Ping have launched a new app to work on the Apple Watch which includes a "Golf Workout" feature capable of tracking fitness data, swing tempo and on-course statistics.
The iPing app is a free download from the App Store. The full Golf Workout experience is available as an in-app purchase at an introductory price of £3.99.
“Our Golf Workout for Apple Watch presents a tremendous benefit for golfers without disturbing the tranquility so many seek through the game,” said David Solheim, Ping Vice President. “We’re strong believers that electronic technologies can play a positive role in the future of golf, they just need to be delivered in an organic and unobtrusive way. By utilising the power of Apple Watch, we've taken a desirable device and crafted an experience to help golfers improve their game via sensor data.”
According to Solheim, Ping’s in-house app development team focused on bringing more visibility to golf’s health benefits. Golf Workout records heart rate, step count and calories burned in either the Swing Practice or Play Golf modes.
In the Swing Practice mode, golfers can time their backswing and downswing, providing a measure of tempo to help hone their swing for improved results on the course. The Play Golf function allows the stat-focused golfer to track important data, including fairways hit, greens in regulation, putts per round and keep score.
The app also houses updates to iPing, a putting-improvement tool that attaches to a putter shaft using an iPing Cradle, and works in conjunction with an iPhone.