April 12, 2021

Your guide to understanding how aim works on artificial turf.

Putting Baseline

Putting is a crucial stroke in the game of golf, as it can vastly influence 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 similar to natural greens we devised standardized testing methods to evaluate both natural and synthetic putting greens. These testing methods help give you the country club golf course experience at your own backyard putting green.

The Putting Green Assessment Tool is created to objectively measure the effect of distinct surfaces on the golf ball. The process is automated in such a way that it gets rid of the human interference and variability. For example, a human requested to putt 10 times will likely produce 10 different shots. It uses a simple device equipped with a free swinging putter to frequently 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 device produces 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 manner can be used to:

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

2. Benchmark playability of a particular 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 basic skill you have to practice to get the shot precise every time, but did you know that the status of the turf you’re on factors in a role, too? Here are the few elements that influence how the ball reacts when you’ve taken your swing and the ball lands:

Turf Stiffness

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

Friction Properties

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

Pile Lay

A natural green is rolled to ensure the fibers are not standing upright. Correctly infilled putting greens will replicate natural rolled greens and avoid grain irregularities.

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

The Southwest Greens Difference

Having a high value turf will provide you the confidence to know the ball will behave the way it needs to. The variety of turf will certainly affect your shot. The correctness of the turf lets the aim be as accurate as it can be, and you can now have this on your own lawn with our fan-favorite Golden Bear Turf.

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

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