Wall-to-wall Ping equipment
What kind of pressure is there to buy?
None whatsoever. The guys there are purely fitters. They adjust clubs to suit the customers and their end product is a recommendation, which they give you in a Ping cardboard wallet, together with a brochure. If you ask, you can get a printout of all stats from the balls you hit, even dispersion patterns.
That's as close to attempting to sell me anything as it got.
The only way I could buy anything immediately is if I went to the pro shop next door and order the recommended driver through them. The fitters recommend you contact your local pro.
Could it be argued that the Ping session was merely massaging your ego?
I would say no because before I hit a ball, I had established what the fitter was looking for with my mate, and he did the same with me - attempting to maximise distance by reducing ball spin and attaining the optimal launch angle.
In your forum post you talked about the ‘smash factor’. What’s that?
Don't really know but it sounds good, doesn't it? It must be something measurable because they have it all programmed into the software - and they can pull up Bubba Watson's stats (he’s No.1 on the PGA Tour for driving distance with an average of over 320 yards, using a Ping G5 driver) for you to compare and marvel with your own.
What were your own stats?
Average swing speed: 116mph (maximum 122 mph).
Ball speed: add one-third to swing speed, Carry: 262 (max 272). Smash Factor: 1.56.
What was your overall opinion of the experience?
Very interesting session, I can seriously recommend it to everyone who is looking to improve. Fascinating to see the physics of golf working and how different shaft and loft options help to create the optimum launch angles and spin rates for a drive.
I would give the facilities 9.5 out of 10 (I felt that they could have had more shaft options available at the top end of the spectrum). As for the Ping staff they were very knowledgeable and eager to help. 10/10.
For further information or to book (waiting list currently extends until May): visit www.pingeurope.co.uk