How Are Green Speeds Measured? (Video)
How Are Green Speeds Measured? (Video)

How are green speeds measured? Now green speeds are measured using device called the stimpmeter. Now the stimpmeter was developed by a chap called Edward S Stimpson Sr., at the US open in 1935. The winning score that year was 11 over par, and he witnessed Gene Sarazen actually roll a putt off a green, and actually thought the greens were reasonably fast to play. So he came up with what is now known as the stimpmeter. And it’s just a device which is used to roll balls along the surface of the green at a certain velocity and then measure how far in feet that ball actually travels. And from that you can get a reading on the stimpmeter of anywhere from a very very slow green from about five up to an exceptionally quick green at about twelve.

Now on some courses a stimpmeter is also used to measure on slopes. So some slopes you say the masters notoriously flat stimps, you can actually get up to 13 for a team and on that type of stimp reading, it’s almost impossible for the ball to actually stay still. So if you popped a ball on a stimp meter green of a slope of about 13 to 14, it’s very hard for that ball to stay still. It would actually roll off and roll down. Now it would be a mistake to think that the stimpmeter and stimp readings don’t actually matter, because you can actually play on a course with a green of a stimpmeter reading of about eight, and the very next day play on a course with a stimpmeter reading of about nine, and you could have totally different feelings of the putter in that green. So it’s well worth knowing how to judge a green based on the stimpmeter reading. Now, a lot of courses do kind of undertake stimpmeter readings on a daily or weekly basis, and is aware what kind of device just to have a word with the club professional or the club secretary, before you go play a course and actually get a good reading of the green. So like I said a very slow green would be anywhere down a five and exceptionally quick green anywhere in to those of 12. But it’s always worth having a little bit of asking of questions to get a stimpmeter reading off the green; and it will certainly help you judge your putt length and help you judge your putt weight much much better.
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How are green speeds measured? Now green speeds are measured using device called the stimpmeter. Now the stimpmeter was developed by a chap called Edward S Stimpson Sr., at the US open in 1935. The winning score that year was 11 over par, and he witnessed Gene Sarazen actually roll a putt off a green, and actually thought the greens were reasonably fast to play. So he came up with what is now known as the stimpmeter. And it’s just a device which is used to roll balls along the surface of the green at a certain velocity and then measure how far in feet that ball actually travels. And from that you can get a reading on the stimpmeter of anywhere from a very very slow green from about five up to an exceptionally quick green at about twelve.

Now on some courses a stimpmeter is also used to measure on slopes. So some slopes you say the masters notoriously flat stimps, you can actually get up to 13 for a team and on that type of stimp reading, it’s almost impossible for the ball to actually stay still. So if you popped a ball on a stimp meter green of a slope of about 13 to 14, it’s very hard for that ball to stay still. It would actually roll off and roll down. Now it would be a mistake to think that the stimpmeter and stimp readings don’t actually matter, because you can actually play on a course with a green of a stimpmeter reading of about eight, and the very next day play on a course with a stimpmeter reading of about nine, and you could have totally different feelings of the putter in that green. So it’s well worth knowing how to judge a green based on the stimpmeter reading. Now, a lot of courses do kind of undertake stimpmeter readings on a daily or weekly basis, and is aware what kind of device just to have a word with the club professional or the club secretary, before you go play a course and actually get a good reading of the green. So like I said a very slow green would be anywhere down a five and exceptionally quick green anywhere in to those of 12. But it’s always worth having a little bit of asking of questions to get a stimpmeter reading off the green; and it will certainly help you judge your putt length and help you judge your putt weight much much better.