Optimize Green Speed

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Green Speed

  • Fast greens are sometimes perceived to be good greens but this is not necessarily the case.
  • Trueness and consistency across all greens are more important than speed.
  • Average mowing heights in the summer months are between 3-5mm and slightly higher in the winter months.
  • Cutting the greens lower or rolling can increase green speed. However, in the long-term these practices can encourage undesirable coarse grass species such as Poa annua, moss and algae.
  • Green Speed is measured with a device known as a Stimpmeter.


  • Greens can be managed to produce firm, true putting surfaces without the need to cut them down to excessively low heights. Treatments include: light/frequent top dressing, regular verti-cutting treatments, balanced nutrient input.
  • Occasional light rolling can help to increase green speed without the need to lower cutting heights (treatments should be used in conjunction with an appropriate aeration program).
  • Use low nitrogen inputs to harden turf growth.
  • Slow release nutrients will not give surge growth and will therefore improve green speed consistency between mowing.
  • Calcium fertilizers strengthen cell walls and improve green speed.
  • Use Plant Growth Regulators to increase green speed and improvement consistency during the day.
  • Double mowing especially prior to tournaments.
  • Irrigation should be kept to minimum required for healthy turf growth.
  • Remove surface dew. (Use our H2Pro DewSmart to prevent surface dew)