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iPing Putting App Review

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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™.

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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. 😀 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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  1. wyposazenie wnetrz

    Dec 27, 2013 at 10:43 pm

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

  2. Dave

    Dec 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

    Dec 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

    Nov 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

    Sep 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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WRX Spotlight: Putting Perfecter

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Putting can be one of the most frustrating parts of the game, it mystifies scratch golfers as much as high handicaps and can make anybody tremble over a three-footers. It’s one of the biggest factors in scoring, especially for the club-level player, but it’s often one of the last things people actually work on. Let’s be honest, it’s a lot of fun to pound drivers on the range, am I right?

But if you are seriously looking for a simple tool to help get you into the proper address position, the Putting Perfecter is a great one to start with.

The beauty of the device is in its simplicity. Fitting under your arms and across your midsection, it “locks” the player into the proper position to create a pendulum putting stroke. After giving it a shot and hitting putts for just a few minutes, then going back to putting without it made me feel like I was much more connected.

Don’t think it’s just for putting though.

Funny story, when I first took it out to work on my putting, I used it for about 30 minutes and then moved onto my chipping. After a few trips around the putting green I tried chipping with the Putting Perfecter in the same position and “WOW” same connected feeling was produced—it was perfect for working on low-flying “runners.” I was excited to tell my friend about it, until I went home and realized they actually advertise it to help with that too. Guess I’m not as clever as I thought…

No matter how you use it, the Putting Perfecter is a simple and effective training tool that can be carried in a bag to be used before or after a round, takes NO time to set up (a big plus), and is light—so you don’t feel like its dragging you down if you actually keep it in your bag. Since it’s a putting tool, you can even use it indoors very easily. If you are someone that struggles with consistent address position on putts or disconnecting when chipping, I believe the Putting Perfecter is a great tool to try.

For more information check out the Putting Perfecter website.

 

 

 

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WRX Spotlight: Uther Supply golf towels

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Product: Uther Supply golf towels

Pitch: Via Uther: “Uther cart towels use the highest quality material and construction which have been tested to perform season after season…Uther’s unique blend of moisturize wicking, soft microfiber is 3x more absorbent than cotton and 5x more durable…Waffle pattern to easily remove even the most stubborn dirt in club grooves and golf ball dimples…Uther is the creator of the fashionable golf towel. Features unique sublimated prints and designs that make a fun accessory for both men and women golf bags.”

Our take on Uther Supply golf towels

Most golfers have a “logo” towel hanging on their bag today. Typically you’ll see the name of a course the golfer has visited, or an OEM name. Uther Supply towels, however, are different. Uther (pronounced “other”) Supply Founder Dan Erdman described his inspiration for this unique line of golf towels in an interview with GolfWRX a few years back:

“When you work in the back shop and storage facility, you handle a lot of golf bags. I just noticed rows and rows of bags that all look the same and I thought it made a lot of sense to inject some personality into it. You know, people go crazy for how all the pros personalize their wedges and their bags. They buy towels and bag tags from courses like TPC Sawgrass and Pebble Beach to personalize their stuff, but in the end it all kind of blends together… I thought we could really add something to the marketplace.”

They have certainly succeeded in creating a new type of towel in the marketplace. We used them over several rounds of golf, in various conditions to put them to the test.

Meant to be shown off, Uther golf towel designs are creative and clever, with some of the most popular being the “Happy Gilmore inspired” Cart Towel and “90s coffee cup” Tour Towel. There of course, are many others to choose from.

Of course, let’s not forget that the primary function of a towel is to clean your golf equipment. That might seem easy but we at WRX have ordered some custom towels from other manufacturers in the past and were disappointed in the performance. Uther’s towels, however, succeed in both form and function. They’re stylish, but they also are an excellent functional towel. You’re like to be impressed at how light they are as well. These aren’t bath towels, but rather high-quality microfiber blends that Uther says are 3x more absorbent than cotton.

As far as cons, if we’re nitpicking, you may need to find a larger carabiner clip for some golf bags if you want to hang your towel in a more prominent place. These are made to show off, after all.

Prices range from $28-$35 USD and are available for purchase at uthersupply.com, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy in the US and Golf Town in Canada.

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Product: Adidas Forgefiber Boa golf shoes

Pitch: From Adidas: “Designed for protection from the elements, these golf shoes have enhanced cushioning to return energy on every swing. The shoes feature a spikeless outsole that flexes with your foot and has strategically placed lugs for outstanding grip and balance. An innovative closure system is built for micro-adjustments so you get the exact fit you need.”

Our take on Adidas Forgefiber Boa golf shoes

Golf shoes are curious creatures existing in a strange place? No? Finally free of the gravitational pull of traditionalism, shoe styles are finally at a place where form follows function. And while you may pine for the days of saddle shoes aesthetically, your feet (and likely your golf swing) surely do not.

While the shoes are also available in gray/white and black/white colorways, we tested the bolder dark marine variant.

Now, “good” footwear, as we are constantly wont to admit, is highly subjective. As of yet, you can’t test two pairs of kicks on a TrackMan and determine which is superior (rumored featured of TrackMan 5). So leaving aside aesthetics and how you like your shoes to fit, we provide the most valuable information, that is, regarding stability, cushioning, and traction. However, in this case, it’s also worth noting the closure system does allow for a more precise fit (and one that stays in place) than lace-up shoes do.

With respect to comfort, first of all, anything Boost is going to be comfortable, and these shoes are no exception. And whether you refer to the “Forgefiber in the upper features heat-pressed, TPU-coated fibers…stitched in” to the upper (as Adidas does), or merely the sensation that the Forgefiber Boas provide a solid foundation during the swing, the truth is the same: sound, stable here.

A look at the Puremotion outsole showcases some serious spikeless technology that also offers performance on par with the very best in spikeless footwear.

A final word: These shoes are no porous sieve, either, as you might be concerned they could be on first glance. Adidas’ Climastorm technology in the exterior yields a respectable level of water-repellency.

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