What do the coloured dots on Ping golf clubs mean?

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What do the coloured dots on Ping golf clubs mean?
Ping's colour coding system makes it easier to find clubs that fit you. (Getty creative)

Ping uses a colour-coding system to represent different lie angles offered with their clubs. These coloured dots allow Ping to tailor clubs to individual golfers.

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Lie angles

Lie angles measure the slant between the sole of a club and the shaft.

Importance

All companies build their standard clubs to fit a median height for men and women, but variables in height, arm length, age, and ability can create lie angles unsuitable for golfers. When clubs are too long the toe lifts up, usually resulting in a hook. When clubs are too short the heel elevates, creating a slice.

Origin

Karsten Solheim, Ping's founder, started custom-fitting PGA Tour pros in the 1960s. Now it's the norm on all professional tours.

Colour codes

These twelve coloured dots signify twelve lie angles, each varying by .75 degree.
Maroon = 4.5° upright Silver = 3.75° upright White = 3° upright Green = 2.5° upright Yellow = 1.5° upright Blue = .75° upright Black = standard Red = .75° flat Purple = 1.5° flat Orange = 2.25° flat Brown = 3° flat Gold = 3.75° flat

General rules

Clubs with an upright shift tend to better fit taller players and men. Flat angles generally benefit shorter golfers and women.

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