Driver Fitting

Driver Fitting

club fitter adjusting a driver hosel setting


Your fitter is trained in The PING Way to make the complex simple. They will identify the driver model, adjustability settings, and shaft that generate the most optimal blend of big distance and improved accuracy. In this order, we’ll determine initial model, loft, the center of gravity using the movable-weight technology in our newer models, shaft, and grip.

 

Driver models have different launch and spin characteristics, and we will land on the one that delivers your optimal ball flight. We’ll analyze the many variables that have a direct correlation to your ball flight, such as clubhead speed, angle of attack, impact location, ball speed, launch angle, spin rate, curve, maximum height, landing angle, distance and accuracy.



Launch Angle and Spin Rate
Launch Angle and Spin Rate Illustration showing high, low and optimum launch angles and spin rates HIGH SPIN Try less loft, lower-trajectory shaft LOW SPIN Try more loft, higher-trajectory shaft OPTIMUM SPIN OPTIMUM LAUNCH WINDOW LAUNCH ANGLE
Maximizing your distance off the tee is achieved by optimizing launch angle and spin rate.

High launch and low spin is generally known to be a key to unlocking distance, but your most optimal launch conditions could be lower with more spin.  A key factor in optimizing launch conditions, one often overlooked, is angle of attack.  Improved diagnostics and trajectory modeling shed new light on the importance of angle of attack in maximizing driving performance.  By using the Optimal Launch and Spin Chart below a player can determine specific launch conditions to help optimize their driving performance.

Optimal Launch and Spin Chart
Optimal Launch and Spin Chart Driver Ball Speed Angle of Attack 10° -2° -4° -6° -8° -10° 2800 13.8° 2650 14.5° 2600 15.8° 2450 16.9° 2350 17.8° 2200 18.8° 2100 19.9° 1950 20.8° 1800 21.8° 1700 22.9° 1600 24° 80 mph 129 km/h 3050 12.7° 2950 13.9° 2800 15° 2650 15.9° 2500 16.9° 2350 18° 2200 19° 2100 20° 1950 21.1° 1850 22.2° 1700 23.3° 90 mph 145 km/h 3250 11.9° 3100 12.9° 2950 13.9° 2800 14.9° 2600 15.9° 2450 16.9° 2300 18° 2150 19.1° 2050 20.3° 1900 21.4° 1750 22.6° 100 mph 161 km/h 3400 10.9° 3200 11.8° 3000 12.7° 2850 13.9° 2700 14.9° 2550 15.9° 2400 17.1° 2250 18.2° 2100 19.5° 1950 20.7° 1850 21.9° 110 mph 177 km/h 3450 9.6° 3250 10.6° 3100 11.6° 2900 12.7° 2750 13.8° 2600 15° 2450 16.2° 2300 17.4° 2150 18.7° 2000 19.9° 1850 21.2° 120 mph 193 km/h 3500 8.4° 3300 9.4° 3150 10.6° 2950 11.7° 2750 12.8° 2600 14.1° 2450 15.3° 2300 16.6° 2150 17.9° 2000 19.2° 1850 20.6° 130 mph 209 km/h 3550 7.3° 3300 8.3° 3150 9.5° 2950 10.7° 2800 12° 2600 13.2° 2450 14.5° 2300 15.8° 2150 17.2° 2000 18.5° 1850 19.9° 140 mph 225 km/h 3500 6.2° 3350 7.4° 3150 8.6° 2950 9.8° 2750 11.1° 2600 12.4° 2450 13.7° 2300 15.1° 2150 16.4° 2000 17.9° 1850 19.3° 150 mph 241 km/h 3500 5.2° 3300 6.5° 3100 7.7° 2950 2750 10.3° 2600 11.7° 2400 13° 2300 14.4° 2100 15.9° 1950 17.3° 1800 18.7° 160 mph 257 km/h 3500 4.3° 3300 5.7° 3100 6.9° 2900 8.2° 2750 9.6° 2550 11° 2400 12.4° 2250 13.9° 2100 15.3° 1950 16.8° 1800 18.2° 170 mph 274 km/h 3450 3.6° 3250 4.9° 3050 6.2° 2850 7.5° 2700 9.0° 2550 10.4° 2400 11.9° 2200 13.3° 2050 14.8° 1950 16.4° 1800 17.9° 180 mph 290 km/h Legend 325y 297m 300y 274m 275y 251m 250y 229m 225y 206m 200y 183m 175y 160m 150y 137m 125y 114m
Players with slower ball speeds may need a little more spin to keep the ball in the air to maximize carry. Everyone's optimal is unique to them. If you don't consider your Angle of Attack and Speed in a driver fitter fitting, you are leaving distance on the table.

TrackMan 4
Trackman launch monitor

The principal tool your fitter will utilize is a TrackMan 4 launch monitor (our fitters, however, are trained to understand metrics on a variety of measurement devices). TrackMan’s Dual-Doppler Radar Technology, inspired by missile tracking radar, can unlock full 3-dimensional club and ball data. TrackMan 4’s high-resolution radar beam captures the greatest detail and accuracy of a club’s movement and full down-range ball flight.

 

Shafts: Everyone Has Their Own Swing Autograph

PING drivers can be custom fit with different shaft types, weights and flexes to fit your swing speed, your transition from the backswing to forward swing, and desired ball flight.
 

Viktor Hovland's swing captured in ENSO swing analysis software

PING Tour Player Viktor Hovland creating his Swing Autograph in our ENSO Lab

To fine-tune your ball flight, your fitter will assess shaft characteristics such as flex and trajectory effect. Shaft flex is a measurement of how much a shaft bends under load. A shaft’s trajectory effect considers how variables such as weight, torque, and tip stiffness affect launch conditions.  Your fitter will also be mindful of the final length recommendation, as length can have a major impact on initial launch and spin.


The PING Shaft App

Using your swing inputs, clubhead speed, downswing and desired trajectory, our Shaft App provides a proprietary blueprint for shaft fitting. Your fitter will leverage our database of more than 1,000 shafts (PING proprietary and aftermarket) to identify the optimal shaft that will unlock your driving performance. The Shaft App makes this complex task simple for the fitter and you.
 


 

Ping Moments in History

Karsten Poses Outside First Gold Putter Vault
1975
The PING Gold Putter Vault is created to recognize PING putter wins by tour pros. For every tour win with a PING putter, two gold-plated replicas of the winning model are made. One is given to the tournament champion, the other is placed in the vault.

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