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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 

Arccos Game TrackerIntegration
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!

 

 

New GAME GOLF LIVE offers real-time insights using smartphone app

GAME GOLF, known as one of golf’s leaders in stat tracking, has upped the ante with its new GAME GOLF LIVE. The device has updated and includes new stats that can be viewed in real time. Previously, the stats could only able be viewed at the end of each round.

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Manduka: “There really isn’t anything like it on the market!”

If you’re serious about yoga, look no further than Manduka. While there are many options on the market for yoga mats, if you want one that will last, you need the one that is tried, tested and determined to be the best mat available.

According to Mindith Rahmat, who tested the mat for two months, of breakingmuscle.com, “The Manduka Black Mat Pro is simply the best yoga mat we have tested. The Manduka mat is designed to endure hours of yoga practice. Many yoga teachers and professionals swear by the quality and durability of the Manduka Mat Pro.”

617_zoom_1439496201Yoga is a great choice for many, considering that a mat is all you need to get started. However, if you regularly practice yoga, investing in a Manduka Pro Mat is worth it. Plus, the mat comes with a lifetime guarantee, making this the only mat you’ll ever need!

“Manduka makes high quality yoga mats that provide excellent grip, which is important for postures like downward facing dog, and they back their flagship Black Mat Pro and Pro Lite with a lifetime guarantee! As a regular practitioner, that is a huge selling point,” said Allison Korycki, director of operations and yoga instructor at Charm City Yoga. “Sure, you make an investment purchasing one of their mats, but it’s worth every penny.”

PlayBetter offers Manduka Pro Mats in both regular and extra long sizes. Because of its lifelong durability, the mat reduces landfill waste, and there were no toxic emissions released when the mat was produced.

Beyond being environmentally friendly, the mat also has many features that make it the best on the market. It is 1/4” thick for unparalleled cushion and comfort. Forget an aching spine or sore joins after a yoga session! The top of the mat has a fabric-like surface that will present slipping even when it gets wet or sweaty. The bottom has a dot-patterned bottom so it will stay in place. No slipping with Manduka!

In addition to a fantastic mat, many people who practice yoga swear by yoga towels. Well, like its mats, Manduka offers the best towels on the market: yogitoes.

yogitoes_green__56101.1440449857.1280.1280Made from eight recycled water bottles, yogitoes are also environmentally friendly. The towels also have patented dot technology, which prevents slipping on your mat. Also, the towels are super absorbent and include a hygienic layer.

“Our signature style at Charm City Yoga is Hot Vinyasa, in which the studio is heated to around 90 degrees. This vigorous, flowing style of yoga will leave you sweaty so it’s helpful to have a towel on your mat to sop up the sweat,” Korycki said. “Manduka’s yogitoes towels are one of our best sellers due to the silicon bumps on the bottom, which hold the towel in place on your yoga mat. There really isn’t anything like it on the market!”

So, what are you waiting for? You’ve invested in your physical and mental health by taking up yoga. Don’t you also deserve to invest in the products that will give you the best possible yoga session?

For more information on Manduka’s line of products offered at PlayBetter, check out the links below:

Manduka eKO SuperLite Travel Mat
Manduka PRO Yoga Mat (Regular)
Manduka PRO Yoga Mat (Extra Long)
Manduka yogitoes

If you have any questions about PlayBetter’s line of Manduka yoga products offered, give us a call at (888)-738-5527 or shoot us an email at help@playbetter.com.

Take strokes off your game: Expert explains value of yoga for golfers of all levels

Namaste, golfers! While you may be more used to talking tee times, your best shot and the newest club you can’t wait to get your hands on, it’s time we brought yoga into the conversation.

Maybe this is the first time anyone’s suggested yoga to you. While you may see it as “not for you” or something out of your comfort zone, here’s the thing: It could shave strokes off your golf game!

Recently, we talked with Charm City Yoga’s Allison Korycki, 28, about how yoga can benefit golfers. Korycki is the director of operations and a yoga instructor at Charm City Yoga. If you want more information on her, visit charmcityyoga.com.

“At Charm City Yoga, we see a ton of athletes, including current and former Ravens like Hall of Famer Jon Ogden, Orioles players, runners, basketball players, cyclists and golfers. In fact, our upcoming workshops like Yoga for Athletes and Yoga for Golfers are in high demand,” Korycki said. “We have even added a Yoga for Athletes program where we send yoga teachers to public and private high schools and universities in the greater Baltimore area to help teams engage in holistic conditioning and improve performance. We teach swim teams, soccer teams and lacrosse players alike.”

yoga poseWhile yoga can benefit golfers looking to increase flexibility and strength, it can also help ailing golfers. If you constantly find yourself battling a sore shoulder or stiff legs after a round of golf, yoga can help heal you and get you back on the course sooner.

“Yoga not only builds strength, stamina and flexibility, but it also decreases injuries and promotes healing. Athletes will greatly benefit from the increased reaction time, mental focus and clarity yoga brings,” Korycki said.

While physical performance is a huge part of both golf and yoga, as anyone knows, both sports take mental strength, concentration and determination. Arnold Palmer said it best when he said:

“The whole secret to mastering the game of golf – and this applies to the beginner as well as the pro – is to cultivate a mental approach to the game that will enable you to shrug off the bad days, keep patient and know in your heart that sooner or later you will be back on top.”

Korycki noted that yoga will help golfers mentally on the course. What they learn on a mat can translate to the green, from breathing techniques to clearing their minds.

“When you have control of your mind, you can remove mental blockages and unlock your greatest potential to show up fully for yourself and your teammates,” she said.

While yoga can be intimidating, check out this article in which Korycki offers practical advice on how beginners can get started practicing yoga. For more on Charm City Yoga, click here. To see PlayBetter’s full line of top-line yoga products, click here.

If you have any questions about PlayBetter’s line of Manduka yoga products offered, give us a call at (888)-738-5527 or shoot us an email at help@playbetter.com.

Looking to take up yoga? Here’s how to get started

September is National Yoga Month, which means there’s no better time to get started practicing yoga! Although seeing experienced instructors or everyday yogis in headstands and complex poses can be very inspiring, for many interested in getting into yoga, it can be extremely intimidating.

However, yoga offers so many benefits for participants of all levels, from the physical effects – weight loss, more muscle tone and more – to the mental benefits. While it may seem intimidating, Allison Korycki, 28, director of operations and a yoga instructor at Charm City Yoga recommends jumping in and getting started in a beginner class. Korycki first began practicing in 2007 and hasn’t looked back since.

She was kind enough to answer a few questions and offer a few pieces of advice for those looking to break into yoga. If you’re interested in her Baltimore-based classes, visit charmcityyoga.com.

PlayBetter: Why and how should first-timers, maybe those who are a little skeptical, try yoga? How can they get started without feeling overwhelmed or intimidated?

Allison: It’s best to start a practice by taking beginner yoga. These classes are slower paced, more descriptive and introduce you to basic breathing techniques and key concepts of yogic philosophy. The best way to experience transformation through yoga is by committing to a regular practice. Make space to practice 2-3 times per week and you will be amazed by how much better you feel!

Yoga sunsetPB: What are the overall benefits of yoga – physically and beyond?

Allison: Physically, yoga helps (you) tone muscle, lose weight, improve circulation and respiration, decrease pain and muscular tension, improve joint mobility and create greater body awareness. Mentally, yoga teaches mindfulness, that is, freedom from the constant chatter of the mind so one can find presence and clarity and decrease stress. Practitioners find that they are less reactionary and better equipped to handle stress and find inner peace and calm.

PB: Do you have a good success story of someone who has come to Charm City Yoga?

Allison: There are too many to tell! Countless students’ lives have been improved through a regular yoga practice. Every day, students tell us how their yoga practice helps them be a more understanding partner, a more patient parent, a more compassionate boss and a happier person in general.

PB: How important is good equipment for people of all levels?

Allison: To practice yoga, you just need a yoga mat and an open mind.

While it’s probably best to jump into a beginner class with a certified instructor and peers, if you really want to make sure you’re prepared, there are a lot of online resources for you to try. Check out the YouTube video below to get started and be sure to follow PlayBetter’s Pinterest board.

 

Follow PlayBetter’s board Yoga on Pinterest.
 

If you have any questions about PlayBetter’s line of Manduka yoga products offered, give us a call at (888)-738-5527 or shoot us an email at help@playbetter.com.