A guide to the Ping colour dot system

Thomas Tanner
Dec 06, 2019
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Whether you are looking for a new set of Ping clubs from the Golfbidder store, or you already own some PING clubs, then understanding the famous PING dot system is a requirement.

The colour coding allows the player to understand the lie angle of each PING set of clubs, which is the angle of the club shaft and the sole of the clubface against the length of the shaft. It’s a complex-sounding metric, but once you understand the system shown in the chart below, it can help you understand your clubs better and buy the perfect set for you.

Which Ping Dot colour are you?

  1. Find your height in the top bar. E.g. 6’3 = ½ inch longer than "standard".
  2. Measure the distance from your wrist to the floor. E.g. 35 Inches
  3. Intersect the two measurements to find your colour dot. E.g. In our example, it would be the Blue dot (.75 degree upright) +1/2 inch in length.
  4. If your measurements fall between two colours, then ball flight comes into play. If you are looking to reduce a fade/slice then choose the more upright setting, and the opposite to reduce the draw/ hook.

Older sets of PING clubs in our stock came in a different variation of the dot system, measured in increments of 1 degree rather than the new closer increments. The system was changed in 2017 so, when shopping, be sure to check the correct colour code.

The PING colour chart guide (Current):

Older Sets of Ping Irons (pre 2017):

Why is lie angle important?

Your clubs lie angle determines the way the head enters the turf hence the resulting shot direction and shape. If at address, the club head’s lie angle is too upright, then the toe of the club sits up in the air causing the initial direction of the shot with be left of target. If the opposite occurs, with the heel of the club face sitting too high, the ball flight will start right of target.

Too upright:

Correct:

Too flat:

Do you know your lie angle?

It is important to understand your position at the address as there isn’t a "standard" lie angle for manufacturers to follow. To prove this point, the "standard" 7-iron lie angles from 5 of our most popular sets of irons at Golfbidder are as follows:

Model Name Lie Angle
Titleist 718 AP1 63.0°
Callaway EPIC Pro 62.0°
Mizuno JPX919 Hot Metal 61.5°
Cobra KING Forged ONE 62.5°
Ping G410 62.0°

Further reading

Although golf clubs are lumps of metal on a shaft, every millimetre of the clubhead is sculpted to the tightest of manufacturing tolerance to make sure they perform as expected, when required.

A set of irons is probably the most expensive single piece of golf kit you’ll buy – so best to get it right! Hundreds of different models, but which set of golf irons will be best for you? To help you narrow down the options, we’ve put together our guide to buying Irons.