iPing Putting App Review

by   |   May 6, 2012
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Review by Todd Hibbert and George Campbell

What is it? New iPING putter app targets consistency for improved putting. iPhone mounted on shaftThe iPING app is a free download from the App Store™ for the iPhone® 4 and the smaller iPod touch® (4th gen). The iPING app works in conjunction with a PING cradle ($30 MSRP), which holds the mobile device and clips onto the putter shaft just below the grip. Cradles are available for either the iPhone 4 or iPod touch (4th gen) due to the different sizes of the devices.

“Innovation takes many forms,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “The iPING app allows you to analyze your putting stroke more closely than ever. It works like a launch monitor for putters by measuring key aspects of your stroke to improve your consistency. Besides that, it’s a lot of fun to use and has several other features.”

The iPING app analyzes and displays your consistency onscreen using three criteria: stroke type (determined by how much the putter face rotates during the forward stroke); impact angle (the putter’s face angle at impact, relative to address); and tempo (a measure of the duration of the backswing relative to the forward swing).

The app works by computing consistency over a series of five putts where your stroke type, impact angle and tempo are measured, displayed and stored for every putt in that session. Your consistency scores are averaged over time to build a Putting Handicap (PHcp). As you improve your consistency, you’ll see your PHcp come down.

iPING packagingThe iPING Fit feature matches you with the PING putter models that fit your stroke type. Matching your putter to your stroke type is the key to greater consistency and lower scores. That’s why we’ve classified every current PING model by its face angle and corresponding stroke type, an approach to putter fitting we call Fit for Stroke™.

Editor Review:

The iPING app analyzes and displays your consistency onscreen using three criteria: stroke type (determined by how much the putter face rotates during the forward stroke); impact angle (the putter’s face angle at impact, relative to address); and tempo (a measure of the duration of the backswing relative to the forward swing).
-Measures arc type: slight in-out-out, strong in-out-in, straight-back-straight through.
-Measures face angle at impact.
-Measures tempo using ratio of time (ms) in back swing to time in through swing.
-Set up to allow for imperfect attachment to shaft — just needs to generally be facing up.
-Software filters discriminate to not record non-strokes as strokes.
-Compare your stats to Ping staffers and friends in your network.
-Works with iPhone & iPod Touch (using appropriate attachment cradles).


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Annnnnnd ….. the App is FREE! The only charge will be for the iPod/iPhone cradle — $30.00. I know, it’s crazy ….. I was begging them to charge $20, $15, $10, just 5 bucks, guys! “We’ll” make millions! But that’s not how Ping operates — they’re not always trying to separate their customers from their cash. Here’s a short video where you can hear the little “ping” audio feedback you get on a recorded putt:

The fact that you attach the iPod/iPhone device high on the shaft, close to the swingweight balance point of the putter really masks that you’ve added weight to the putter when measuring your stroke. I’ve found I do not notice it at all.

I have to say, iPing is about the coolest thing since sliced bread. Truly awesome. Putting is my biggest challenge in golf, and I finally have a way to objectively measure what I’m doing right or wrong. I can play around with my stroke & grip trying to emulate a touring pro’s numbers. I can work on a more balanced tempo. And I can carry my new “coach” around with me anywhere. All for the cost of Ping’s attachment cradle. I know Ping’s engineer’s put in loads of time developing & perfecting this app …

And the fact they’re giving it away earns Ping a TON of goodwill with me. Well played, folks, well played.


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Here are the screenshots

Practice program gives you instant statistical feedback


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Measure program records a 5-putt series of 10 foot putts

You can compare your results to friends online. My results screen — let’s compare to a tour professional…


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It cannot be said enough how cool this app is. The presentation by all, and especially Dr. Paul Wood (doctorate in applied mathematics, head of ping’s division of “dreaming stuff up”), was extremely enlightening. It helped dispel some misconceptions that we (i) had about our (my) putting stroke and identify key points that we (i) need to work on and how we can make better use of the tools we already have.

Basically, as Asleep has illustrated, iPing can measure, in great detail, various points of the putting stroke and compare them across five putts to judge a golfer’s consistency. These statistics are tracked so that improvements can be charted over time, and even compared against the results for PING’s tour staffers and even PING’s own Ping Man.

Users can also switch to a training mode where they can work on isolating any combination of points, and not have it count against your running handicap. It is also interesting to see what changes when you float this device between different styles of putters. For me, I noted that my arc grew more pronounced as I switched to a putter that is geared toward a strong arc and lessen as I switched accordingly.

Given PING’s focus on helping golfers putt better, this is a great tool in identifying what putter might be right before purchase. It’s not marketed as a fitting tool (it’s so much more!), but any decent retailer should REALLY look into utilizing this to aid customers with future purchases…even if it’s not PING. :D Minimally it’ll help sell a few sleeves to those who are just window shopping. It’s really that good!

It is easy to snap it to the shaft and doesn’t effect the putting stroke much, if at all. iPod Touch might be a little less intrusive, but only because it’s a bit lighter–really though, the effects are minimal. The ease of use for iPing will make this device accessible to all but the most profoundly lazy of golfers, and the immediate and precise feedback should even help to motivate those slovenly few.


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6 Comments

  1. wyposazenie wnetrz

    December 27, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Very descriptive post, I loved that bit. Will there be
    a part 2?

  2. Dave

    December 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    It doesn’t work very well with IOS 7
    Does not seem to be accurate. Returning the cradle

  3. Josh

    December 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I tried the rubber band trick Nick suggested, just to get a feel for the app. 10 minutes later I bought a cradle off eBay for $15. This app really does help my putting. For me the shaft lean number is most important. I had pretty consistent numbers on short putts, but found I was whipping the club head slightly on long putts. Fixing this has drastically improved my distance control for 20 to 30 footers.

  4. Nick

    November 28, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I’m not saying that you can use a large rubber band to attach the iphone to your putter, and keep it from twisting by setting a small portion of the phone on the flat portion of a pistol grip putter grip. But then again, I’m not saying that you can’t…

  5. courtney

    September 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I went to a local Ft Myers golf store to pick up an iPing cradle for the iPod Touch and found out that the iPod Touch model had been “claimed” (recalled) recently. The guy helping me didn’t know why, but apparently there was something wrong with the Touch version.

    Have you heard anything about this ?

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