or share via email; your friends will see the scorecard, notes and shot map. Now that’s power for the social media age.



It’s been a big hit in Asia for quite a while, but Epson’s M-Tracer golf swing analyzer for golfers of all levels is now available for the American market. David Leadbetter is so high on this product that he’s offering it at his Leadbetter Golf Academy as well. M-Tracer is a lightweight, club-mounted golf swing analyzer designed to give golfers unprecedented insights into every element of their swing. It securely attaches to the golf club grip to capture the golf swing at 1,000 samples per second and sends data to an iOS or Android smartphone in real-time via Bluetooth. “M-Tracer gives golfers an incredible amount of relevant information on their swing that can be used to improve their game,” said, Randy Bergstedt, manager, Epson Active. “Whether you’re just getting started, a professional golfer or a golf coach, the M-Tracer’s actionable insights provide valuable insights to help you achieve your best performance. M-Tracer and our other fitness and sports wearables are a testament to Epson’s commitment to driving innovation in technology for active people.” With a built-in Inertial Measurement Unit derived from Epson’s industrial sensors, the M-Tracer tracks and records the swing path of the club, clubhead speed, clubhead path, face angle at the time of impact, tempo and more. The M-Tracer smartphone app shows the golfer’s full swing path in 3D and offers the ability to rotate the view and compare their swing against that of a pro-level golfer or their own previously recorded swings. The app also provides comprehensive graphical analysis of the impact zone, shaft rotation, club speed and swing tempo. It even has a built in freeze frame option for the critical “halfway back” and “at the top” positions.



Here’s another wearable device — a wristband — that taps into innovative technology to collect performance data automatically while a golfer plays or practices. Then he or she gains insights into his game online and, armed with fresh data, sets a course for improvement. The new technology allows the golfer to collect this info without a phone connection. Shot Scope automatically collects over 100 performance stats, which are uploaded through Bluetooth or USB to the Shot Scope dashboard and displayed in easy-to-consume graphics. Shot Scope Technologies was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland. From its inception, the company has aimed to improve the way in which both amateur and professional golfers collect and analyze statistics. The Shot Scope team of technology experts and golfers, including a former Walker Cup player Gavin Dear, set out to develop smart wearable technology that was more intuitive and comprehensive than any current market offering. After two years of development, the Shot Scope wristband was born.



The SkyCaddie LINX GT Gametracker Watch is another exciting new innovation in both the GPS watch category and the game tracking category, and the SkyGolf GT2 Game Tracker is a wearable device to provide unmatched GPS accuracy when integrated with its SkyCaddie Mobile Rangefinder App. The LINX GT GameTracker Watch is another example of producing hybrid products from the individual products in SkyGolf’s large but compatible e-golf portfolio, developed recently to create more opportunities for golfers to improve and play better using the latest in technology. At its core, the LINX GT is a standalone GPS watch that features SkyGolf’s TrueGound Course Maps to provide distances to front, center and back for over 35,000 preloaded courses worldwide. IntelliGreen technology displays the true shape of the green from angle of approach and pin targeting allowing you to move the cursor location for precise distance to any location on the green, while TrueGround Target List allows you to quickly find precise yardages of up to 40 hazards, bunkers, carries, water, end of fairway and layups per hole. The watch also pairs wirelessly with the SkyCaddie Mobile GPS app to provide expanded views on your phone that work together in perfect harmony. Meanwhile, the LINX GT is so much more than a GPS watch. It is the first rangefinder that includes a built-in shot tracking system, that when combined with a full set of the SkyGolf SmartTag club tags, allows golfers to track the club, location and distance of each shot. Real-time, wireless synchronization between the LINX GT and SkyCaddie Mobile via Bluetooth Smart technology provides quick distances on your watch, an expanded view in vivid HD on your smartphone, and the ability to share live rounds with your golf instructor, friends or family via the SkyGolf 360 Cloud. The SkyGolf GT2 Game Tracker includes a highly accurate, wearable GPS and RFID sensor and featherweight tags that the golfer attaches to the grip end of each club. Designed to be a complete system, the SkyGolf Game Tracker provides both the distances you need via the integrated SkyCaddie Mobile Rangefinder app, but also easily captures the club used, distances and the location of each shot. With either the SkyGolf GT2 or the SkyCaddie LINX GT, each captured shot is sent automatically in real time to the SkyGolf 360 Cloud to eliminate connecting to a computer after the round.
$299.95 & $349.95



The SkyCaddie SW2 Watch features a much slimmer design. 35,000 preloaded courses, and Bluetooth Smart technology for easy data syncing. Using golf’s only ground-corrected precision course maps, the SkyCaddie SW2 provides distances to the front, center and back of the green. It will automatically advance around the course as you do with Intelligent Automation. Only SkyGolf walks every course with professional survey-grade equipment to create the most complete and most reliable course maps in the game. Bluetooth Smart technology is built into the watch and when paired with the optional SkyGolf 360 Mobile App, golfers can upload scores and stats to SkyGolf’s online community for fast and easy review of their rounds without a cable. The Bluetooth connectivity also makes it easy to keep the SW2 Watch up-to-date with the latest error-corrected course updates to avoid the obsolescence of preloads. It lets you track as many or as few stats as you want. All of your scorecard data on SW2 is wirelessly uploaded to your My 360 personal performance locker within the SkyGolf 360 Cloud. Once uploaded, you can review your performance from any mobile or desktop device without the need for a cable. A built-in odometer tracks location, distance, time, laps, speed, pace and calories burned during walks, runs or bike rides. You can also time your rounds with a pace-of-play timer to keep track of how long it takes you to play 18 holes. $179.95



Zepp 3D Motion Sensor ZEPP is a range rat’s dream, and it’s also a bit different from so many of today’s swing analyzers in that it attaches to a golf glove instead of the club. Like the others, it does rely on a Bluetooth connection and a cozy relationship with your trusty sticks to get the job done, and what a fine job it is — notching, in real time, truly illuminating details about your swing from club to club, and via its phone app, those details are being updated constantly. If you didn’t have a clue what your “hand plane” was, or couldn’t successfully gauge your swing speed through the bag without visiting a high-tech pro shop and getting hooked up to a state-of-the-art machine, you can now. Sure, you can just stick the free app on your iPhone and still enjoy access to a myriad of swing tip videos, record your own move and even compare it to Tour players like Michelle Wie, Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele. But drop an extra $150 on the sensor and Zepp really comes alive as a full-fledged digital teacher. It takes just a few minutes to set up an account online, go through the bag and match up your clubs with Zepp’s database (or go generic if your model isn’t there). Open the app, set the device in a safe spot next to the ball-feeder or tee marker, and start swinging. Choose the proper corresponding club on the app as you work through the bag and you’ll get accurate figures on tempo (shown as a backswing-to-forward swing ratio), backswing position (in degrees), club and hand plane comparison and clubhead speeds for driver, fairway woods, hybrids, irons and wedges. The app’s Lab Reports and Insights sections offer side-by-side comparison of all the numbers. Then record your swing in 3D and seeing how the feedback and practice are working for you. Zepp is an amazing, intuitive and fun-to-use tool.
$149 (app is free)



VPAR’s app seamlessly integrates detailed GPS capabilities, robust course directory and personalized player profiles for sharing photos, archived scores and match invites. Golfers sync mobile devices for a game and input their scores at each hole to create an up-to-the-second standings board. Just as the pros reference the latest leaderboard at each hole, now everyone can use current standings to strategize their play. Overhead hole layouts and distances to bunkers, water and other features remove the guesswork from your game. Your very own range finder also allows you to instantly gauge club selection to land at any spot of the green. Search over 30,000 golf courses from around the world — from your local favorite to the world’s premier golf destinations. Check out a map of the design, call to book your tee time, review your experience or check the forecast before you go. Ever lost the paper scorecard from your best round? You can not only retrieve your score but ig deep into personal stats like greens in regulation, driving accuracy and putts per round all with a few taps of your finger. “I was introduced to VPAR at concept stage and quickly realized its potential and where we could take it,” says Jason Stoop, VPAR’s managing director. “I had never seen such a positive interaction between consumer and product at the initiation stage. Live golf scoring is the future of amateur golf.”
App is free ($8.99 for full version)



SkyGolf, maker of SkyCaddie, gets into the portable, club-based swing analysis game with its new SkyPro Swing Analyzer. About the size of a flash drive and weighing less than one ounce, it attaches easily to the shaft of any golf club just below the grip. Thousands of critical data points about a golfer’s swing path, club head speed, swing plane, club face rotation, shaft angles and much more are instantly sent via Bluetooth to a free app on their smartphone to view their swing from address back to impact from any angle in true 3D high-definition. Powerful 3D inertial motion sensors in the SkyPro capture up to a hundred thousand data points from address to impact during the swing automatically. Playbacks of captured swings are displayed in vivid high-definition on a smartphone. Without pushing buttons or forcing a change in your pre-shot routine, SkyPro captures automatically such information as clubhead speed, swing path, club rotation, face angle, swing plane, shaft lean, tempo and much more. Custom selectable goals and challenges measure progress making practice both fun and rewarding. Thousands of swings can be stored on a smartphone or uploaded to the optional SkyGolf 360 cloud service for storage and sharing with friends via the SkyGolf 360 app.
$169.95 with app for Apple iOS or Android



Voice Caddie came out with the world’s first voice-guided GPS rangefinder a few years ago, and it was a huge hit, allowing golfers to get the yardage they need without punching buttons or trying to see a small screen in the sun’s glare. This year they go even smaller and lighter with the VC300 ($129.99), another hands-free device that gives quick, convenient and accurate measurements to the front, back and center of the green and automatically recognizes which course and hole is in play among more than 40,000 courses worldwide. The comprehensive line of Voice Caddie items also includes T1 and T2 Hybrid Golf GPS watches, the CG100 Green Caddie and PT30 Putting Trainer as well as the D1 Executive Flip Voice GPS device that combines the voice measurement capacity of the VC300 and data display function of the SC200 Swing Caddie Launch Monitor. Also new this year is the portable SC200 Swing Caddie Launch Monitor ($349.99), an optimal training device for golfers of all skill levels, allowing access to a launch monitor virtually anywhere without the need to make a major investment. With its voice enabled capability, the SC200 simultaneously displays and calls out carry distance, swing speed, ball speed and smash factor after each swing.


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