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 affect 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 secure our synthetic turf greens putted similar to natural greens we generated standardized testing methods to assess 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 created to impartially measure the effect of diverse surfaces on the golf ball. The method is automated in such a way that it gets rid of the human interference and variability. For example, a golfer requested to putt 10 times will likely get 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 familiar to most in the golf industry: speed and firmness(Stimpmeter and TruFirm).

This manner can be used to:

1. Organize a base level 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. 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 accurate every time, but did you know that the status 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 lands:

Turf Stiffness

The tension of the turf influences how the golf ball will move throughout the putt, if the fiber is not optimized for putting specifically it can produce inconsistent ball movement while rolling ”chatter.”

Friction Properties

Friction properties amid the ball and the turf also greatly 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 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 imitate natural rolled greens and avoid grain irregularities.

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


The Southwest Greens Difference

Having a high quality turf will provide you the confidence to know the ball will respond the way it is supposed to. The type of turf will certainly affect your shot. The precision 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 tightest perimeter and the finest 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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