Ping’s new App for the Apple iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod is changing the way modern golfers choose and use their putters. The aim is to find the putter that will seal the deal and make you swagger down to the clubhouse rather than sulk at yet another abysmal handicap.
The iPING App uses the accelerometers and gyroscopes found in Apple’s devices to measure your putting stroke’s path, your tempo and the face angle of your putter at impact. The App works in conjunction with a specially designed PING cradle (sold separately) that clips an iPhone or iPod onto your putter shaft. Once your device is attached, iPING measures how much your putter rotates during the forward portion of your stroke, and then categorises your swing into one of three types: Straight, Slight Arc or Strong Arc.
Once you find the ideal putter, iPING can be set to one of three modes: Measure, Practice or Compare, to help you improve. In Measure mode, the software captures your putter-head rotation, face angle at impact, and tempo, then stores it and gives you a putting handicap based on the consistency of your stroke.
In Practice mode, only one of the three stats is measured so you can concentrate on improving that part of your putting. Compare mode lets you see how your stats match up against your friends or Ping staff players.
You can also share your results on Facebook and Twitter. Check out the Apple App Store Facebook Page.