When manufacturing their sets of irons, PING stamps each iron with a colored dot, which has left many golfers confused about the dots’ significance.
The dots do not indicate a particular style of club, as any line of irons is available in every color, but instead represent the angle of the club heads to the standard shaft angle.
There are two important measurements that must be taken in order to determine the ideal color for the irons you purchase. The first measurement is the height of the golfer, and the second is the distance from the ground to the player’s wrists when the player is standing naturally. The measurements are compared with the PING color chart (see below).
All irons are available with a specific shift to each club’s standard lie angle, and the dot identifies the amount and direction of the shift. There are 12 color codes in three-quarter-degree steps ranging from 3.75 degrees flat to 4.5 degrees upright.
The dot colors used to identify the lie angles, in order from the most flat to the most upright are gold, brown, orange, purple, red, black, blue, yellow, green, white, silver and maroon. The black dot signifies standard lies, neither upright nor flat, which are supposed to fit players of average size.
Selecting a set of irons with a colored dot that does not match your ideal color increases the likelihood of errant shots. A set of clubs that is too upright is likely to cause a player to come around too much on the ball. When this happens, the player is more likely to pull or hook the ball. Conversely, the same player with clubs that are too flat is likely to fall victim to pushes and slices.
Quote from Golfsmith Master Fitter around the fitting process.
“We get this question every day from our customers. Once we get their height and wrist measurements, we are able to identify a color dot. We then ask them to hit a few and fit them according to their ball flight. With so many options, we are able to dial them in instantly.”
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