4 Differences Between Pro Golf Turfs and Recreational Golf Turfs

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Wanting to step up your Golf game? Check out the 4 Differences Between Pro Golf Turfs and Recreational Golf Turfs.

Golf Turf

Did you know that there are over 2.2 million acres of golf courses in the United States alone?

Of these acres, 1.5 million are natural and high-maintenance turfs.

Oh oh, high-maintenance? That word alone can send a shiver down anyone’s spine, for that means it’s going to cost an arm and a leg!

Not only will a natural turf cost you more, but it can also exacerbate a water crisis, especially for those residing in the state of California, where frequent wildfires engulf forests and residential areas.

If more people try to emulate billionaires by purchasing natural turfs that require vast gallons of water, then say adios to your drinking water!

Okay, so what are you supposed to do if golfing is your hobby, for example?

Or better yet, you’re a pro golfer who looks up to Tiger Woods and would like to become famous like him someday. Then what should you do?

Give up for the sake of environmental conservation?

Well, yes, technically, you can. But you can’t just stop playing golf altogether!

That’s why looking into synthetic turfs should be on your table!

Before you make that jump to purchase an artificial golf turf, you need to know which KIND of turf will be suitable for your needs.

Pro golfers, for instance, require a different level of play and system than a hobbyist.

So what kind of golfer are you, and what differences should you look out for?

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  1. Chipping

For recreational putting green, the chipping distance is much shorter because there’s less sand and less cushion layer for the ball to grab. So the ball bounces off of the green if you are chipping from too far away.

Concerning professional putting green, the chipping distance on a professional-style is around 3 to 4 times farther than a recreational putting green.

2. Maintenance

Synthetic turf putting greens used for leisure purposes are far easier to maintain than professional ones because the turf fibers are corrugated. 

Plus, there’s no routine maintenance to roll the turf since you can’t adjust the turf fiber on this type of system.

Meanwhile, on professional-style greens, the turf needs to be rolled intensively before completing the system. You can accomplish this by using a sod, i.e., water roller, over the putting green surface. Inquire about the proper technique if you’re unsure you can do it on your own.

Furthermore, competitive players are usually more meticulous, and the green will endure more usage. Thus professional-level greens require more surface grooming, brushing, and leveling out of the infill layers over time. 

3. Slicing

One of the most frustrating things that can happen to a golf enthusiast is slicing the golf ball. For those who are unfamiliar, a golf slice is when the golf ball curves sharply to the right (for right-handed golfers). Not only does it make it difficult to hit the ball straight, but it can also lead to lost balls and damage to the turf. There are a few things that you can do to stop slicing the golf ball. First, check your grip. If your grip is too tight, it will cause the golf club to twist in your hand, resulting in a slice. Second, make sure that you are using the correct clubs. If you are using clubs that are too long or too stiff, it will again lead to a slice. Finally, focus on your swing. A good golf swing is smooth and fluid, with no jerky movements. If you can keep these things in mind, you should be able to stop slicing the golf ball in no time.

4. Stimp

For recreational golf putting greens: when it comes to speed, the average ball speed will likely be around 8-11 stimp on a recreational putting green.

Whereas, for professional golf putting greens, the stimp rating will likely increase to 10-13.

5.  Cost

Professional golf putting greens most often cost around 20-50% more than ones made for recreational purposes. 

The amount of infill, labor, and overall detail on professional-style golf greens makes them more costly.

Buy Your Golf Turf

When planning on putting synthetic green in your backyard, either for professional or recreational purposes, make sure to choose a golf turf that’s both high in quality and environmentally friendly!

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