S.P.E.E.D. - Consider What's Right for Your CourseBy Paul Vermeulen, Agronomist
Mid-Continent Region, USGA Green Section
Reprinted from the USGA Green Section Record
1995 November/December Vol 33(6): 1-5
Since the humble beginnings of the game, golfers have maintained an immense interest in the quality of the putting surface. This should come as no surprise, considering that almost half the strokes recorded on the scorecard by most golfers are taken on the greens.
Unfortunately, high Stimpmeter readings are often used today as the sole criterion for evaluating putting quality when, in fact, many greens simply were not designed or built with high readings in mind. Depending on such variables as the principal resources available for course maintenance, environmental conditions, the expertise of the golfers who play the course, and the annual volume of play, maintaining smooth, consistent putting greens at slower Stimpmeter readings may be a more practical and worthy objective.
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