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 greatly change a player’s outcome in a single round. Any putting surface, natural or artificial, has important playability parameters that determine 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 guarantee our synthetic turf greens putted akin to natural greens we forged 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 method is automated in such a way that it eliminates the human interference and variability. For instance, a golfer requested to putt 10 times will likely produce 10 different shots. It uses a simple device equipped with a free swinging putter to repeatedly 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 apparatus produces data related to ball strike, spin, bounce, and aim. Other tests used in the protocol are common to most in the golf industry: speed and firmness(Stimpmeter and TruFirm).

This method can be used to:

1. Organize a baseline for model 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. Create 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 perfect to get the shot accurate every time, but did you know that the condition of the turf you’re on factors in a role, too? Here are the few elements that affect how the ball reacts when you’ve taken your swing and the ball hits 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 unpredictable ball movement while rolling ”chatter.”

Friction Properties

Friction properties between the ball and the turf also hugely influence how the ball slides and rolls. If putting surface friction is not optimized it will not correctly transition the club face and spin will create 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 simulate natural rolled greens and avoid grain inconsistencies.

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

The Southwest Greens Difference

Having a good value turf will provide you the confidence to know the ball will react the way it needs to. The kind of turf will surely affect your shot. The precision of the turf lets the aim be as accurate as possible, and you can now have this at your home 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 most outstanding synthetic green for putting aim on the market.

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