April 12, 2021

Your guide to understanding how aim works on artificial turf.


Putting Baseline

Putting is a crucial stroke in the golf, as it can notably 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 secure our synthetic turf greens putted akin to natural greens we developed standardised testing methods to evaluate 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 objectively measure the effect of different surfaces on the golf ball. The method is automated in such a way that it gets rid of 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 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 instrument generates 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 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. 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 dead on 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 influence how the ball reacts when you’ve taken your swing and the ball lands:

Turf Stiffness

The rigidity of the turf influences how the golf ball will move throughout the putt, if the fiber is not optimised for putting specifically it can create erratic 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 properly transition the club face and spin will form 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 multitude of different 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 react the way it is supposed to. The variety 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 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 most accurate 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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