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Ping President John K. Solheim has announced that, in collaboration with Across Golf, the company will now offer Smart Grip and Smart Sensor technology on all Ping golf clubs through the company’s custom-order process.

Golf Pride will be Ping’s exclusive supplier of the Arccos Smart Grip, which through an embedded sensor, allows golfers to automatically record and analyze each shot taken during a round of golf when paired with the Arccos Caddie app.

Speaking on the collaboration, Solheim stated

“With our long-time focus on data collection and the ability to improve product performance and custom-fitting techniques through expert analysis of a golfer’s tendencies on the golf course, it’s a tremendous opportunity for us to join with Arccos to help bring more visibility to the benefits of playing ‘smart’ golf.

“They’ve pioneered the game-tracking category and are recognized as the clear leader when it comes to providing on-course ‘caddie advice’, performance tracking and post-round analysis. Now golfers can realize the benefits of the Arccos technology on PING clubs through our custom-order program, which offers both the Smart Grip and Smart Sensor technologies.”

Of those benefits, Solheim elaborated that data which the app possesses will provide players with exact yardage numbers and club recommendations which he believes will lead to lower scoring and thus bring greater enjoyment to those who play the game.

“We’re very focused on helping golfers improve performance with every club in their bag. By equipping all their clubs with an Arccos Smart Grip or Smart Sensor, golfers can access valuable information relating to their performance before, during and after a round that will lead to lower scores and more enjoyment on the golf course.

In addition to providing exact distances from any point on the golf course plus club recommendations, the app collects thousands of data points that can be analyzed to uncover opportunities for further improvement through set makeup or other equipment refinements.”

The collaboration between Ping and Arccos includes a 90-day free trial of the Arccos Caddie app. The Ping version of the app can only be accessed if players have their entire set, including putter, equipped with Smart Grips, Smart Sensors or a combination of both. When the 90-day trial period expires, a one-year subscription can be purchased through Arccos for $99.99.

On the agreement between the two companies, Sal Syed, Arccos CEO and Co-Founder said

“We are honored to join forces with PING in furthering the promise of data for the everyday golfer. Our teams have a shared vision about the importance of on-course data, which through ShotLink® has already made a massive impact on the PGA Tour. The benefits of this data span the golf equipment spectrum: from smarter club selection decisions in play, to a more intelligent custom-fitting experience by augmenting the data captured in a hitting bay.”

Here is a rundown of the Arccos product options:

Smart Grip: Exclusively in the Golf Pride 360 Tour Velvet white (Std.) and aqua sizes (-1/64″) installed on custom orders for Ping metal woods, irons and wedges. MRSP $10.50 each.

Smart Sensor: Screws into the top of most grips and is used on all full-swing clubs. MSRP $10.50 each.

Smart Sensor Putter: Designed specifically for PING putters and can be installed on adjustable or fixed-length steel shafts. MSRP $10.50 each

 

 

 

 

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Myron Miller

    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Unit worthless with Nickel putter attachment to putter. Can’t use on any putter so equipped.

    I assume that I will still be able to get ping clubs without these tools. Had an arcos item on one of my clubs and it was reading swing speeds from 60mph to 125 MPH and everything in between with no relationship to actual shot so I am most assuredly not an Arccos fan.

    If you keep the clubs 5 years that means an extra $500 cost for the clubs . I’ve had my Miura’s for 10 years (or an extra 1 grand just for data recording). Is it really worth this extra cost.

  2. HDTVMAN

    Apr 24, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Your smartphone must have an accelerometer & gyroscope. I had a Cobra F7 driver with Arccos, but my Android phone, one of the latest and greatest with the newest OS, did not work. Not all Androids have both an accelerometer and gyroscope. Check before you buy.

  3. Mike

    Apr 23, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Another subscription based model that will fail. I have the originals still.

  4. DHP

    Apr 23, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    Arccos has effectively started double charging now. If you’re an existing Arccos user with a set of the sensors purchased at 249.99 MSRP, you can still use them as is and Arccos Caddie is included in that price. However, if you buy a club with these grips and then pair it, you will then be charged 99.99 per year. Makes zero sense to me and the guy responding to this on their Facebook page has confirmed this is the case.

  5. dj

    Apr 23, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    a one-year subscription can be purchased through Arccos for $99.99.

    WOW…

  6. Terence

    Apr 23, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Is it Arccos or Across? Just curious.

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If there is one thing we love as golf gear junkies, it’s driver (and fairway wood) shafts!

From the early years to today’s modern designs, materials, and profiles, there are some shafts that have maintained steady popularity—like a Ping Eye 2 lob wedge. There are a lot of graphite shafts that have stood the test of time, and they bring back memories of great driver combos gone by.

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Fujikura 757 Speeder

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Launched more than two decades ago, you could arguably say it’s the shaft that started the shaft craze. Built from advanced materials in a profile that was designed to work for stabilizing larger driver heads of the time—you know when 300cc was HUGE. The Speeder 757 was an instant hit among PGA Tour players, most notably Fred Couples, who used the shaft for over a decade and was said to have at one point remove all the remaining stock from one of the equipment vans for his personal use.

Aldila NV

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One of the very first “low-spin monsters,” the Aldila NV took the PGA Tour and retail by storm when it was introduced. The unique green paint made it easily recognizable, and thanks to the many weights it was offered in, it was just as popular in fairway woods as it was in drivers. Honorable mention goes to its cousin the NVS (orange version) that was softer in profile and easier to launch. At a time when most off the rack drivers had three shaft options (low, medium, and high flight-promoting shafts), the NV was the staple as the low-launch option in many OEM offerings.

Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board

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Originally very hard to find, the Diamana Blue Board was a shaft that fit a large variety of golfers. Its name was derived from the blue oval that surrounded the “Diamana” on the all silver/ion painted shaft. Just like others on the list, the Blue Board came in a variety of weight options and was made particularly popular by Tiger Woods. Best known by most shaft junkies as being extremely smooth, it is one of the first sought after shafts in the aftermarket.

True Temper EI-70

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It’s hard to picture a classic 900 series Titleist Driver without an EI-70 shaft in it. The EI-70 was lower torque—when that was a big talking point in shaft design—and it had a fairly stout profile, which in turn made it very stable. Unlike others on the list, it was much more subdued as far as its paint and graphics, but the green shaft was a mainstay for many years on tour and in the bags or recreational golfers.

Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6/7

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It’s hard to figure out if it was the design and performance of the shaft or the performance of a certain golfer (a certain Mr. Woods) that to this day makes the Tour AD DI-7 so popular. Painted BRIGHT orange with a bend profile that offered a lot of stability and playability for a variety of player types, it can still be spotted on tour every week. You could call the DI-7 the grandchild of the YS6/7, which should also get an honorable mention for its well documented smooth feel.

UST ProForce

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The aptly nicknamed “Lakers Shaft” because of its original gold and purple paint job, this was another shaft that was just as popular at the retail level as it was on the PGA Tour. As driver head sizes were going up (400cc ), players were looking for stability and this offered it. The most notable player to use it was Jim Furyk, who won the 2003 U.S. Open with one in the bag.

Grafalloy Blue

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Henrik Stenson and the Grafalloy Blue in his 3-wood. Name a more iconic duo…(I’ll wait). An updated and stiffer version of the Prolite, the Blue stood out for a couple reasons—its color, and its extremely low torque. Most golfers wouldn’t consider the Blue a very smooth feeling shaft, because it took a lot of speed and a quick tempo to maximize its performance, but it did birth another shaft for average player: the Prolaunch Blue, which is still available to this day.

Matrix Ozik TP7HD

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True Temper Bi-Matrix

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Bi (two) matrix (a surrounding medium or structure). The first and only truly notable shaft to be made from putting two very different and distinct pieces together. The bottom portion of the shaft utilizes a steel tip section that serves to add stability and additional weight. This shaft is quirky, which is something that could also be said about Bubba Watson, who has used this shaft for over a decade now in MANY different Ping drivers (although Tiger did give it a go for a short period).

Accra SE-80

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This shaft might seem like the underdog of the bunch, but if you talk to any longtime club builder and get into “vintage” aftermarket shafts, undoubtedly the Accra SE-80 is going to come up at some point. Originally launched in 2006, the SE-80 combined a very low torque rating with an active tip section to help increase launch—yet feel extremely stable. Even though this shaft design is officially a teenager now, you can still find it in the bag of PGA Tour winner Ryan Palmer, who uses it in a TaylorMade R15 5-wood.

 

Editor’s Note: Let us know any shafts you think should be included in the comment section, WRXers!

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