The Arccos Caddie Rangefinder – powered by artificial intelligence and real-time, cloud-based data – is revolutionizing the category and providing Arccos players with an unprecedented level of actionable data.
Seamlessly integrated within the Arccos Caddie app, it’s available to Arccos players for no additional charge. Just make sure you’re running the latest version of the app and you’ll have all the power of the industry’s leading decision-making tool at your fingertips.
Here are three easy ways to maximize the Arccos Caddie Rangefinder for rapid game improvement and more enjoyment this season.
1. Understand the “Why”
GPS- or laser-based rangefinders provide point “A-to-B distances” with a high-degree of accuracy; some even include slope. However, they don’t account for other elemental factors impacting “true” yardages.
Ask any PGA Tour caddie and they’ll tell you that distance is only part of the formula in selecting clubs for their players when the stakes are high.
“Even rangefinders that cost $500 fail to consider the impact of factors like wind, temperature and altitude, which massively affects shot distances,” says Sal Syed, CEO and Co-Founder of Arccos Golf. “By using golf’s largest on-course data set to fuel our AI algorithms, we’re allowing golfers to make better decisions on the course – for no additional cost.”
The Arccos Caddie Rangefinder accounts for all of these elements plus humidity and slope. The altitude calculation is even personalized based on elevation differential between the Arccos player’s home course and the one they’re currently playing.
Leveraging data from 300,000 golfers logging more than 200 million on-course shots during 3.8 million rounds, the Arccos Caddie app uses algorithms to provide the “Arccos Caddie Number” based on real-time computations of these elements.
Not only that, the Arccos Caddie Number also includes club recommendations based on historical performance data – and real-time conditions – once unlocked after playing five rounds.
Adds Syed: “When the Arccos Caddie Rangefinder is combined with our Precision Pin-Positioning feature to dial in the flagstick location, it provides golfers with the most precise yardage in the game – the Arccos Caddie Number.”
Pro Tip: Setting the location of the flag will provide you the exact distance to that location. This can be done by selecting the “Get Distance to Flag” button on the bottom of the Rangefinder Screen.
2. Master the Basics
First, let’s start with the “In-Play” screen, which depicts the satellite image of the hole the Arccos player is on. There’s a great deal of information on this screen to guide your strategy, most of it integrated with the Rangefinder.
Next, let’s locate the Rangefinder – it’s near the top right corner across from the wind speed, direction and slope on the left side. It’s subtle – a small black rectangle with the GPS yardage and direction arrow to the hole.
Tap on it, however, and the Rangefinder reveals its depth across three columns and rows.
The left column displays the raw GPS distances (in white), not adjusted for environmental factors. The green numbers in the center column are the GPS distances accounting for wind speed, direction, temperature, humidity and altitude. Wind gusts that might affect the shot are displayed in the right column.
Near the bottom of the Rangefinder screen is the “Get Distance to Flag” button, which when tapped, allows you to set the location of the flag. This provides the raw GPS distance (white), Arccos Caddie Number (green with logo) and wind gust adjusted yardages (green with gust icon) to that location.
And just below that, the Rangefinder shows clubs with the average distance the Arccos player hits each of them. Arccos Caddie also highlights the club it recommends based on the real-time conditions.
Pro Tip: Toggle on the setting “Auto Distances To Green”. This will allow you view distances when the app is reopened after you unlock your phone. You can find this setting by navigating to the “Player” tab, selecting the “Setting” Gear in the top right corner, then scrolling down to find “Auto Distances To Green”.
3. Dial in the Details
Let’s say there’s a big disparity between the raw GPS distance and the Arccos Caddie Rangefinder adjusted distance and you want more detail on what’s generating the difference.
Simply tap on the “See All Adjustments” button in the top right corner of the Rangefinder feature, or the distances on the left hand side of the hole view, and the app lists a breakdown for wind, slope, temperature, humidity and altitude.
This level of data creates a true “Aha” moment for Arccos players as they visualize the influence these elements have on yardage. It also eliminates guesswork and phrases like “it’s about a two-club wind.” If a head wind of 17 mph adds 79 yards to a shot, Arccos players will know exactly how to club-up.
Pro Tip: The Rangefinder also integrates with the Preview Caddie, making it easy for Arccos players to create a strategy for their upcoming round. The Preview Caddie is unlocked after five rounds and can used on any of the 40,000-plus courses in the Arccos database.