As reviewed earlier on PutterZone.com, the iPING app brings high-tech personal putting analysis to the masses. It measures your stroke path, face angle and tempo. Along the way, it can tell you what you’re doing right—or wrong—and help you find a putter that fits your stroke (as such, it’s a perfect companion to PutterZone.com’s putter fitting book Putter Perfection). The app is free and available for the iPhone 4 and latest iPod Touch (however, a separate $30 cradle is required to hold the device). We like the app so much that we named it to our 2011 Holiday Golf Gift Guide.
Now, PING has taken its app to the next level, adding a “Skins Game” feature that allows you to test the consistency of your putting stroke against friends in real time.
To initiate a game, you choose a three, six or nine hole match and invite up to three friends to join (you can also select an auto-match feature to locate playing partners). As with a traditional skins competition, the holes have point values that increase throughout the match, with ties carrying over until someone wins a hole outright. Whoever has the most points at the end wins the match.
A hole consists of five 10-foot putts. From those five putts, the app generates a Consistency Score based on the consistency of your tempo, face angle and stroke path.
In other words, PING has incentivized putting practice by making it both fun and practical, particularly in the cold winter months when indoor practice is required to keep your game sharp.
Better yet, this gaming feature adds a new wrinkle to the important topic of putter fitting, giving golfers a unique opportunity to interact and discuss the fit of their putters with friends.
Simply put, this app belongs in the arsenal of any golfer who wants to improve their fit and performance on the green.