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This Is How 35 Billion Data Points Can Bring Your Handicap Down...
Big data and Artificial Intelligence are no longer scary words to golfers. Whether it's through TV coverage, more accessible tech or a more tech savvy population, it seems as though data and analytics have been warmly accepting into golf's community. That acceptance is best seen through the work of Arccos Golf, which has just surged through the 35 billion on-course data point mark.
These 35 billion data points include 500 million golf shots recorded during nine million rounds from 44,000 courses across 163 countries. It's the industry's richest data set and with it Arccos has been able to share some insight into how data-led golf has helped its members.
Arccos Caddie automatically tracks shots while delivering in-round insights and post-round Strokes Gained Analytics. The system includes the world’s first A.I.-powered rangefinder, smart club distances and caddie advice for every golf hole on earth. Golfers have been using this data to play smarter golf with much more awareness of the strengths and weaknesses in their game.
There are some seriously impressive stats when it comes to how well Arccos members have improved since using the technology. Using the data collected by their Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors new Arccos members who played at least 10 round lowered their handicaps by an average of 5.78 strokes and were five times more likely to record a hole-in-one than non-members.
Notably, this increase was seen across all skill level and not just high handicappers suddenly dropping down. The most interesting stat arguably comes in the 0-5 handicap range, where improvements in handicap were 2.14 shots after 10 rounds and 2.65 shots after 20.
Arccos also saw its members spend 478 million minutes (8 million hours) logged into the app and 332,000 days using Arccos’ personalised Strokes Gained Analytics to assess their rounds and chart their path to improvement. Arccos will now be able to use these 35 billion data points to improve its A.I data even more and help even more golfers quickly and effectively drop their handicap.
Dan is a Staff Writer and has been with the Golf Monthly team since early 2021. Dan graduated with a Masters in International Journalism from the University of Sussex and primarily looks after equipment reviews and buyer's guides on the website. Dan was a custom fit specialist at American Golf for two years and has brought his expertise in golf equipment to a huge range of buyer's guides and reviews on the website. A left handed golfer, his handicap index is currently 9.8 and he plays at Fulford Heath Golf Club in the West Midlands. His golfing highlight is shooting 76 at Essendon Golf Club on his first ever round with his Golf Monthly colleagues. Dan also runs his own cricket podcast and website in his spare time.
Dan is currently playing:
Driver: Ping G425 Max
Fairway: Ping G425 Max
Hybrid: TaylorMade Rocketballz
Irons: Ping i59 (4-PW)
Wedges: Ping Glide Forged Pro
Putter: Wilson Staff Infinite Buckingham
Ball: TaylorMade TP5 Pix
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