Your guide to understanding how aim works on artificial turf.
Putting is a critical stroke in the game of golf, as it can vastly change a player’s outcome in a single round. Any putting surface, natural or artificial, has important playability parameters that decide 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 developed standardized testing methods to assess 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 devised to objectively 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 instance, a person asked to putt 10 times will likely get 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 apply backspin to the ball from ground level and from 2ft from the ground. The apparatus generates 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. Establish a baseline for perfect 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. Produce 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 quality 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:
The stiffness of the turf alters 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 amidst the ball and the turf also greatly 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 create a bouncing effect instead of a smooth roll.
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 number of various putting surfaces (bermuda, bent, nylon synthetic, polyethylene synthetic, and polypropylene synthetic)
The Southwest Greens Difference
Having a high value turf will give you the understanding to know the ball will respond the way it needs to. The type of turf will certainly affect your shot. The precision 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 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 simply the perfect synthetic green for putting aim on the market.