Golf Grass: How Does the Type of Grass Impact Your Game?

Hank Kerfoot - Thursday, April 11, 2013

Can you blame or credit your last round on the golf grass you played on?

golf grass: how does the type of grass impact your game

The game of golf is inseparable from the subject of golf grass. The ball rolls on the grass, or not, because of distinct factors in the turf of the course. From the density of the root system to the width of the blades, the type of grass impacts your game.

Here are a few of the factors involved:
• density of root system/turf
• width and softness of blades
• length of grass
• moisture (humidity levels, for example)
• grain

A dense carpet of closely-mown green velvet is the classic putting green surface. You want the ball to roll cleanly with perfect control into the cup. A ball sitting higher on the surface of firmer grass will spin more than one sinking in a little. The grain, the direction the grass grows, will cause a ball to speed up or slow down because there's a subtle texture to grass that is more pronounced in some species.

Out on the fairway, the grass is just an emerald blur under the ball until it comes to earth. Then, the friction of the grass against the ball comes into play again. Being able to 'read the green' is a skill that golfers carefully cultivate, knowing that their game is directly affected by the grass they are playing on.

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