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Golf game tracker battle: Arccos vs. GAME GOLF LIVE vs. SkyGolf

It’s a battle of the game trackers! The prevalence of game trackers in the golf word is continuing to rise. Thanks to GPS technology and great new apps, companies like Arccos, GAME GOLF and now SkyGolf are getting you closer to the pin than ever before. Beyond that, golfers can see their games improve more quickly than ever thanks to the comprehensive analysis that these trackers offer.

While Arccos, the new GAME GOLF LIVE and the SkyGolf GameTracker all operate by using tags that attach to the end of your club, they each have distinct and unique features. So, which is the best for you? Let’s break it down.

Arccos – $299.99 

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There are a few features that make Arccos stand out among the competition. First of all, unlike GameTracker and GAME GOLF LIVE, Arccos doesn’t require a sensor that you must tag your clubs to before each shot. Arccos offers the smoothest, most seamless process of game trackers. The sensors automatically sync with the GPS on your iPhone, so you’re ready to swing away!

Each sensor weighs in at less than 12 grams, so you won’t even notice them when you swing!

During the round
Using your phone’s GPS and Bluetooth, Arccos automatically tracks every single shot you take on its free mobile app. During the round, you’ll see vital stats right away, including average and longest drives distance, greens hit and putts per hole.

The mobile app features an extensive database of course maps for play all across the United States. For courses outside of the U.S., Arccos will still provide comprehensive data analysis on any course.

Your stats and data are automatically synced so you can view them after your round on the free app or online dashboard.

Post-play
While you can view your shots during the round, Arccos also provides a visual of all of your shots and tons of data after the round. See your trends throughout the day and track your improvement over time. The app will show you distance with each club, greens in regulation (GiR) percentage and so much more!

Beyond measuring stats, Arccos also analyzes them with its Tour Analytics Platform. You will receive analysis of how every shot you took affected your score!

The online dashboard and mobile app are extremely clean and easy to navigate.

Compatibility
Currently, Arccos only works with iOS devices. It also syncs with its new Apple Watch app, so you can see data right on your wrist!

Best feature
Arccos is the easiest-to-use tracker. There’s no tagging up to a sensor. Just play, and you’ll see results on a beautiful, well-designed app.

GAME_GOLF_LIVE_phone__36481.1445973589.400.400GAME GOLF LIVE – $299.99

Integration
Unlike Arccos, GAME GOLF LIVE requires that you wear a sensor that attaches to your belt. Before each shot, you tag the sensors at the end of your club to the wearable.

One standout feature of the GAME GOLF LIVE versus the Arccos is how lightweight the tags are. The ultra-lightweight tags add virtually no weight or height to your club. Just tag your club and you’re ready to go!

During the round
With its new and improved mobile app, GAME GOLF LIVE gives golfers real-time tracking and analysis during a round. The device – like Arccos – can replace traditional GPS and rangefinders. Using the free mobile app, golfers can see the distance to the pin and the distance of each shot they took.

Unlike Arccos, which uses the GPS from your phone, the rangefinder is GPS-enabled, which makes it much more accurate. The device will know exactly where you are on the course!

In addition, you can also see comprehensive stats during the round. This data includes average distances with each club, putting data, success rates and more!

Post-play
After your round, you’ll see a rounds summary so that you can review your round and see key stats. GAME GOLF LIVE syncs with the cloud, so you start reviewing your day immediately.

Using GAME GOLF LIVE’s dashboard on your computer or mobile device, you can see your stats, trends and much more.

GAME GOLF LIVE also seems like, well, a game. The free app rewards you with virtual badges, gives you challenges and allows you to share your stats via social media. Brag about your round online or activate a challenge to compete against yourself. You can also compare your stats to pros or others in the golf world in your handicap bracket.

The app also gives you virtual coaching and lessons to take your game to the next level.

Compatibility
GAME GOLF LIVE works with iOS and Android devices.

Best feature
GAME GOLF upped the ante with GAME GOLF LIVE. Not only can you view stats after your round, you can see key stats and data on the course so you can make adjustments as you go!

SkyGolf_GameTracker_phone__10369.1446668516.400.400SkyGolf GameTracker – $229.95

Integration
The cheapest option of the game trackers we’re comparing, the SkyGolf GameTracker offers an extremely accurate GPS for less money.

Like GAME GOLF LIVE, you fit the GameTracker SmartTags to the end of each of your club. The ultra-lightweight tags are durable and help identify each club in your bag. Simply wave your club’s tag in front of the GT1 RFID wearable sensor and then shoot.

The tracker works alongside the free SkyCaddie mobile app. The app serves as a rangefinder and scoring app. While the app is free, it comes with advanced features that you can buy in the app. However, with your GameTracker purchase, you’ll receive a free year of these features, which include:

  • TrueGround Maps
  • Interactive HoleVue in HD
  • Integrated targets – Zoom in closer to see distances to doglegs, hazards and more
  • Details green information
  • Advanced scoring and stat tracking

 

During the round
Like GAME GOLF LIVE, the GameTracker comes with a wearable that clips onto your belt. However, unlike Arccos, the wearable is its own GPS unit. The GameTracker is more than 300 percent more accurate than a phone GPS.

The SkyGolf GT1 replaces your phone’s location services with its powerful GPS engine and antenna. Be confident in the distance measurements you’re receiving! SkyGolf also uses TrueGround course maps. Experts have verified courses on the ground, so SkyGolf can boast having the most trusted rangefinder in the industry.

The app will get you closer to the pin as you view detailed course maps, detailed green maps and more!

Post-play
Like the other game trackers, Sky Caddie’s version syncs your data to the cloud. All of your performances are wirelessly uploaded to you’re my 360 personal performance locker within the SkyGolf 360 Cloud. You can view your data right from your computer or mobile device.

You’ll receive terrific insight from comprehensive stats, including fairways hit, greens in regulation, putts per hole and more!

SkyCaddie’s analysis tools will also let you look at your strengths and weaknesses after a round.

From the app, you can share scores with other SkyCaddie users on the app’s newsfeed. The app also allows you to book tee times at various public and private courses.

Compatibility
GameTracker works with iOS and Android devices.

Best feature
GameTracker is an extremely accurate device, thanks to its GT1 sensor. What’s more important than accuracy? Plus, it’s a cheaper price point, making it a great option. However, after your year-subscription is up, you would need to purchase SkyCaddie’s advanced features.

Overall, as you can see, there are positives and negatives to each system. As a whole, we recommend adding a game tracker to your arsenal if you’re looking to improve your game over the course of a season.

You can check them all out below. As always, if you have any questions, you can email us at help@playbetter.com or give us a call at (888)-738-5527. Each product sold through PlayBetter.com comes with a 60-Day Buy & Try Policy, so you can test out a tracker and see if it’s the best fit for you!

 

 

Five reasons golfers will love the new Apple Watch

Yesterday, we were glued to the Apple keynote livestream. Yes, we’re excited for iOS 8 and new iPhones in our pockets, but we were absolutely thrilled for the new Apple Watch. Not only will it be an amazing gadget for any techie to have on hand, but we also believe it will also be an awesome tool for golfers.

Here are a few reasons we can’t wait to get an Apple Watch out on the golf course:

1. Apps on your wrist
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Your favorite apps will be available right on your wrist. Whether it’s an app that pairs with a golf gadget such as a swing analyzer or an Apple app such as weather or an alarm, you’ll have all of the tools you need for a great day of golf right on your wrist.

See a storm in the distance while playing? Need to know exactly how far your shot was? You won’t have to fumble around your bag or pocket anymore looking for your phone. Your hands will be free, and an amazing app homepage will be available right on your wrist.

2. Fitness tracker
This is probably our favorite part of the Apple Watch announcement. The watch will serve as a full fitness tracker with its Activity App. It features three different “rings” that will help you get moving!

The Move ring shows how many calories you’ve burned, the Exercise ring shows how much activity you’ve done and the Stand ring shows you how often you’ve gotten up from sitting.

At PlayBetter.com, we’re about golf, but we’re also about fitness and a healthier lifestyle. This app will inspire you to get moving, (and hey, it’s a perfect excuse to get out there and golf, am I right?)

3. Workout App
Like I said, we’re about fitness and improving our overall health. This watch features a full Workout App that looks amazing. You can create goals, unlock achievements and set notifications for your workout.

It measures your time, distance, calories and pace for various cardio activities, such as running, walking, cycling and more!

The watch tracks your activity over time, so you can see improvements, all of your daily activity and so much more.

4. Syncs with your iPhone
apple-watch-iphoneWhen you have a notification, such as a text or a news notification, you’ll feel it right on your wrist. The new watch will pair perfectly with your iPhone.

Say you get an alert about the Masters on your wrist. You can continue to read more about the tournament on your phone.

5. … It’s on your wrist!
OK, this goes without saying. But we’re so excited about the possibilities of having such an amazing gadget available to us while our hands are kept free. Getting notifications, the time, weather, photos, top apps and SO much more right on your wrists will revolutionize your golf game and your tech game!

Is it 2015 yet?

Until then, check out the wide assortment of golf-specific GPS watches offered at PlayBetter.com.