April 12, 2021

Your guide to understanding how aim works on artificial turf.

Putting Baseline

Putting is an essential 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 important playability parameters that rule the “putting quality” of such a surface. Bounce, spin, trueness, speed, aim, firmness, and regularity are some of the key attributes that affect “putting quality”.

To ensure our synthetic turf greens putted comparable to natural greens we devised standardized testing methods to check both natural and synthetic putting greens. These testing methods help deliver 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 different surfaces on the golf ball. The process is automated in such a way that it eliminates the human interference and variability. For example, 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 frequently reproduce identical ball strokes for the putting motion, and two launching mechanisms that apply 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 familiar to most in the golf industry: speed and firmness(Stimpmeter and TruFirm).

This method can be used to:

1. Establish a guideline for ideal playability of putting greens using natural grass greens at the highest level;

2. Benchmark playability of a specific 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 accurate every time, but did you know that the quality of the turf you’re on plays a role, too? Here are the few elements that affect 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 affects how the golf ball will move throughout the putt, if the fiber is not optimized for putting specifically it can create inconsistent ball movement while rolling ”chatter.”

Friction Properties

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

Pile Lay

A natural green is rolled to assure 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 ton of various putting surfaces (bermuda, bent, nylon synthetic, polyethylene synthetic, and polypropylene synthetic)

The Southwest Greens Difference

Having a good value turf will give you the assurance to know the ball will behave the way it needs to. The variety of turf will absolutely affect your shot. The correctness 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 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 simply the perfect synthetic green for putting aim on the market.

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