What Is the Difference in the Dots on Ping Irons?

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What Is the Difference in the Dots on Ping Irons?
The Ping dot system helps assure your club is positioned correctly at address. (Golf Legs image by Vanessa van Rensburg from Fotolia.com)

The Ping Dot System helps make sure the clubs you are using are correctly angled from the club head to your hands In golf, this is commonly called the lie of the club.

If you are using clubs that are too steeply angled, the bottom front portion of the club will come in contact with the ground before the rest of the club. If the angle is too shallow, the bottom rear of the club will make contact first.

To consistently make good contact with the golf ball, the bottom of the club should be flat at impact, drastically improving your chances of hitting the ball well.

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Clubs That Fit

Ping has a colour-coded system to help make sure each golfer has a club that fits their swing. For many years, and still today, golfers buy clubs that do not fit their individual swings. The golfer is trying to fit their swing to a set of clubs that are not a good fit for their swing or body type.

Maroon to Gold

The colour-coded system developed by Ping goes from maroon to gold. Each colour represents a different lie of the club. By custom fitting the club to the golfer, Ping helps each player make better contact with the golf ball.

Instead of trying to fit the golfer's swing to the club, the club is fitted to the swing. It makes a drastic difference in consistency of contact.

Upright Clubs

Maroon dot clubs from Ping are 4.5 degrees upright, silver is 3.75 degrees upright, white is 3.0 degrees upright, green is 2.25 degrees upright, yellow is 1.5 degrees upright, blue is 0.75 degrees upright and black is a normal lie of the club.

Flatter Than Standard Clubs

Red dot clubs are 0.75 degrees flatter than a normal angle of the club head and shaft, purple is 1.5 degrees flat, orange is 2.25 degrees flat, brown is -16.1 degrees Clat, and gold is -15.7 degrees Clat.

Getting Measured for the Correct Dot

The Ping fitting system is unique. Though they offer a do-it-yourself version online, working with a trained golf professional makes sense when buying Ping Clubs since you will be investing in excess of £650 as of April 2010.

The assistance of the golf professional will not add a single dollar to the purchase and he might even give you a small discount on your purchase. Your distance from the tips of your fingers to the ground will be measured and you will be asked to hit some golf balls with your regular clubs.

The golf pro will attach a special tape to the bottom of your clubs and it will show where your club is making contact with the ground when you swing. Using the measurements and the "contact" tape will tell the professional which club is right for you.

Using a club made for your swing will make a very positive difference in your golf game. If you are an avid golfer, the investment in custom-fitted Ping clubs is well worth the money.

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