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Ping Putting Cradle for iPhone 4

 

 
 
 
 

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Ping Putting Cradle for iPhone 4

The Ping Putting Cradle for iPhone 4 holds an iPhone 4 and clips onto the putter shaft just below the grip to work in conjunction with the iPING app. The iPING app is a free download from the iTunes App Store. 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 iPhone 4 and iPod touch (4th gen) are the only mobile devices that contain both accelerometers and gyroscopes – the key technology features that allow iPING to measure and record data. The accelerometers measure linear acceleration, while the gyroscopes detect rotational speed.

The iPing app analyzes 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. Ping’s research found that golfers can be categorized as one of three stroke types: Straight, Slight Arc, or Strong Arc, measured in degrees of face rotation. (Straight has very little or no rotation; Strong Arc has the most.) The research shows that players tend to be most consistent with a balance of putter that matches their stroke type. Face-balanced putters work best for Straight strokes while toe-down putters are most effective for a Strong Arc.

Impact Angle is the putter's face angle at impact, relative to address, measured in degrees. Ping’s data shows that even the best players in the world do not necessarily have a 0 impact angle average, but all are highly consistent.

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. The average tempo will vary among players, but the best putters have extremely high consistency in tempo.

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. Users can also share and compare their results through social media, Solheim said. “The social aspect and the ability to form a community around it is another exciting feature of iPing,” he said. “Golfers can share their results by emailing friends and posting sessions on Facebook or Twitter. We expect golfers to fully embrace these features as they develop fun and friendly competitions using iPing and their mobile devices.”

The iPING App now includes the iPING Skins Game that allows users to test the consistency of their putting stroke against friends. iPING Skins Game utilizes Game Center’s turn-based technology and alerts users to their next turn via the new Notification Center in iOS 5. The update is available now for current users, and new users can download the iPING App from the App Store on iPhone or iPod touch.


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Rated 4 out of 5 by 4 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great product if you know how to use it This is a fantastic product if you know how to use it and practice with it. It gives you a lot of detailed information about your stroke, and the putter recommendation is really slick since you can tell if you need your lie adjusted or not on your current putter. It gives you a lot of technical numbers and statistics, and if you're not able to analyze the data and make adjustments to your stroke then you won't get much use out of it but if you know what the numbers mean and can practice to improve and make a more consistent stroke you'll love it. That being said it's rather expensive for essentially just a iPhone cradle, and since the app is free, there might be away to attach your phone to your putter without this product so you're still able to use the app. January 3, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Over priced I would give the app 5 stars but $30 for this little piece of plastic is crazy. The app is definitely worth trying though. It really gives you good infromation about your putting stroke. August 22, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Cradle has fit issues I had invisishield on my Iphone but not anymore! The cradle is a very tight fit and it destroyed my protective cover. I had to use a screwdriver to get the phone out of the cradle. I t works fine now but I no longer have a protective cover on my phone. The cradle could have a slightly looser fit or be made out of a pliable material. July 22, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by MAYBE THE BEST GOLF PRODUCT I HAVE EVER PURCHASED The iPing has already changed my life in 1 day. I have been struggling with my putting lately and I didn't know what I was doing wrong. I bought the iPing and it showed me that my arc was extremely incosistent and my putter head was swinging much more than I would like. After about an hour of work with iPing I was draining everything. Great product. You are going to be seeing lots of these on putting greens pretty soon. June 20, 2011
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