Golf season is upon us (not to mention Father’s Day approacheth!). The time of year when we go out shopping for our hubs and our dads, only to come back with another box of golf balls.
WHICH, they actually appreciate. Because it’s GOLF, golldarnnit!
Which brings to me to the story of the golf tech that ate my husband.
Last week, it was 24 degrees in Connecticut. The kids and I solved that problem by building a really short blanket fort and laying under it.
Meanwhile, My husband is at work. In Florida.
Yep, that’s what he does for work. He’s a software honcho at Arrcos Golf, which means all of that natural Vitamin D is paid for.
Golf at First Sight
I’m no dummy. I like golf. So in the process of looking for a mate 12 years ago, (before match.com was lame, and ALSO before it was cool), I created what I thought was a pretty smart “What’s your favorite color?”-type question.
To weed out the thousands of men that would flood my inbox.
I am such a weirdo. “Hey guys: would you rather walk a golf course or take a cart?
I guess I thought if my dream man was a walker it probably meant he loved golf, and not just to drink beer outside on a nice day.
I don’t know what I learned, because, well there were only three guys in my inbox: one who drove a cart, one who had to cancel our date because he had an emergency rat extermination to take care of, and Colin.
Turns out, Colin does love golf.
So we dated and walked the links and got married and now, here we are. Me in Connecticut with the kids, and him in Boca Raton with his sticks, wearing shorts and getting sunburnt.
A Golfer, His Gadgets and the Game
When Colin got the chance to work for Sal Syed and Ammad Faisal’s burgeoning start-up, Arccos Golf, a couple of years ago, he couldn’t stop grinning.
The only thing Colin likes as much as golf is to write software.
Seriously. My dude TAUGHT himself how to write apps for the iPhone. On a train. 35 minutes at a time. Commuting back and forth to work.
Now it’s at the stage where Arccos is, like, being used by pros during practice rounds of tournaments. Arccos Golf, my friends, isn’t just a golf-gadget… it’s an uber-golf gadget.
It’s for … golf people! (cue screams)
There are a lot of dumb golf gadgets out there that golfers love to dump money into. (I can still hear the mechanical “click” of my brother’s putting machine from my childhood. Tap. Pause. Thump. Click.)
So what makes Arccos Golf worth the investment for a golfer, and worth the loss of my children’s father to sunny green fairways?
Simple: a ridiculously gorgeous box of 14 Bluetooth enabled sensors. A seamless, runs-in-the-background iPhone app. Together, they create the dream caddy a golfer can finally afford and certainly deserves.
Let me sum up. Screw in the sensors (yes that’s possible!). Turn on the Arccos app on your phone. Let the super-cool app my husband and the Arccos team created** track all sorts of numbers a golfer may not want to know (depending on how angstful a golfer one is). Greens in regulation, number of putts, fairways hit. The length of every single shot!
Do you see what has happened? My sweet cutie has banded together with a ragtag bunch (just like in every movie where things get eaten!) to create golf tech that will also eat your husbands and dads! Argh!
I have been a golf-tech widow for a couple of years. Sure my kids think their Dad’s name is TiVo. But it has been worth it. I’ve got a wonderfully happy hubby who has been crucial in the design of Arccos, one of the most fun and beautiful golf tech products around.
If you have any other questions about Arccos you can ask me, or read more from PGA, Apple, Stephanie Wei, or Billy Horschel. Connect with the team and stay up-to-date on the latest news by following them on Facebook or Twitter. Of course, you can always just email Wyatt.
**Author’s Disclaimer: The whole Arccos team is amazing and very well groomed. Colin did not do all of the work himself.