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The PING Fitting Centre at Gainsborough - PING i25 Irons

May 4th, 2015

Golf club fitting is something that PING has always done and still does amazingly well, they are clearly amongst the leaders when it comes to the fitting process, so I was very lucky to get the chance to head up to their fitting centre in Gainsborough to be fitted for some of the new PING i25 irons.

PING stress the huge importance of the fitting process, they always suggest before buying any of their products you should get fitted for them. It is clear how seriously they take it when you look at some of their own innovations such as the coloured spot system for lofts and lies, an obvious indication huge amounts of time and thought have been put into the entire process by PING.

Why would you not trust PING to fit you when they clearly care greatly about the fitting process and how it benefits you?

I can't understand people who refuse to get fitted for their golf clubs, when you think about the fitting process it involves choice of club heads, lofts, lies, shaft length, flex, and grips, with each of these having multiple options it puts the possible combinations of the fitting process into the millions. Do you really think it is a good idea to wander into any old golf shop and take the first thing you see off the shelf?

PING know how to take you through this process, they have been doing it for years and have a clear methodology which works.

The PING European headquarters along with their National fitting centre are based at Gainsborough. The centre is state of the art and attracts over 4000 golfers a year who want the best fitting around. Three top quality bays boast Trackman technology which use PING's Nflight software to get a perfect analysis of your ball flight and distance. It also has every PING clubs in stock you could hope for.

What you will notice when arrive at your fitting at PING the first thing you do is not to hit any balls, but to have an interview about your game, your tendencies, what you are looking for in terms of clubs, and what you are looking to achieve from the fitting process.

You can book in for either a 60 minute Driver or Irons fitting, or why not both for 90 minutes if you have not been for a fitting before. A highly experienced PING fitting technician will take you through the entire process to you know you are in good hands.

After this as it was an irons fitting I needed my measurements taken, my height, and wrist-to-floor measurement to help calculate my static iron color code (lie angle) and shaft length, then my hand dimensions were used to calculate my static grip colour code, or grip size. For a drivers, fairways and hybrids fitting, you will discuss the general performance characteristics you are looking for.

The PING Colour spot system for loft and lie

After getting the correct measurements I moved on to the dynamic swing testing. This involves hitting balls from an impact board with special tape on the soul of the club. Each swing leaves a mark on the tape and this helps you understand how your set-up, posture, and swing effect your impact position and therefore ball flight and distance. Using this information you can make any final adjustments to arrive at your colour code.

After you have these numbers it was a process of hitting balls using the Trackman and experimenting with different shafts to try and find my optimal ball flight and distance. Each time I switched the PING technician would call me over and explain how each change was effecting my swing and why I was getting the hopefully improved results.

Using the Trackman with PING NFlight software

After 45 minutes we were able to work out my ideal specifications, and I was hitting irons further and more accurately than I had done probably ever. My irons were set at 1 inch long in the shaft and a silver lie code with a golf code grip, and Dynamic Gold s300 shafts.

I was hitting the ball 15 yards on average further with the new PING irons, and thanks to the fact they were suited perfectly to me. Without a PING fitting process I would not have been able to get these results, you come away with the exact club specifications that fit your individual swing to deliver the results you're looking for.

The PING i25 Irons

The PING i25 Irons

These are the best irons I have ever hit. They are extremely forgiving but also very workable. It is sometimes not just the best shots with them that you notice such a difference but the worst, even if you don't get it right out the middle of the club you are still there or there abouts, this is probably where it is most important for most amateurs to improve.

Engineered for a variety of players with technology that provides distance, versatility and forgiveness, i25 irons inspire confident shot making. They offer a progressive set design where each iron has a specific function with regard to the center of gravity, the bounce and the offset. A machined face and grooves deliver consistency in the 17-4 stainless steel head. The foggy chrome finish and clean cavity design create visual appeal.

Engineered for a variety of skill levels, this progressive set design gives each iron a specific function with regard to CG, bounce and offset. Highly forgiving long irons and controlled short irons will bring confidence to your shot making.

If you have never had a fitting or have not have one in a while then I suggest you give the fantastic PING fitting centre at Gainsborough a try. They are the leaders in this field for a reason, it will only improve your golf.

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