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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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GolfWRX Spotlight: Crossrope weighted jump rope & app

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An 18-hole round of golf averages out to just under five miles of walking, which on its own is a good workout. Once you throw in some potential uphill trekking you get some serious cardio too, but if you all looking for a quick workout between rounds of golf look no further than Crossrope.

Crossrope – The details

Crossrope is a system of the weighted jump rope that allows you to quickly switch the weight of the ropes you are using to boost your workout—they range from 1/4 lbs all the way up to 2 lbs depending on the kit you start out with. There is an accompanying app that helps you go through multiple workout routines and is available free, or you can upgrade to the entire library of workout routines along with more workout tracking options.

This is NOT your middle school jump rope

The handles are heavy duty and feature precision bearings to allow the rope to move smoothly around as you go through a routine. They are also ergonomic and fit into your hand naturally, which making gripping easy, something that is really nice when you’re swinging a 2 lbs coated steel cable around. The handles also come with a fast clip system to make changing cables depending on your selected workout easier too.

The ropes themselves are made from braided steel and are almost impossible to tangle, allowing them to be easily transported and stored when not in use. All in you are getting a premium piece of workout equipment that is effective and easy to store—hard to same the same thing about a treadmill.

When it comes to a workout, skipping rope is one of the most effective cardio workouts you can do, and with Crossrope, you can get both cardio and low impact weight training when using the heaviest ropes, and follow along with the guided workouts.

As someone that hadn’t used a jump rope in over a decade, starting out lighter was a nice way to ease in before moving up, and I was pleasantly surprised how easy and fun some of the workouts in the app were. If you are looking for a fun way to add something to your workouts, or you just want to try something new to get you into golf course walking shape, this could be right up your alley. To learn more check out crossrope.com

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WRX Spotlight: Athalonz EnVe—The best golf shoes you’ve never heard of

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One of the coolest parts of being in this part of the golfing world is being able to shed light on smaller companies that typically get overshadowed by their bigger corporate brothers.

So, this post is about one of those products that is definitely competitive against top golf shoe companies, and it’s made by a company called Athalonz, which is based out west in Arizona. Typically known for its innovative baseball cleats and insole packages, Athlonz newest addition takes the patented design to the world of golf with the EnVe golf shoe.

These have started appearing on the world long drive circuit due to the amount of traction they get, allowing players to swing harder. So for the last few months, I have gotten to wear them and see if they are as good as the company claims.

Athalonz EnVe: Living up to claims

The main selling points of these shoes are focused on two things

  1. Design that delivers more power and stability
  2. Custom comfort that lasts all day

These are somewhat difficult to combine into one shoe, and though they are on the heavier side, Athlonz are completely worth it for the benefits. It is obvious that they made strides to hit each box on the list for a great shoe. The patented design has been adapted from their baseball cleat and introduces a spikeless golf shoe with a circular design that allows the player to gain traction through the golf swing. This gives a player the chance to swing harder and faster without losing their footing. They also offer insole packages that help with correct bodyweight placement to help add an extra layer of consistency.

Secondly, it’s very noticeable that there was plenty of thought given to comfort with a roomy toe and custom insoles to fit your style. Additionally, ankle padding helps to provide more stability and comfort.

On another note, they have a good sense of style with a more classic, casual take. In addition to the pictured white/brown color, there’s a black/grey colorway as well.

After multiple months of wear in all types of conditions, these shoes have performed great for me with all the traction I need and while feeling great throughout the round.

Verdict

I am a person who tends to support smaller companies when I can if they make good products. Any support for them goes a long way—especially in the golf business. Since these shoes will set you back about $150, I wanted to be sure they are worth it for the money and they absolutely are. Seriously, for anyone looking to boost their shoe game and help alleviate aching feet and ankles, give these a shot.

 

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Nikon Coolshot 20 GII and 20i GII

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Every golfer should have an accurate, reliable, easy-to-use rangefinder. With the new Nikon Coolshot 20 GII and 20i GII, you get all of that and more in one of the smallest, lightest packages on the market.

Not only do you get a ton of features, but when you consider these devices start at only $199.99 for the 20 G II and then $229.99 for the 20i GII ( slope adjusted version ), you get one of the best values in a rangefinder from one of the most well-known consumer optics companies in the world.

Review: Nikon CoolShot 20 GII and 20i GII

First Target Priority and 8-Second Continuous Measurement: “First Target Priority” is Nikon’s way of making sure you are picking up the flag and not a tree behind your intended target. There is nothing worse than thinking you have your distance dialed in to then have a shot fly over the green. With how quickly it lets you know the ranger finder is locked, getting that distance and double-checking can happen remarkably fast.

In the eight-second continuous measurement setting, the rangefinder will continuously measure the field of view as you scan the target area for approximately eight seconds. This setting is great when playing unfamiliar courses or trying to figure out the exact spot to a dogleg, tree, or hazard on your intended line.

Bright, 6x Monocular: Nikon is known for its glass and multi-coating technology, from telephoto camera lenses to rifle scopes, if it’s Nikon glass, it’s going to be clear, fog-resistant, and high-contrast for easy viewing. From a viewing experience perspective, the Coolshot 20 GII’s 6x monocular has an adjustable diopter for sharp focusing, along with long eye relief—meaning you can keep your glasses (or sunglasses) on when acquiring your target.

Slope-Adjusting ID Technology: With the 20i GII you have the option to get the slope-adjusted distance for any shot thanks to Nikon’s ID Technology. The mode can be turned on and off by the user to comply with USGA rules to make it legal for tournament rounds. Having tested it out on hilly terrain it’s easy to see why so many golfers mis-club going into greens when elevation changes become a lot more dramatic.

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The Nikon Coolshot 20 GII’s size and weight make it ideal for anyone who regularly carries and wants the benefit of knowing distances but without having to worry about weight—it weighs about the same as a sleeve of balls.

The size allows you to hold the units stable. However, I could see for those new to the rangefinder space, it could take some time getting used to when first getting acquainted with it. The best bet for this is to take it to a range or just step outside with it on your next walk and get used to hitting targets before you take it to the course—plus it makes for a fun game to see how good you really are at estimating distances.

Overall, for the price and size, it is one of the best rangefinders on the market. Plus, with a five-year warranty, you can be assured of years of use with the Nikon CoolShot 20 GII rangefinders.

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