April 12, 2021

Your guide to understanding how aim works on artificial turf.

Putting Baseline

Putting is a critical stroke in the golf, as it can considerably affect a player’s outcome in a single round. Any putting surface, natural or artificial, has key playability parameters that determine the “putting quality” of such a surface. Bounce, spin, trueness, speed, aim, firmness, and consistency are some of the key attributes that affect “putting quality”.

To secure our synthetic turf greens putted akin to natural greens we created standardized testing methods to assess both natural and synthetic putting greens. These testing methods help bring you the country club golf course experience at your own backyard putting green.

The Putting Green Assessment Tool is devised to impartially measure the effect of diverse surfaces on the golf ball. The method is automated in such a way that it eliminates the human interference and variability. For instance, a golfer asked to putt 10 times will likely produce 10 different shots. It uses a simple device equipped with a free swinging putter to regularly reproduce identical ball strokes for the putting motion, and two launching mechanisms that administer backspin to the ball from ground level and from 2ft from the ground. The tool generates data related to ball strike, spin, bounce, and aim. Other tests used in the protocol are well-known to most in the golf industry: speed and firmness(Stimpmeter and TruFirm).

This practice can be used to:

1. Set up a base level for ideal playability of putting greens using natural grass greens at the highest level;

2. Benchmark playability of a notable course vs. the baseline;

3. Benchmark the playability of an artificial putting system vs. natural green;

4. Generate product comparison data and advance product development intentionally to achieve a specific target.

How Turf Affects Aim

Aim is a significant skill you have to perfect to get the shot precise every time, but did you know that the condition of the turf you’re on plays a role, too? Here are the few elements that influence how the ball reacts when you’ve taken your swing and the ball comes to rest on the turf:

Turf Stiffness

The stiffness of the turf influences how the golf ball will move throughout the putt, if the fiber is not optimized for putting particularly it can create erratic ball movement while rolling ”chatter.”

Friction Properties

Friction properties among the ball and the turf also notably influence how the ball slides and rolls. If putting surface friction is not optimized it will not properly transition the club face and spin will establish a bouncing effect instead of a smooth roll.

Pile Lay

A natural green is rolled to guarantee the fibers are not standing upright. Properly infilled putting greens will simulate natural rolled greens and avoid grain inconsistencies.

To test aim and surface variation; we measured the relative variation of standardized putts on a multitude of miscellaneous putting surfaces (bermuda, bent, nylon synthetic, polyethylene synthetic, and polypropylene synthetic)

The Southwest Greens Difference

Having a good quality turf will provide you the confidence to know the ball will respond the way it is supposed to. The kind of turf will absolutely affect your shot. The accuracy of the turf lets the aim be as accurate as possible, and you can now have this on your property with our fan-favorite Golden Bear Turf.

Golden Bear Turf’s aim is scientifically developed and tested to match pro-quality putting greens. Shot after shot and putt after putt, Golden Bear has the snugest perimeter and the best aim of any putting surface. For pro-level consistency, it’s hands down the best synthetic green for putting aim on the market.

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