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 (PHcp), which gets lower as the player improves their consistency, the key to holing more putts. The iPING app works in conjunction with a PING cradle, which holds the mobile device and clips onto the putter shaft just below the grip.
The iPING app analyses and displays a golfer’s consistency onscreen using three criteria: Stroke Type, Impact Angle and Tempo. Stroke type is the classification of a player's closing angle, the amount of rotation of the putter face during the forward stroke. Impact angle is the putter's face angle at impact, relative to address, measured in degrees. Finally, Tempo is a measure of the duration of the backswing relative to the forward swing and is expressed in a ratio: 2 to 1, for example.
In Measure mode, the golfer hits five putts and their stroke type, impact angle and tempo are displayed for every putt in that session and stored. The iPING app calculates a consistency score, and then averages the scores over time to build a Putting Handicap (PHcp). As the player improves their consistency, they’ll watch their PHcp come down.
In Practice mode, the user can isolate one aspect of their putting that’s lacking in consistency – tempo, for example – for extra attention. Stroke type, impact angle, and tempo are displayed for individual putts.
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.
Available on iPhone and iTouch