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Stimpmeter Stimpmeter allows a green-keeper to measure the speed of the green and as you can see from opposite it is a relatively simple device. Read on to find out more about the Stimpmeter
Stimpmeter: What and how they are used.
Key Things to Remember
2. Conditions during a test are important. Initially , test your greens under optimum conditions – a cleanly mowed, dry, smooth surface on a calm day. Once this basic speed has been established, you can then document speeds as they vary under unusual conditions: windy days, wet surfaces, non-mowed, recently topdressed , time of day, before and after fertilizer applications, etc. The data thus accumulated will lead to a better understanding of how different management practices affect the speed and consistency of each green on your golf course.
3. Practice makes perfect. A relatively small amount of practice in using the Stimpmeter will increase the accuracy and consistency of your data.
thorough records. Obviously, complete and accurate record, maintained over
extended periods, are the most useful.
The Effects of Management Practices
The manner in
which putting greens are managed has a tremendous influence on their speed and
consistency. Most of these factors are known to some degree, but almost all are
worthy of research. Following are some of the major variables that using the
Stimpmeter will help us to understand more effectively:
2. Watering practices and surface moisture (dew) are crucial to green speeds. Moist turf will be slower than dry turf at any mowing height.
3. Fertilizing practices can be studied, such as the effects of rate and frequency of application, nitrogen source, and nutrient balance.
4. Grain is sometimes a deterrent to uniformity of speed. How grain is affected by changes in direction of cut, use of vertical mowing equipment, riding versus single unit mowers, etc., can be studied a they relate to green speed.
5. The effects of aeration, spiking, and topdressing can be measured, both before and after treatments.
6. Speed variations among the different grasses presently used for putting greens can be documented.
keeping good records, you will be better able to observe, determine, and explain
variances in green speed throughout the year and compensate for them. For
example, in spring, when Poa annua produces excessive seedheads, greens can be
slower and more bumpy. Your records will serve as a reminder to topdress, begin
vertical mowing, or schedule other practices calculated to help maintain the
desired speed and consistency.
Championship greens should be fast and uniformly paced, firm but resilient. They should place a premium on well-executed shots, while exacting a penalty for less precise shots.
Close daily mowing, a light nutrient program, proper irrigation scheduling, a good topdressing schedule, and a minimum of thatch are the accepted means of achieving excellent greens. The test for determining whether a surface is properly firm but resilient is the type of ball mark that results from a distance shot onto the green. If the turf within the ball-mark depression holds together, the green has the firmness required of a championship green.
Strive for championship conditions only for limited periods of time, principally for important club events. Turfgrass failure is common when championship conditions are maintained for too long or when adverse weather conditions occur.
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