How to Choose the Best Artificial Putting Green Grass
If you’re searching for the best artificial grass putting green but are unsure where to start, then you’ve come to the right place.
With an abundance of artificial putting green grass to choose from, it can be a daunting experience to sort through a myriad of products to find the best putting green turf.
The purpose of today’s article is to help you do just that. Fortunately, it needn’t be as daunting as it seems. By following the advice laid out here, you’ll be sure to find the best putting green grass that will provide hours and hours of home putting fun, providing you with the best playing experience possible.
You’ll enjoy many benefits from having your own home artificial putting green, such as being able to practice all year round without a waterlogged green stopping you playing, being able to socialise and entertain family and friends and, ultimately, driving that handicap down.
Here is our guide to choosing the best artificial putting green grass.
Synthetic yarns can be straight or texturised. Straight yarns are self-explanatory – the fibre is straight – and texturised yarns are where the fibre is bent.
Texturised yarns most closely mimic the grass on real grass greens so are favoured by many golfers. When searching for the best artificial putting green, always opt for a texturised yarn.
Of course, you can always use straight yarns to form the fringe grass, longer grass surrounding your putting area, which is ideal for chipping and preventing the ball from rolling off the green.
One of the first things to look for when searching for your putting green grass is the pile density. Generally, the denser the pile, the better, provided it’s not so dense that it prevents the installation of an infill material. Anything around 80,000 stitches per square metre performs best.
Dense piles are not only more hard-wearing and so capable of withstanding many hours of practice, but will also help to replicate a true ball roll speed.
Sparse piles tend to flatten very quickly and once this happens you lose the realistic ball roll.
When choosing the best artificial putting green grass, it’s important to choose a product that has the most realistic ball roll speed possible.
The best artificial golfing experience will always be when your back garden putting most resembles playing on a real green.
One of the most important factors when searching for the best putting grass is to choose a product with minimal pile direction. All domestic garden artificial turf has a pile direction, meaning the fibres lean slightly in one direction.
When it comes to putting green grass, excessive pile direction can mean an unrealistic ball roll speed, whereby the putting grass performs differently depending on which direction you are putting.
The ball will roll faster when going with the pile direction and slower when rolling into the pile.
The best way to check this is to request samples of your artificial putting green and look closely to check to see if the pile uniformly leans in one direction.
One of the most important things to look for when choosing the best artificial grass for any application, not just golf putting greens, is the backing.
You can have the strongest, best-performing yarn in the world but if the backing isn’t up to scratch then it’s irrelevant. The backing is what holds the entire lawn or green together. Without a strong backing the yarn will become detached, causing excessive loss of yarn, which in the case of a golf putting green will affect performance significantly.
There are a couple of ways in which you can find out whether a backing material is up to scratch. Ask your chosen supplier for the specification and check to see how much latex is found within the grass. You should look for over 900 grams per square metre.
Probably the best way to check the quality of the backing is by performing the pull test, as shown in the video below.
Artificial grass backing is made up of a primary and secondary layer and if you can pull them apart using your fingers, as shown in the video, then this indicates a poor-quality backing.
A micron is a unit of measurement equal to a millionth of a metre. The thickness of synthetic fibres is measured in microns.
The micron measurement of an artificial fibre has a vital influence on how your artificial grass will perform.
In terms of putting green grass it will affect longevity, durability and performance.
To find the micron thickness of an artificial putting green yarn, we’d recommend checking the manufacturer’s specification.
We recommend opting for a thicker fibre for best all round performance and durability.
For more in-depth information on fibre thickness, please see our previous article, ‘Why Microns Matter When Choosing the Best Fake Grass’.
Of course, it’s not all about performance. There’s no doubt about it, you’ll also want your putting green turf to look good.
It’s likely to be a key part of your outdoor space so ensuring it looks realistic and blends in with the surroundings of your garden is very important.
Aesthetics are purely a matter of personal preference, but you can check the appearance of your chosen turf by requesting samples and looking at pictures of real-life installations, or preferably seeing them ‘in the flesh’ if you can.
There you have it, choosing the best artificial putting green grass doesn’t need to be as difficult as it first seems.
As mentioned at the beginning of this guide, the advice given is specific to artificial putting greens but you should also consider these seven things, as they are applicable to all types of artificial grass, regardless of application. Issues such as choosing a turf that has been independently tested for harmful substances, length of warranty, fire rating and manufacturing origin should be taken into consideration too.
If you need any further help, then why not give our friendly team a call today? You can contact us on 01245 931 200, by using the contact form here, or by leaving us a comment below.
Don’t forget, you can request your artificial putting green grass sample, NeoPutt, to be delivered straight to your doorstep, free of charge. That way you can see for yourself the engineering and technology that has gone into creating our putting green turf.