How To Read The Ping Color Chart Guide: Detailed Guide

Having a fitted set of golf club shafts is likely to improve your consistency.

To achieve this Ping developed the Ping Color Chart Guide based on the PING Dot System.

Club Fittings and Shaft Length

When doing a club fitting at a professional fitter, shaft lengths are determined by the distance between the crease of your wrist and the floor.

This caters to differences in length and arm length providing golfers with the best indication of the best-suited shaft length.

Once the golf shaft length is determined, you can calculate the lie angle.

The Ping Color-Coding system calculates the shaft dynamics and lie angle and then color-codes the irons by placing a colored dot in the cavity of the irons.

This allows you to determine your Ping color and then select the relevant color-coded irons at purchase. Colors are assigned using a combination of your height and wrist-to-floor measurement.

It is recommended that you use your static measurements when going for a dynamic fitting session with a professional fitter.

📢 Need To Know: PING introduced its Color-Coding System in 1972 providing guidance for golfers when choosing Ping irons.

What Does the Ping Color Chart Measure?

The PING color code chart uses your height and wrist-to-floor measurements to determine the best lie angle and shaft length for your Ping irons.

Ping Color Chart caters to golfers between 5 feet 0 inches and 6 feet 7 inches.

Standard lie angles are indicated by the Ping black dot irons.

📢 Need To Know: Manufacturers consider players between 5 feet 7 inches and 6 feet as the average golfer and build their standard-length clubs to fit an average golfer.

What do pings colored dots mean?

Dot colors are assigned to clubs indicating the lie angles.

These dots range from gold for the flattest lie angle (4 degrees flat), – brown (3 degrees flat), orange (2 degrees flat), red (1 degree flat), black (standard lie angle), blue (1 degree upright), green (2 degrees upright), white (3 degrees upright), silver (4 degrees upright) and maroon (5 degrees upright) for the most upright lie angle.

What does the red dot mean on Ping irons?

A red dot on Ping irons means that you need a lie angle that is 1 degree flatter than the standard lie angle.

What does the orange dot on Ping golf clubs mean?

An orange dot on Ping irons means that you need a lie angle that is 2 degrees flatter than the standard lie angle while Ping green dot irons mean that you require a lie angle that is 2 degrees more upright than the standard lie angle.

Lie angles range from 4 degrees flat for the flattest lie angle to 5 degrees upright for the most upright lie angle.

📢 Need To Know: Standard length irons made for the average length golfer are identified by a black dot.

How Do I Know My Ping Color? Steps To Find Out

Ping Color Code Chart
PING Color Code Chart

Although the process looks and sounds technical, the chart above and the steps below should help.

How do you color code a Ping chart?

There is a well-defined process to follow for finding the right color on the Ping Color Chart consisting of the following steps.

Step One

Imperial measurements are indicated at the top of the Ping Color Chart while the metric measurements are indicated at the bottom of the chart.

Wrist-to-floor measurements are indicated on the sides of the color chart. Imperial measurements are on the left side and metric measurements are on the right side.

Step Two

Determine the correct shaft length by comparing your height to the height indicators.

Players shorter than the average 5 feet 7 inches will require a shorter shaft indicated by a negative number. Players taller than 6 feet will require longer shafts indicated by a positive number.

📢 Need To Know: You can also get your golf club lengthened if the length is wrong through a professional service or you can DIY it.

Step Three

Find the intersection of the row with your wrist-to-floor measurement to the column that indicates the correct shaft length.

This will provide you with an indication of the color band that your ideal clubs fall in.

Taller golfers require a more upright lie angle while shorter golfers require a flatter lie angle.

You should find that the intersection between your height and wrist-to-floor measurement falls in one of the 12 color bands.

Every color is linked to a lie angle ranging from 4 degrees flat for shorter golfers up to 5 degrees upright for tall golfers.

Step Four

You may find that you are borderline between two colors. To overcome this, you have to compare your current ball flight with your irons.

For a ball flight that typically fades or slices, you will be well advised to take the more upright lie angle.

To reduce a hook or draw you will be well advised to select the flatter lie angle.

How Accurate Is the Ping Color Chart?

The Ping color chart should be seen as a guide, well thought through, and pretty close to accurate, but still only as a guide.

Ping believes that the chart is reasonably accurate after 5 decades of use.

💡 Golfible Tip: If you still experience too much of a draw or fade, it is advisable to visit a professional golf coach or club fitter to tweak areas that may still require attention.

What Is the Most Common Ping Dot Color?

Average golfers are defined as players between 5 feet 7 inches and 6 feet, and an average wrist-to-floor length is between 67 inches and 72 inches represented by the black dot.

This is also the most common dot color found on Ping golf clubs.

Are Ping Drivers Color Coded?

The Ping dot chart is aimed at irons as the lie angles on irons are easier to adjust than on drivers and woods.

The advent of adjustable drivers and woods has enabled fitters to adjust the lie angle by changing the settings.

Can You Adjust Lie Angle on Ping Irons?

Ping irons are manufactured using Investment Cast and then heat-treated to strengthen the metal. Although this hardened clubhead may be difficult to adjust, Ping can adjust the lie angle and color-coded dot at your request.

📋 Keep in mind: The lie angles can be adjusted upright as 5 degrees or as far flat as 4 degrees, in 1° increments.

How Do You Find the Lie Angle?

The angle created between the center of the shaft and the ground at address is known as the lie angle of a club.

If the sole is flat on the ground at address your club has the correct lie angle.

A sole that has the toe in the air at address is too flat while a sole with the heel in the air is too upright.

📋 Keep in mind: Clubs with a lie angle that is too flat tend to result in a dreaded slice while clubs that are too upright will often lead to hooking the ball.


What do the colors mean on PING clubs?

PING’s color code system assigns a different color to each golf club to indicate its unique specifications, such as lie angle and shaft length. The colors include black, blue, green, yellow, red, and orange, with each representing a specific club configuration for an individual golfer. The colors help golfers ensure they have the right clubs to suit their swing and playing style.

How accurate is the PING color code?

Using the PING color code can help golfers achieve optimal performance as it is a highly accurate fitting system for irons, with 75% of golfers fitting within two color codes. The system is based on height, wrist-to-floor measurement, and hand size, making it effective for beginners and experienced golfers to improve their accuracy and consistency on the course.

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Lawrence Smelser has been part of the Golfible writing staff since 2019 and is a freelance golf journalist. Smelser has covered the PGA Tour including the U.S. Masters with He holds a journalism Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and a Master’s journalism degree from the University of North Texas. Learn more about our team at Golfible on our About Us page.

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