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PING teams with SkyPro Golf to help custom fitters

PING has teamed up with SkyPro Golf in order to create a new tool for the custom fit market.

SkyPro Golf, the maker of a swing analyser and training aid which snaps onto a players golf club shaft, has joined forces with PING to design a tool called nFlight Motion; a device that helps custom-fitters find the ideal wood and shaft combination for any golfer.

So how does it work? After hitting three shots with a golf driver, fairway wood or hybrid golf club, an App that runs on iOS devices shows the golfer’s average club head speed, transition and impact hand lean. The app will then recommend to the fitter which PING golf club and shaft is best suited to that player’s needs.

"It's kind of like bringing the iPing application to the full swing," said Marty Jertson, PING's director of product development.

The iPing is a fitting tool for golf putters that utilise smart phones which fits a cradle on the putter shaft and then provides information that helps choose a putter.

Speaking on the nFlight, Jertson adds: "We studied how much a player's swing changes and we learned that a person's swing signature doesn't change all that much. That's why we can do the recommendation based on only three swings."

Jertson says the nFlight Motion’s software package creates recommendations by matching the data it gathers from the player’s golf swings with thousands of fittings PING has conducted and analysed.

"Basically, we are packaging all that computer horsepower into three swings," Jertson summarises.