Ping, renowned for their putter innovation, has launched the iPing putter app – a free, wireless, go-anywhere putting improvement tool that identifies a player’s stroke type, analyses their impact angle, and measures their tempo.
After a series of putts, the iPing app records the golfer’s consistency in each area and establishes a ‘Putting Handicap’ that gets lower as the player improves their consistency, the key to holing more putts.
The iPing app is free to download from the iTunes App Store for the iPhone4 and the smaller iPod touch. The iPing app works in conjunction with a Ping cradle (£25 RRP), which holds the mobile device and clips onto the putter shaft just below the grip. Separate cradles are available for either the iPhone 4 or iPod touch (4th gen) due to the different sizes of the devices.
The iPing app will be available on iTunes from June 20th. Ping cradles will be available through authorised Ping retailers from early July.
The iPhone 4 and iPod touch (4th gen) are the only mobile devices that contain both accelerometers and gyroscopes – the key technology features that allow iPing to measure and record data. The accelerometers measure linear acceleration, while the gyroscopes detect rotational speed.
“Innovation takes many forms,” said John A. Solheim, Ping chairman & CEO. “My father, Karsten Solheim, started Ping with a single putter design. The engineering principles of that design and subsequent models ignited a revolution in golf club design and putter fitting.
“The Anser putter, which he designed in 1966, still dominates the tours today more than 45 years later. The iPing app continues in our long tradition of innovation by allowing golfers to analyse their putting strokes more closely than ever.
“It works like a launch monitor for putters by measuring key aspects of your stroke. It will help every level of golfer see better results by adding more consistency on the putting green. Besides that, it’s a lot of fun to use and has several other features.”
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.
Users can also share and compare their results through social media, Solheim said. “The social aspect and the ability to form a community around it is another exciting feature of iPing,” he said. “Golfers can share their results by emailing friends and posting sessions on Facebook or Twitter.
“We expect golfers to fully embrace these features as they develop fun and friendly competitions using iPing and their mobile devices.”
Originally published on bunkered on June 27, 2011.