New iPING Putter App

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Improve Your Putting with the iPING Putter App & Accessories

The PING Cradle, when used with the FREE iPING Putter App, turns your iPhone 4 or iPod touch into a personal putting coach. Developed by PING's engineers for all skill levels, the iPING Putter App calculates and tracks your Putting Handicap (PHcp) to help improve your putting. All you need is the PING Cradle and an iPhone 4 or iPod touch (4th Gen) – the App is FREE. The cradle body is made with polycarbonate and polypropylene material. A protective polyurethane suede pad inside the cradle secures the iPhone 4 or iPod touch to prevent the devices from sliding during use. It is wireless, so you can use it anywhere. Practice and improve at your favorite golf course, at home or on the road. Every session provides immediate results – leading to more consistency in your stroke.

     

  
 

 

How it works:

The iPING app is a free download from the iTunes® App Store™. The iPING app works in conjunction with the PING cradle, which holds the mobile device and clips onto the putter shaft just below the grip. The iPING app analyzes and displays a golfer's consistency onscreen using three criteria:

STROKE TYPE

Stroke type is the classification of a player's closing angle, the amount of rotation of the putter face during the forward stroke

PING's research found that golfers can be categorized as one of three stroke types: Straight, Slight Arc, or Strong Arc, measured in degrees of face rotation. (Straight has very little or no rotation; Strong Arc has the most)

The research shows that players tend to be most consistent with a balance of putter that matches their stroke type

Face-balanced putters work best for Straight strokes while toe-down putters are most effective for a Strong Arc

IMPACT ANGLE

Impact angle is the putter's face angle at impact, relative to address, measured in degrees

PING's data shows that even the best players in the world do not necessarily have a 0 impact angle average, but all are highly consistent

TEMPO

Tempo is a measure of the duration of the backswing relative to the forward swing and is expressed in a ratio: 2 to 1, for example

The average tempo will vary among players, but the best putters have extremely high consistency in tempo

 

There are three different modes a player can use:


MEASURE MODE

In Measure mode, the golfer hits five putts and their stroke type, impact angle and tempo are displayed for every putt in that session and stored

The iPING app calculates a consistency score, and then averages the scores over time to build a Putting Handicap (PHcp)

As the player improves their consistency, they'll watch their PHcp come down

PRACTICE MODE

In Practice mode, the user can isolate one aspect of their putting that's lacking in consistency – tempo, for example – for extra attention. Stroke type, impact angle, and tempo are displayed for individual putts

COMPARE MODE

In Compare mode the player can compare their results with previous sessions or with those of their friends

They can even do side-by-side comparisons with several PING tour pros, whose results are pre-loaded into the iPING app

 

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